Pair arrested in relation to several Iqaluit break-ins

RCMP say Arctic Ventures, Hunter’s Market, CIBC, and the NCC Building were targeted over summer

In July, RCMP released security camera images to ask the public for information about the suspects they say broke into the Arctic Ventures store. (Photo courtesy of RCMP)

By Nunatsiaq News

Updated Sept. 14, 2022, at 11 a.m. ET.

RCMP have arrested two men in Iqaluit after a rash of break-and-enters in the city over the summer.

A 28-year-old man is charged with four counts of break and enter to a business, along with one charge of failing to comply with court orders, RCMP announced Monday in a news release.

A 25-year-old man faces three charges of break and enter.

RCMP say the arrests follow a “lengthy investigation.”

The pair are accused of breaking into Arctic Ventures, the NCC Building, CIBC bank, and Hunter’s Market in July and August, according to spokesperson Cpl. Tammy Keller.

In early August, RCMP released security camera footage from the Arctic Ventures break-in, showing two people in large parkas walking through the store with a dolly loaded with boxes.

At the time, police said more than $70,000 worth of gift cards and merchandise was stolen from Arctic Ventures.

Both of the accused are in custody and their next court date is scheduled for Sept. 27.

Correction: This story has been updated to correct the number of break and enter charges the 28-year-old man is facing.

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(15) Comments:

  1. Posted by Hay on

    Now they want to break out instead of break in… he is a changed man 😀

    • Posted by the unknown on

      HAHA that is hilarious. good one

  2. Posted by Sam on


  3. Posted by wondering on

    why not name them??..

    • Posted by VenturyOolyly on

      Glad they got cought.
      no matter how good you think you are at stealing and all that Jazz
      the popo are also very good too at catching people that steal ha ha ha
      good job well done, Thumbs up to the police

    • Posted by the unknown on

      Yeah, I agree. They should put their names out. It is unsafe for the people not knowing who these criminals are.

  4. Posted by Boss Hog on

    no shure if i should light up a cigare or a drink to celebrate,like Boss Hug in duck of hazard,that shure is a good news

  5. Posted by The Profet on

    did you know? the rapid rise of heavy drug in iqaluit could Lead to more break in and theft,but also more violence,more suicide when the junkie cant get his drug.
    the streets talks,the people say,they addicted to SPEED,CRACK,METH all kinda druck most of us only heard about it only from movie or internet,while the streets are now fload with individual selling thse extremely addictive and damagin drugs. HELP is NEED it. RCMP ?

    • Posted by Jim on

      If it’s not dealt with right away this will become a larger problem, we have enough issues with public drunkenness and seeing drunk people throughout the day now add hard drugs to the mix and we will experience more crap.
      This place is really headed down the wrong path, we need to come together as a community and deal with this.

      • Posted by Bingo on

        Iqaluit has been slowly degrading socially for a few years now. Lower base residents have been dealing with these type of drug addicts and alcoholics for years. We get called NIMBYers and told to go “home” or mind our own business. Yes it is my business when murder happens at a shelter I share a driveway with and the “accused” is essential given a slap on the wrist for generational trauma, and the conditions it left him with. What message does this send? Oh what you did is wrong, we understand why you did it, now here you go, no jail time, don’t do it again…..

        People sre struggling with mental health issues, and now have more access to more dangerous substances. All the while the GN has spent a decade working on a solution.

        In case you haven’t noticed, there is a reason so many people are leaving Iqaluit and Nunavut to live in other provinces. Those 90 teaching positions, doctors, nurses are never going to be filled. Nunavut needs more then just millions given to it by trudeau.

    • Posted by Drug Bust anytime soon??? on

      You’re so right profet; but it’s funny how the RCMP don’t bust all the known drug dealers in town but have no problem busting the bootleggers. Bootlegging is a huge problem but where are the drug busts?

      • Posted by John W Paul Murphy on

        Where are the residents who KNOW the dealers (the little guys), when the RCMP ask for community help?
        Complain all you want on NN and Facebook.
        YOU do something constructive and get off the keyboard and over to the RCMP station.

        • Posted by CaptAmerica on

          reporting any one to rcmp dont work,i try before they listen and say ok thanks you bye go away,telling them theres a big problem of heavy drugin town,dont worki try as well,namingany one is a bit complex to them cause,any crazy mentaly insane trouble maker such as my ex who hate some one could and can just call the cops and tell them,this guy or this girl bla bla just to put some one in trouble who actualy does not do the crime she report falsly so when we do report some one sell crack,meth,extessy or whathever they reply sorry we cant do anything about it go now,only a bunch of angry citizen can make a difference by pressuring the mayor to tell our lazy ass cop to do their work once and for all

  6. Posted by Private Investigator on

    Are people aware that if they type into the Google Search Bar ‘ RCMP Nunavut” it will bring up the detachment in Iqaluit where they list the names of people recently charged with crimes in Nunavut (this story included).

    I’m not sure why Nunatsiaq News can’t publish the names, maybe confidentiality ?

    • Posted by Alan Klie on

      The newspaper can publish any name of any individual charged with a crime with some very limited exceptions. In this case, perhaps the newspaper simply chose not to or the RCMP release didn’t name the individuals. Being charged with a crime is public knowledge and no privacy interests are actuated. Exceptions to this are legislative (for example the Youth Criminal Justice Act which specifically prohibits publication of names) or a court order under a section of the Criminal Code. If an adult is charged, the name will usually only be omitted if there’s a publication ban on a witness’ or victim’s name and naming the accused would probably identify the witness or victim.


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