Cochrane RCMP Crime Reduction Unit along with Calgary Police Service, Okotoks RCMP, and Airdrie RCMP CRU assisted the Southern Alberta District CRU to execute two search warrants.
The initial investigation began with the RCMP Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) investigating a series of residential break-and-enters in Foothills County. At least three homes were entered, damaged, and various valuable items were stolen.
The two search warrants were executed in Calgary on February 15, 2023, which resulted in the recovery of stolen property from the break and enters other previously reported thefts.
Three people were arrested. Matthew Grouette age 35 from Calgary and James Lennie age 38 also of Calgary has been charged with break and enter, possession of stolen property, possession of break-in tools and fail to comply with a release order. Both men are being held in custody awaiting a hearing in Okotoks Provincial court.
A third person was arrested and charges are pending.
Jewelry, electronics, personal identity documents, tools, collectibles, break-in tool kits, high-end fashion items, and mail were among the items seized during this investigation. RCMP Southern Alberta CRU continues to investigate the quantity of stolen property and to date, over 100 different people have been identified as victims.