New Glasgow Regional Police Service arrested a young man Friday, August 05 at approximately 6:30 a.m. after they received a call from a resident that a suspicious person was looking in a neighbour’s vehicle.
While on routine patrol, NGRPS was able to respond immediately which resulted in the arrest of an 18-year-old adult male on Almont Avenue, New Glasgow.
The 18-year-old adult male from New Glasgow has been charged with trespassing at night, mischief, theft and possession of stolen goods.
These charges are in relation to a number of thefts from vehicles from the Eastside New Glasgow area. During the preliminary part of the investigation, investigators discovered between 10 and 15 vehicles have been broken into and they encourage residents to check their vehicle on the Eastside of New Glasgow for other possible thefts and report them immediately.
The accused has been remainder into custody to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on Monday, August 8.
New Glasgow Regional Police have responded to more than 100 calls of thefts from vehicles in the last nine months according to Const. Ken MacDonald with New Glasgow Regional Police.
“This is a textbook case of lock it or lose it,” says MacDonald. “It’s a crime of opportunity, if there are tempting items in the vehicle and the vehicle is unlocked, would-be thieves are more likely to act.”
To prevent becoming a victim of this type of crime, MacDonald says it is important to always lock your vehicle doors and keep valuables out of the vehicle.
“If you must keep valuables in your vehicle, including spare change for coffee, keep it out of sight. Lock valuables in the trunk and out of plain sight. There is more of a trend of theft from vehicles that have been left unlocked with valuables in plain sight.”
MacDonald says when possible, try to park in a well-lit, well-traveled area and always report anything suspicious.
“In this case the quick action of the public was instrumental. The public are encouraged to call police at 902-752-1941 or 9-1-1 if they observe any suspicious activity. Police would rather get the call and it end of being nothing than not getting the call because it ca be a key in solving criminal activity.”
New Glasgow Regional Police continues to investigate.