The RCMP are continuing their investigation into a series of high-end break and enters that led to the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods, firearms, IDs, and credit cards.
RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Gina Slaney says one person is in custody to face multiple charges and charges may be formally laid against at least one other individual shortly
"I can tell you that last night (Nov. 22) somebody else involved in these investigations was arrested, however, was released. It's just that the court documents haven't been sworn yet and we can't release that person's name until those court documents are sworn."
It's been a three-month investigation by the Cochrane RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) with the assistance of the Southern Alberta CRU that was launched following an Aug. 11 break-in to a home in Rocky View County. Six other break-ins followed, scattered across Rocky View and Foothills counties became part of the investigation.
"This investigation is not over," says Slaney. "There are other suspects potentially and hopefully we will see more progress in regard to these investigations," says Slaney.
During the first break-in, the homeowner's truck and a large quantity of jewelry were stolen. A few months later, a male, believed to be the accused, purchased a vehicle with a cheque that had been stolen from that residence.
Matthew Grouette, 35, of Calgary has been remanded into custody and will make his first appearance at Cochrane Provincial Court on Nov. 29. He faces five charges of break, enter, and theft, possession of stolen property obtained by crime over $5,000, unauthorized possession of a firearm, three counts of breach of probation, and unsafe storage of a firearm
Cpl. Slaney says the CRU teams are highly engaged in their communities.
"We have a CRU team from southern Alberta that goes all around and visits the smaller detachments to assist them in their investigation, but some of our larger detachments, such as Cochrane and Airdrie, have their own CRU units within their detachments, and they're all doing fantastic work."
It has been a collaborative effort of Cochrane RCMP, Turner Valley RCMP, Calgary Police Service, and Southern Alberta District investigators.