Town’s second break-in in as many weeks
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating a home invasion that occurred in the Long Pond area of Conception Bay South over the weekend. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram
Police investigated a scary incident in Conception Bay South over the weekend after a report came in concerning a home invasion involving a weapon.
According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s over-night report issued Sunday morning, people inside the home were confronted by a man late Saturday evening. He appeared to be carrying a shotgun. Police said there were no injuries.
Const. Steve Curnew would not confirm the name of the street where the incident occurred, but he did say it was in the Long Pond area of C.B.S.
He said the criminal investigation unit was continuing its work as of Sunday afternoon.
The K-9 and forensic identification units were also involved in the investigation.
It was at least the second home invasion in C.B.S. in about a week. On May 17, police were called to investigate an incident where two masked men entered a home and accosted the 33-year-old man who lived there.
Medication belonging to the victim was stolen, and he suffered what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.
It also follows a recent armed robbery at For Your Convenience along the C.B.S. Highway. Jeanie Bungay, 26, is accused of entering the convenience store last Tuesday with a weapon and demanding cash. She was arrested the next day and is due to return to provincial court in St. John’s this Tuesday for a bail hearing.
Boyd Canning, who has been a resident of the Long Pond area all of his life and was outside painting a boat on Sunday, said he can recall days when people did not feel the need to lock their doors.
“Sure, it’s hardly safe to come out in your own yard with the stuff that’s on the go today,” he said. “It’s the same everywhere. Don’t matter if it’s St. John’s or a small community. It’s unbelievable.”
He suspects drug use has fuelled recent incidents in the community. Canning also questions whether criminals have become more brazen.
“It seems like it doesn’t matter if you’re in the house or not; they’ll still come on in if they want to, and there’s nothing the home owner can do about it.”
For those who do choose to commit crimes, Canning suspects they do not worry about the consequences of their actions and are not at all threatened by what the law might have in store for them.
“They end up in front of a judge, the judge says, ‘Thank you very much. Go home now and don’t do it no more.’ It’s a joke to these (people). If anybody got the mindset that they’re going to do some kind of a criminal act — breaking in, or stealing, or whatever — that doesn’t phase them to go down in front of a judge.”
Another Long Pond area resident who did not want to have her name published said she was surprised to hear of the most recent incident in her area.
“That’s terrible,” said the woman. “You worry about it, but what can you do?”
In comparison to years gone by, she said, she takes extra precautions to make sure her home is protected from people with criminal intentions, but she generally feels safe, noting she does not know anyone in her area who has had issues with break-ins.
Canning said he has been fortunate not to have any breaks-in occur at his property in C.B.S. and that his neighbourhood in general is pretty quiet, as far as he can tell, when in comes to criminal activities.
“I’ve lived down here all my life, and I’ve lived in Long Pond all my life, and I’ve heard of incidents, yes, but I don’t know of anyone personally who has had it happen to them.”