Three men were taken by surprise when they broke into a shed on Wednesday morning to find Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP waiting inside. Two of the three men, 51-year-old Gary Ogden and 31-year-old Gregory Snow, were arrested following a brief foot pursuit. A third man, who is known to police, escaped on foot and efforts are underway for his arrest.
Between the evening of Monday, November 14, 2022, and Tuesday morning, November 22, 2022, Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP responded to reports of twelve break and enters into commercial sheds. Two of those locations were struck twice within that same time period. Various brands of snow blowers, lawn mowers and lawn trimmers were stolen, including one ride-on lawn mower.
RCMP officers from West District General Investigation Section and Police Dog Services Central were engaged to assist in the investigation into the rash of break and enters.
During the evening hours on Tuesday, officers set up inside one of the locations that had been broken into earlier in the week, anticipating the return of the suspects. At approximately 2:30 a.m. (Wednesday morning), Ogden, Snow and another man, kicked the door in. When confronted by police inside, the men fled on foot. Ogden and Snow were apprehended, however the third man escaped. Police believe he may have been picked up in a vehicle.
A car used during this break and enter was seized as part of the investigation.
Gary Ogden is charged with one count of break and enter. Gregory Snow is charged with one count of break and enter and one count of possession of break-in tools/instruments. Both individuals were released from custody and are set to appear in court at a later date.
The investigations into break and enters are continuing. Officers believe there are a number of suspects involved. Anyone having information on any of these crimes, the location of the stolen property or the identities of those responsible, is asked to contact Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP at 709-489-2121 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers: #SayItHere 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit www.nlcrimestoppers.com or use the P3Tips app.