Police lay charges following residential break and enter yesterday morning in Dartmouth
Yesterday at 4:04 a.m., police responded to the 0-100 block of Mountain Avenue for a break and enter in progress. Two residents were home in their apartment when two male suspects armed with a firearm entered the apartment and demanded cash and personal property. The victims were not injured during the incident and were able to call police while the suspects were still in the residence.
At 4:12 a.m., officers located one of the suspects in the backyard of the residence and he was taken into custody without incident. After a foot pursuit by patrol officers and a K-9 Unit, the second suspect was taken into custody in the 0-100 block of Chrysler Avenue.
Eighteen-year Braton Charles Joseph Smith from Dartmouth appeared in Dartmouth Provincial Court today and a 17-year old boy, also from Dartmouth, appeared in Halifax Provincial Youth Court. Both face the following charges:
- break and enter
- break and enter with face masked
- two counts of unlawful confinement with a firearm
- personating a peace officer
- careless use of a firearm
- possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
- two counts of pointing a firearm
- possession of a firearm knowing it is unauthorized
- possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition
- possession of a weapon obtained by the commission of an offence
- unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle
- two counts of theft over $5000
The 17-year old boy also faces two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of possession contrary to an order where a person commits an offence with a firearm and breach of probation under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.