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RCMP reported they have made multiple arrests and laid charges in the past week related to bike theft, a break and enter, and a stolen vehicle.
Following an investigation of a break and enter into a rural business, RCMP arrested 38 year-old, Tyler Schooley, from Hinton.
The police report stated that an unknown suspect broke into the business and stole two-way radios and batteries, a value in excess of $5,000. The investigation began on May 28.
Schooley was charged with break and enter and commit theft over $5,000, theft over $5,000, and failure to comply with a condition of a previous release order.
Schooley was released from police custody on an undertaking with conditions to attend Hinton Provincial Court on Aug. 19.
Prior to that report, Hinton RCMP stated it had arrested 31-year-old Jonathyn Dale Bruno from Hinton in relation to a stolen vehicle.
RCMP identified a stolen vehicle being driven by an individual known to be on outstanding warrants of arrest during a patrol in the area of Park Street near Hwy. 16 on July 5.
The driver failed to stop and fled when a vehicle stop was initiated.
The report stated that additional assistance was received by other members of the Hinton RCMP and a tire deflation device was successfully deployed, bringing the stolen vehicle to a stop.
The driver, Bruno, fled the vehicle on foot and the Hinton RCMP located and arrested him.
The outstanding warrants on the unrelated matters have all been executed, according to the report.
Bruno was charged with flight from police, operate conveyance in a manner dangerous to the public and as a result, caused bodily harm, operate a conveyance involved in an accident failed without reasonable excuse to stop and provide assistance, resist peace officer in the execution of their duties, two counts of breach of probation, breach recognizance, and the possession of stolen property of a value not exceeding $5,000
Bruno remains in custody following a judicial hearing where he did not speak to bail and is scheduled to attend court on July 15, in Hinton Provincial Court to speak to all matters.
On July 7, Hinton RCMP responded to a call to assist a Hinton Peace Officer with two males arguing.
The report stated that one of the males was the victim of a theft and was confronting the male suspect who had the victim’s stolen bike.
The stolen bicycle was valued at approximately $8,000 and had sustained some damage.
The police investigation resulted in charges of 46-year-old Christos Karavidas from Hinton with possession of stolen property exceeding $5,000, mischief over $5,000, failure to comply with a condition of a previous release order, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Karavidas was held for a judicial interim release hearing, and was released by a Justice of the Peace with conditions to attend Provincial Court in Hinton on Aug. 5.
Hinton RCMP reported that it has responded to 10 theft of bicycle complaints between April 30 and July 7.
Steps to make it more difficult for a bike to be stolen were released by the RCMP, including purchasing and using a quality bike lock, securing bikes to a large fixed object in a well-lit area, removing the front wheel and seat, avoiding parking in the same location every day.
As well as pointing the lock keyhole toward the ground so it is harder for a thief to work quickly on the lock and keeping the lock off the ground so a thief cannot crush the lock. Photos of bikes and serial numbers are helpful should it ever be stolen. Cyclists can also register their bike with apps/programs such as 529 Garage or bikeindex.org.