Theft, home invasion being investigated
AMHERST, N.S. – A man was taken into custody following the theft of a sideby-side off-highway vehicle from the Collingwood area and a pair of traffic stops by the Cumberland RCMP. Cumberland RCMP responded to a 911 call March 13 at 7:35 a.m. to a report overnight someone had broken into the yard of an outdoor equipment business in Collingwood and stolen a 2020 Can-Am sideby-side off-highway vehicle worth approximately $49,000. When police arrived, they found evidence that another vehicle had been used to pull the locked gate open so the side-by-side could be driven out of the yard. Nothing else was taken. A short time later, the RCMP received a call stating a man had recently left a coffee shop parking lot in Oxford, on a new Can Am side-by-side, and it was suspicious because he was not dressed for the weather and was not wearing a helmet. The caller told police the driver left the area via the highway and was headed towards New Brunswick. RCMP officers located the vehicle, being driven down the middle of the highway, and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect refused to stop, and police did not pursue the vehicle. Police later located the side-by-side stopped on Old Fort Road in Aulac, N.B. They attempted a second traffic stop. The suspect rammed one police vehicle and hit another, then again fled from police. He was located in the area and arrested without incident a short time later. Two police vehicles sustained significant damage during the incident, however, no one was hurt. Cumberland District RCMP was assisted by Cumberland County Street Crime Enforcement Unit and New Brunswick RCMP in Sackville. The side-by-side has been recovered and Cumberland District RCMP is continuing its investigation. VIOLENT HOME INVASION A day earlier, RCMP were called to investigate a home invasion on Whitehall Road in Parrsboro. About 6 p.m. on March 12, a man was asleep at his home on Whitehall Rd. in Parrsboro when two men pulled up in a newer model black four-door Chevrolet pickup. Both were wearing all black clothing with black bandannas over their faces. One man entered the home, and as the victim ran down the hallway to see what was going on, he was assaulted with a metal baseball bat by the suspect. The suspect then ran out of the house and slashed the tires on the victim's vehicle. The two suspects then sped off in the truck. A woman also in the home when the incident occurred was not hurt. RCMP forensic identification technicians assisted the investigators as they examined the scene for evidence. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment for what were believed to be minor injuries. The RCMP is asking for help from the public to identify the suspects. Both men wore black clothing, including hoodies and bandannas covering their faces. The suspect who entered the home is believed to be approximately 5’11”. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Parrsboro RCMP at 902-254-2424. To leave a tip anonymously, 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.