A Calgary man has been charged after a string of break-ins where the thief got in by cutting window screens or through unlocked windows.
Within a one-week period earlier this month, three homes were broken into in the early morning hours with items like credit cards and a tablet stolen.
The offender would then immediately make purchases with the stolen cards at nearby convenience stores.
Between Friday, July 12 and Thursday, July 18, police responded to reports of three break-ins which all happened within a few blocks of each other in Marlborough Park.
On Thursday, while executing a search warrant at an address on Manora Place N.E. — the same street where two of the break-ins had taken place — police arrested a man who they say was in the process of selling a tablet which had been reported stolen from one of the break-ins.
Jason Adam Foster, 34, is charged with three counts of break and enter, 11 counts of using a stolen credit card and one count of trafficking stolen property.
Public warned to follow ‘9 p.m. routine’
Police are reminding the public to ensure their homes are secure, and encouraging people to adopt a routine which CPS calls “the 9 p.m. routine” which includes:
- Removing valuables from vehicles.
- Ensuring vehicles are locked with windows closed and if possible, parked in a garage.
- Closing garage doors and windows.
- Locking any person-doors in the garage, including those leading into a house.
- Checking that all house doors…