CALGARY – Police have charged a 40-year-old man they describe as a “prolific break and enter suspect” a day after a couple awoke to find a man wielding scissors in their home.
A married couple was asleep in an apartment in the 800 block of 8 Avenue S.W. just before midnight on Monday, when suspicious noises woke them up. The husband found a man had broken into his home and was in his living room with a pair of scissors. The husband called the police, the man aimed the scissors at the homeowners, and then fled the apartment.
The suspect was found nearby and was taken into custody. At that time, police found break and enter “tools” including key fobs, key cards and house keys.
Steven John Klaric was charged with break and enter to commit an offence, and possession of break-in instruments and is set to appear in court Wednesday.
Police suggest the following tips for Calgarians to help prevent break and enters, property and vehicle theft:
Lock vehicle, garage and house doors, even if you’re nearby or only leaving for a short period of time;Don’t leave vehicles unattended with the keys inside, and make sure spare keys are kept in a secure location—not in or around your vehicle;Hide or remove valuables, including garage door openers, from your vehicle so they’re not visible to people walking by;Secure your vehicle if you need to leave it running by either locking the doors or using a steering wheel lock so it can’t be driven easily;Report any suspicious activity to police immediately at 403-266-1234, or 911 if a crime is in progress.