CALGARY – A Calgary man has been charged with a series of smash and grabs that involved rocks or other items thrown through business windows in the city’s northeast.
Barry Dean Nielsen, 44, of no fixed address in Calgary, faces 10 counts of break and enter. His targets included Tux and Bridal, La Jawab Restaurant, McKnight Village Car Wash and Shawarma Palace, among others in the 5000 block of Falconridge Boulevard N.E.
Police believe the businesses were targeted so Nielsen could “gain quick cash to be used to purchase drugs.”
Police caught the offender red-handed on Tuesday, as he left a business in the 5700 block of Falsbridge Drive N.E. He was arrested and taken to hospital to be treated for cuts he sustained from broken glass at the scene, police said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Businesses are reminded to avoid keeping cash on site overnight, and avoid leaving cash registers open and in plain sight.