Three residents of Marystown have been arrested and face a multitude of charges in connection with an alleged break and enter ring that targeted the region in recent months.
Two males, ages 33 and 23, were arrested Tuesday and made an appearance at Provincial Court in Grand Bank Wednesday.
As of last week’s appearance, the 33-year-old faces 23 charges under the Criminal Code, while the 23-year-old has been charged with 22 crimes.
A 35-year-old female, who faces two charges, was also arrested and released Tuesday.
The charges vary from break and enters in businesses and cabins peninsula-wide, to possession of stolen property, theft of a motor vehicle and assault.
Staff Sergeant Wayne Edgecombe of the Burin Peninsula District RCMP indicated he expects that the further charges will be laid in connection with the crime spree.
He indicated the assault charge stems from an alleged incident at a business in Marystown in which an individual made an attempt to retrieve property believed to be stolen.
“These guys have been really busy. We’ve been chasing them all over the place for the last month or so.
“It started out investigating a few cabin breaks and then that got worse and worse. Then they graduated to business breaks, then vehicles and trailers. We started slowly catching up to them and getting more information, doing surveillance on them, all this kind of stuff.”
People in Marystown were alerted something was going down late Tuesday afternoon when police officers were seen in numbers in the Smallwood Crescent housing area.
“We were basically affecting the arrests. We knew where they were. We were just waiting for some backup. The dog man came down and we arrested one of them.
“They were trying to avoid us obviously, but we ended up catching them in the end of it.”
S/Sgt. Edgecombe described the trio who are alleged to have committed the crimes as “pretty bold about their actions.”
Police indicated a substantial amount of the stolen property has been recovered thanks in large part to those who bought the items cooperating with police.
The two men involved in the alleged ring are back in court in Grand Bank for bail hearings, which S/Sgt. Edgecombe said police plan to contest.