Update: Third man in court in alleged B & E ring

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The third man suspected of being involved in what police believe was an organized break-and-enter ring focusing on home construction sites appeared in provincial court this morning.

Thirty-two year-old Trevor Thomas Doyle of St. John's turned himself into police late Thursday night after a warrant had been issued for his arrest earlier this week.

He's charged with several counts of break and enter, as well as breaches of court orders.

His case was set over until Monday for a bail hearing.

James Martin Kelloway, 44, and Robert Christopher Dyer, 39, were arrested Wednesday and appeared in court Thursday.

Kelloway faces eight counts of possessing property obtain by a crime, while Dyer is charged with a slew of break and enter charges, along with breaches of court orders.

In all, the three men face about 70 charges.

Dyer also has a bail hearing scheduled for Monday. Kelloway was released from jail on conditions and is due back in court Sept. 28.

The RNC began an investigation June 4 when police received a complaint of a break-in at Kenmount Terrace subdivision in St. John’s.

“Stemming from that investigation, officers identified a suspect and began a much larger operation that involved the entire general investigation unit, as well as other specialized units within the RNC,” RNC Const. Suzanne FitzGerald told reporters Thursday.

That probe uncovered no less than 15 other such break-ins.

Fourteen homes under construction in subdivisions in St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Paradise were hit, along with one other residential property in Kilbride, which police say was specifically targeted.

The operation is alleged to have worked with Dyer and Doyle stealing the material at the sites between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. and then selling it to Kelloway, owner of Kelloway Investments.

Some items suspected to have been taken include high-end material, such as appliances and lighting, along with expensive building supplies and equipment, including lumber, hardwood flooring, plumbing material, tools and machinery.

Some of the goods were seized Wednesday night from Kelloway’s home on Blackmarsh Road and were displayed for members of the media at RNC headquarters Thursday afternoon.

Laid out in the RNC’s garage were a miter saw, a circular saw, a router and a nail gun, as well as a work table and other materials in home building, such as digital thermostats, air compressors and air exchangers.

The investigation is ongoing and police are attempting to identify the rightful owners of the stolen items.

 

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(Earlier story)

They weren’t your typical home break-ins.

The owners weren’t home. In fact, the homes weren’t even finished being built.

Two St. John’s men have been arrested in connection with what police believe was an organized break-and-enter ring focusing on home construction sites.

James Martin Kelloway, 44, and Robert Dyer, 39, both of St. John’s, appeared in provincial court Thursday.

Kelloway has been charged with several counts of possessing property obtained by a crime, while Dyer faces charges of break and enter and several counts of breaching court orders.

A warrant has been issued for a third man, Trevor Thomas Doyle, 32, of St. John’s, who as of Thursday evening still hadn’t been found.

Together, the three men face more than 70 charges.

Other charges are pending, including possible counts of being involved in a criminal organization.

Kelloway was released on a recognizance with a $5,000 cash deposit. Conditions include that he report to the RNC weekly and have no contact with Dyer and Doyle.

He’s due back in court Sept. 28.

Dyer, who has a criminal record, consented to return to jail until Monday, at which time a bail hearing will be held.

Kelloway and Dyer were arrested following a three-month RNC investigation.

It began June 4 when police received a complaint of a break-in at Kenmount Terrace subdivision in St. John’s.

“Stemming from that investigation, officers identified a suspect and began a much larger operation that involved the entire general investigation unit, as well as other specialized units within the RNC,” Const. Suzanne FitzGerald told reporters Thursday.

That probe uncovered no less than 15 other such break-ins.

Fourteen homes under construction in subdivisions in St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Paradise were hit, along with one other residential property in Kilbride, which police say was specifically targeted.

The operation is alleged to have worked with Dyer and Doyle stealing the material at the sites between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. and then selling it to Kelloway, owner of Kelloway Investments.

Some items suspected to have been taken include high-end material, such as appliances and lighting, along with expensive building supplies and equipment, including lumber, hardwood flooring, plumbing material, tools and machinery.

Some of the goods were seized Wednesday night from Kelloway’s home on Blackmarsh Road and were displayed for members of the media at RNC headquarters Thursday afternoon.

Laid out in the RNC’s garage were a miter saw, a circular saw, a router and a nail gun, as well as a work table and other materials in home building, such as digital thermostats, air compressors and air exchangers.

FitzGerald said the investigation was unique because there were no complaints of stolen items from the public. Instead, homeowners and contractors were informed by police officers that they had materials stolen.

“It’s very difficult for police officers to combat criminal activity that’s taking place in our neighbourhoods without people coming forward and providing information,” Fitzgerald said.

While she wouldn’t comment on the specific tactics used by police to catch the three suspects, The Telegram has learned that officers used a GPS device on one of the men’s cars to track his pickup truck.

FitzGerald said break-ins at home construction sites are common during the summer months, “but an actual organized group stealing high-end items to sell back to an individual for resale or for construction purposes, that’s something quite different.”

The investigation is ongoing and police are attempting to identify the rightful owners of the stolen items.

FitzGerald said they are not ruling out the possibility that other conspirators may be involved.

 

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: TelyCourt

Organizations: B & E, The Telegram

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Kilbride, Blackmarsh Road

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