The Lloydminster RCMP are alerting the public after an increase in break and enters recently.
On Nov. 25, at 5:45 a.m., the Lloydminster RCMP attended a complaint of a break and enter to a residence in the area of 39 Street and 53 Avenue, that had just occurred. A 55-year-old man was home when two men broke into his house. Two sets of footprints were located around the house into the backyard, up to the patio door and around to the front door.
The suspects went as far to remove a basement window to gain entry into the home. The culprits also gained entry into the shed in the backyard and left the door open. The police said they believe the culprits may have been watching this home for activity. The Lloydminster RCMP Forensic Identification Section was called out to process the scene for evidence. The suspect vehicle in this incident was described as a grey or silver newer Dodge truck with bluish headlights.
Since Nov. 1, the Lloydminster RCMP said they have seen an increase in break and enters into homes and businesses. With Christmas less than a month away, thieves have been busy trying to get their hands on anything, they said. The RCMP have attended a few break and enters into businesses where the culprit gained entrance through the roof and down through the ceiling, however the most common way thieves are getting into homes is through unlocked doors. One incident reported this month was from a home owner who advised police he only went out for a half hour and came home to find that his house had been broken into. In another incident, the culprit found the outside hidden house key. Thieves are looking for easy things to steal. Items that have been reported stolen from residential break and enters are jewelry, money, electronics such as laptops and gaming systems and video games. A safe was also reported stolen in one occurrence.
“If you experience a break and enter into your home or business, please call the RCMP right away as police have a better chance to make an arrest,” the RCMP said in a news release. “If you believe someone is in your home while you are at home, call 911 right away and do not confront the person. The RCMP would also like to remind the public not to touch anything until police have attended. Police officers are finding that valuable evidence is lost when people clean up, start putting things away or shovel away the footprints left in the snow. The more evidence the police can gather from each scene increases the chance of determining the person or persons responsible.”
The RCMP have also had several reports of unknown people checking door handles or attempting to try their luck with keyless entry door codes. These occurrences are happening at all times of the day and night. Some reports that have been received are of a male going house to house checking for unlocked doors. In one incident, around 5 p.m., a man was found in the home by the home owner attempting to steal her purse.
“The RCMP are encouraging the public to report any suspicious vehicles or people in your neighbourhood, please don’t think you are inconveniencing us as it is our job to keep you safe,” said Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth. “The police aren’t advising you of these occurrences to cause worry, rather to cause awareness in order for you to take the precautions you need to avoid being a victim.”