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Police take man into custody

Miranda Scotland
Northern News Services
Published Friday, May 25, 2012

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a recent break-in at the downtown business Headgear.

Eric Wardell, 44, was taken into custody on Sunday at about 1:30 a.m. He is accused of breaking into the clothing store on Franklin Avenue and making off with the cash register, said police. The suspect was apprehended not far from Headgear.

The RCMP said officers found a man trying to pry open the till, which held $500, according to Headgear co-owner Nancy Hayward.

Wardell has been charged with breaking and enter and committing an indictable offence.

He has a history of thefts and break and enters. As of 2010 he had been convicted of 57 property-related crimes.

On Aug. 18, 2010 police found Wardell on the top floor of Charles Jeffrey Chartered Accountants on Old Airport Road. Police entered the building after seeing signs of forced entry on the back door. Wardell was arrested and later sentenced to 12 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Prior to the incident, Wardell served a five-year prison term for 21 convictions of breaking and entering.

Wardell remains in jail at least until his next court date, set for May 29.

Law is warning the community to take precautions to prevent break-ins.

"Unless we are alerted by alarm systems or by people that see suspicious people in the area then it's really tough to catch somebody in the act because you never know where somebody is going to be breaking in," she said.

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