Iqaluit RCMP arrest 3 for rash of liquor thefts

Month-long investigation into 700 litres of stolen alcohol ends in 23 criminal charges

In December, Iqaluit RCMP released this photo of a suspect in a series of break and enters, requesting the public’s help in the investigation. (Photo courtesy of RCMP)

By Nunatsiaq News

Three people have been arrested following a month-long investigation into stolen alcohol and multiple break and enters in Iqaluit.

RCMP laid total of 23 charges were in regards to “large amounts” of stolen alcohol, the police announced on Wednesday, in a news release.

An earlier news release from RCMP said over 700 litres of alcohol were stolen.

A 39-year-old man was charged with 17 offences, including three counts of breaking and entering a business, two counts of theft over $5,000 and theft of a vehicle.

He is also charged with fleeing from police, dangerously operating a vehicle and unlawfully being in a dwelling.

The man is in custody and is expected in court on Jan. 25.

A second male has been charged with one count of breaking and entering a business, theft under $5,000, possession of break-in instruments and mischief. RCMP did not give his age.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 24.

The third male is charged with breaking and enter a business and theft under $5,000. RCMP also did not give his age.

His first court appearance is scheduled for March 10.

An earlier news release from the RCMP said the break-ins happened between Nov. 22 and Dec. 4. Cpl. Pauline Melanson said in an email they happened at businesses throughout the city.

The charges follow a month-long investigation by Iqaluit RCMP’s general investigation section, with assistance from general duty officers and forensic identification services.

The RCMP thanked the public for their assistance during the investigation.

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(11) Comments:

  1. Posted by Slaps on

    Nonviolent offenses. Three slaps on the wrists are incoming.

    • Posted by And nothing changes. on

      Beneficiaries benefits should be revoked if they are not law abiding citizens.

      Hit em where it hurts. Make them pay 1,500+ to rent a home like a common Canadian.

  2. Posted by Laughable on

    They’ll be warm and fed for the winter and back at it when they get out. (That’s if they do time) Justice is a joke in Nunavut.

    • Posted by Public Court Dockets on

      All names are public if you search Nunavut Court Dockets.

      • Posted by Why then? on

        In that case I wonder why NN isn’t publishing them?

        • Posted by Amachy on

          I checked the docket. As of last night, there were no names with those charges for those dates. So maybe the docket hasn’t been updated yet. Also, if it turns out they are young offenders, their names will be on the docket for everyone to see, but the media is not allowed to publish their names.

          • Posted by Lives in Iqaluit on

            One of them is 39 and his name on the rcmp release in the rcmp. Perpetual bcc resident and local homeless guy.

            I predict catch and release with a sentence of less than 2 years.

            • Posted by Criminals on

              The reason some these criminals are homeless is because their families and communities don’t want them. These criminals end up in prison. When they get out of prison they are released or banned from their communities to Iqaluit, only to cause mayhem here.


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