A young Calgary man who allegedly broke into garages in southeast Calgary is facing multiple charges, police say.
Between March 2 and March 6, a thief targeted four garages in the communities of New Brighton and Walden, stealing items from each garage.
“During this time, a resident also spotted a man under his truck with a saw,” police said in a release. “It is believed this was the same person, and he fled when he was confronted by the resident.”
Police charged Dylan Allan Gontar, 22, with four counts of break and enter, four counts of trafficking in property obtained by crime, and one count of tampering with a motor vehicle. More charges could be laid as the investigation continues.
In the first two months of 2015 alone, there were 65 break and enters at detached garages in south Calgary’s District 8, up from 15 during the same period last year.
“Police are reminding residents that the best way to protect property in garages is to always close and lock the doors,” police said. “Automatic garage door openers should also not be left in vehicles where they can be easily accessed.”
“These openers are frequently being found during car prowlings and used to access attached and detached garages, sometimes making it possible to steal property from both the garage and home.”
District 8, which services most communities south of Anderson Road S.W. and 114th Avenue S.E., has also recorded increased car prowlings this year, with 281…