Windsor District RCMP asking residents to check their seasonal properties

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Windsor District RCMP asking residents to check their seasonal properties

Windsor District RCMP has​ made arrests in relation to several break-ins to cottages and is asking people to check their properties in the event they are victims. The arrests follow a recent investigation which has revealed that several seasonal properties in Hants and Colchester Counties have been broken into and damaged,​ and items, including vehicles, have been stolen.

As a result of the investigation, the RCMP has​ recovered several items believed to be stolen. Investigators believe that​ there​ may be​ several unreported incidents.​ Due to the current​ situation with​ COVID-19,​ owners of seasonal properties may​ not be checking them regularly. “We appreciate everyone who is doing their best to follow the rules,” says S/Sgt. Cory Bushell of Windsor District RCMP. ​ “It’s important that we all do our part to ensure we are following the current guidelines regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. Bearing that in mind, we’re asking people to check their recreational properties, and if they are not within your community, our advice​ is to contact a neighbour who lives near​ that property to check it for you. We ask property owners are​ to report any thefts or damage to Windsor District RCMP at 902-798-2207.”​

Windsor RCMP has arrested​ and charged​ Andrew Scott Barker, 42, of Windsor​ and a 17-year-old female​ from Hants County with a number of offences​ related to a​ series of break & enters and vehicle thefts in various locations in Nova Scotia.​ The incidents are believed to have been committed​ between​ March 20 and May 4 in Colchester and Hants Counties.​

Barker was arrested on April 4 has been charged with:

  • Break, Enter and Commit an Indictable Offence (3 counts)
  • Theft Under $5000 (4 counts)
  • Theft of a Motor Vehicle (4 counts)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime (5 counts)
  • Mischief in Relation to Property (1 count)
  • Theft or Forgery of a Credit Card (1 count)
  • Possession, Use, or Trafficking in a Forged or Falsified Credit Card (1 count)

He has been remanded into custody and will be appearing in Kentville Provincial Court on May 8.

The youth is facing the following charges:​

  • Theft of​ a Motor Vehicle (3 counts)
  • Break, Enter, and​ Theft (1 count)
  • Possession of​ Property Obtained by Crime​ (1 count)

She was released following her arrest on April 21. She is scheduled to attend Youth Court in Windsor on August 11.​

If you have any information regarding this investigation​ and wish to remain anonymous call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App. For more information on the current rules in Nova Scotia regarding the State of Emergency, visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

The investigation is ongoing.

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