Eight break and enter investigations in Saskatchewan and Alberta leads to charges

Saskatchewan – Between December 2019 and February 2020, there was a series of eight break and enters throughout west central Saskatchewan and eastern Alberta.

The break and enters targeted small businesses with ATMs either inside the business or in the lobbies of the buildings. All the incidents were similar in the method of operation: suspects would use a vehicle to gain entry to the building causing extensive damage to property. Once inside the building’s ATMs, cash registers and other small goods would be taken or damaged.

The Frenchman Butte Enhanced Policing Unit headed the investigation with the assistance of several affected RCMP Detachments in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Specialized units such as the Forensic Identification Section, Divisional Criminal Analytical Section, General Investigation Section and local detachments worked together to identify a suspect in the matter.

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On July 22, 2020, police executed a search warrant at a residence in the RM of Britannia related to these investigations and found further evidence linking the suspect to these break and enters as well as a stolen firearm, 3.75 pounds of cannabis and 203 cannabis plants in varies stages of growth.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, Daniel Dean of the RM of Britannia, Saskatchewan, has been charged with the following:

Four counts of break and enter, contrary to Sec. 348(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (CC)

Possession of a stolen firearm, contrary to Sec. 96(1) of the CC

Careless storage of a firearm, contrary to Sec. 86(1) of the CC

Possession of a firearm without a license, contrary to Sec. 91(1) of the CC

Possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to Sec. 10(2) of the Cannabis Act

Possessing more than four plants Sec. 8(1) of the Cannabis Act

Daniel Dean has also been charged from Alberta with four counts of break and enter.

Daniel Dean is scheduled to appear in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan provincial court on March 9, 2021 and in Lloydminster, Alberta provincial court on March 16, 2021.

This investigation is ongoing and other suspects have not been identified. Anyone with information regarding this or any other incident is urged to call the St. Walburg RCMP at 306-248-6250.

Information can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or at www.saskcrimestoppers.com where you can also view other unsolved crimes. Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000.00 for information which leads to an arrest or charge of person(s) responsible for this offence or any other serious crime.

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