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Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It is approaching the back door

Black bear breaks into Pincher Office Products

Editor’s note: This story has been updated as we have confirmed that the culprit was a black bear, not a grizzly bear.

When Patti Mackenzie arrived to work Friday at Pincher Office Products, she was surprised to find a ringing alarm and Const. Val Dennis minding a smashed window.

Pincher Creek RCMP responded to an alarm call around 2:30 a.m. at the Main Street business, finding a gaping hole in the glass but no overt signs of vandalism or theft.

 

Smashed front window of Pincher Office products with glass lying on the floor

 

Unable to reach business owner Christine Lank by phone, an officer remained on-site to ensure security.

Christine, who was out of town, learned of the vandalism from Patti. Exactly what happened, though, was a mystery.

Thinking she might find images of the culprit on the recording from the store’s video surveillance cameras, Christine took a look when she returned to work on Tuesday.

 

Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It is looking in the front window of the store.

 

 

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What she saw was astonishing — the break-and-enter suspect was not a human intruder but a 300-ish pound black bear!

Christine jokes that it must have been a female doing some window shopping.

Images show the bear looking in from outside the building and next capture it casually ambling down an office supplies aisle. The bear tours to the back of the store to look out the door before turning around and exiting the same way it came in.

The suspect’s prints are not on file and no evidence of blood or hair was found at the scene.

 

 

 

Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It is walking down a store aisle
Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It is looking out the windows in a door.
Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It appears to be checking out an envelope display.

 

 

 

With the exception of the broken window, no damage was done inside the building. Considering it could have been a bull-in-a-china-shop type of scenario, Christine is relieved as the store is filled with giftware and other breakable merchandise.

Still chuckling about it Wednesday morning, Patty and Christine were busy creating a wanted poster as customers stopped in to ask why the front window was boarded over.

Pincher Creek RCMP say the suspect is unknown to police but is believed to be responsible for other property crimes, including break and enter to commit theft from a beehive and theft of a picnic basket.

Police advise to use caution and not approach him if he is located, as “he has just awoken from a long winter nap and is likely to have something rumbly in his tumbly.”

On a serious note, having a bear wandering Pincher Creek’s downtown core in the wee morning hours is less than desirable.

Shootin’ the Breeze is awaiting a call back from local Fish and Wildlife.

 

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Tyler Thomas Trodden, white male with short dark hair, mustache, beard and sideburns with some grey and receding hairline. Arrested in relation to Crowsnest Pass home invasion.

Second suspect in Coleman home invasion arrested

Tyler Thomas Trodden, wanted in connection with a Crowsnest Pass home invasion, has been arrested by Vulcan RCMP.

The 39-year-old Pincher Creek man was arrested without incident, and a shelter-in-place advisory issued earlier today for the village of Champion has been lifted. 

Trodden was the subject of an arrest warrant for charges including aggravated assault, break and enter, robbery, and firearms and weapons offences. 

Five armed men forced their way into a residence where two men and one woman were assaulted. Police allege the suspects had firearms and other weapons in what they believe to be a targeted attack

Trodden will remain in custody until a judicial interim release hearing determines if bail will be granted.

 

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RCMP arrested Garett Adam Ouellette, 41, on Sept. 21 and remanded him in custody until his next court appearance on Sept. 28 in Pincher Creek Provincial Court.

Robert Russell Dwyer, 37, and Aaron John Thompson, 40, remain at large along with a third unidentified man.

Authorities believe Robert Dwyer is in the Pincher Creek area. He is 6’ tall and 165 pounds. He has brown eyes, brown hair and a light complexion.

Aaron Thompson may also be in or near Pincher Creek. He is 5’10” and weighs 294 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and a light complexion.

If you have information about the whereabouts of Dwyer or Thompson, or if you know the identity of the fifth suspect, please contact Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2867 or your local police.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com, or the P3 app available through the Apple App or Google Play stores.

 

Three white male home invasion suspects from Pincher Creek. Left – Robert Russell Dyer, reddish-brown hair, mustache and goatee, lettered tattoo on right side of neck; middle – Aaron John Thompson, clean shaven with dark eyebrows and sideburns, wearing ball cap; right – Tyler Thomas Trodden – Short dark hair, mustache, beard and sideburns with some grey and receding hairline.

Suspects sought after Coleman home invasion

This is the original post also see update: Second suspect in Coleman home invasion arrested

One man is in custody and Crowsnest Pass RCMP are seeking three others after a Sept. 16 home invasion in the community. RCMP have charged four Pincher Creek men with aggravated assault, break and enter, robbery, and firearms and weapons offences.

RCMP arrested Garett Adam Ouellette, 41, on Sept. 21 and remanded him in custody until his next court appearance on Sept. 28 in Pincher Creek Provincial Court.

 Tyler Thomas Trodden, 39, Robert Russell Dwyer, 37, and Aaron John Thompson, 40, remain at large. The identity of a fifth suspect is unknown. 

Charges stem from a Sept. 16 event at a Coleman residence. Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a report of a home invasion at 5:15 p.m. after the incident spread to the street.

A statement released today by Alberta RCMP says five men armed with weapons forced entry into the home and assaulted one male and one female resident. During the incident, the attackers also targeted a second male resident who had returned home.

 

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Police allege the suspects had firearms and other weapons.

Based on evidence gathered and interviews conducted, investigators believe the home invasion was a targeted attack, The investigation is ongoing.

While Ouellette is in custody, Crowsnest Pass RCMP seek public assistance in locating the other suspects.

Tyler Trodden is 6’3” and weighs 213 pounds. He has brown eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion. RCMP believe Trodden is in the Vulcan area.

Authorities believe Robert Dwyer is in the Pincher Creek area. He is 6’ tall and 165 pounds. He also has brown eyes, brown hair and a light complexion.

Aaron Thompson may also be in or near Pincher Creek. He is 5’10” and weighs 294 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and a light complexion.

If you have information about the whereabouts of Trodden, Dwyer, or Thompson, or if you know the identity of the fifth suspect, please contact Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2867 or your local police.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com, or the P3 app available through the Apple App or Google Play stores.

 

 

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Lundbreck business scene of break-in and assault

RCMP are looking into a break and enter that took place early this morning at a business in Lundbreck.

At approximately 5:15, Crowsnest Pass RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of a break-and-enter in progress,” said an RCMP press release Wednesday morning.

“During the break and enter, the owner attended the business and an altercation took place in which a suspect brandished a weapon.”

Police say the owner received minor injuries in the incident.

It’s believed two, and possibly, three, suspects fled the scene prior to Mounties arriving, taking with them an undisclosed amount of money.

RCMP are appealing to the public for any help in the case.

They’re asking anyone with information to contact them at (403) 562-2867.

You can also remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.