In policing, it’s not every day you get to interrupt a crime in progress. These kinds of calls are special because police get to intervene, make arrests, and potentially prevent more serious damage or injury…all in one, efficient (and often dynamic) trip. Such was the case early this morning when Regina Police Service Patrol and plain clothes officers from the Stolen Auto Unit made a timely intervention and arrest.
At 12:08 a.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021 (today), police were alerted to a break-in at an auto-dealership in the 600 block of Albert Street. A suspect male was observed trying keys on various vehicles in the parking lot. At the same time, police received information from a security firm employed by the victim business that a male had just broken into the showroom taking several key fobs with him. Police were able to arrest a 40 year-old male, just as he was getting into one of the vehicles on the lot. In a search incident to the arrest, police found several key fobs from the dealership. Further investigation led to charges in connection with a similar Break & Enter occurrence in which a vehicle was stolen, as well as a theft of gas in a drive-off incident. Both of those incidents happened on December 8th. There was also evidence to support charges in connection with a theft/shoplifting from a retail business on December 7th.
Forty year-old Mitchell James LEGENDRE, of Regina, is charged with:
- 2 X Break, Enter and Commit Theft, s. 348(1)(b) CC;
- Attempt Theft of Motor Vehicle, s. 333.1(1) CC;
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000 (key fobs), s. 355(b) CC;
- Theft of Motor Vehicle, s. 333.1(10 CC; and
- 2 X Theft under $5,000, s. 334(b) CC.
LEGENDRE made his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021 (today).