Shotgun reportedly used in home invasion

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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.”

 

arobinson@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

 

Geographic location: C.B.S., Long Pond, Conception Bay South

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  • Paul
    May 27, 2013 - 12:04

    I'm all for protecting your home, family and self, but you really need to think about what it is your talking about...we all have the right to use the appropriate measure of force in self defence or defence of another but what is appropriate? an intruder armed with a shotgun is one thing, and its rare in NL from what I hear on the news. but here's the more likely scenario...you wake up in middle of the night, there's an intruder downstairs...you gonna shoot them for trying to steal your TV? clobber them with an axe? for a TV? hey, if you had to shoot them to actually and really defend yourself, that's one thing, but so many people seem to fantazise about blowing away the scum bag who's poking around the kitchen drawers in the middle of the night...you do that and its murder charge for you. you chase them down the road and beat the crap out of them, and that's assault charge on you...the thing is, situtations change really , really fast...one minute your the victim, then when they run away or even stop and offer no resistance...then they can become the victim. you have the right to protect yourself and your property, but you do not have the 'right' to take revenge on them...which is what so many people seem to want to do... I was listening to a guy in the USA telling about what happened to him. he woke up to a home invasion, the guys were even armed (I think), and he shot one or both of them dead in his house. he became an instant celebrety in his community and a local hero. but he said his life has been completely turned upside down...its not a small thing to take another person's life, a person with a family of his own and likely some very complicated reasons for robbing you in the first place, and you really have to know that its worth it...is your xbox and lap top worth it? your family is, but is your junk? which is what almost every home robbery in NL is about...they want your stuff, not your wife.

  • EDfromRED
    May 27, 2013 - 11:58

    No wonder this province is becoming a criminal's playground. They cut Justice to the bone and hightail it outta The House of Assembly. I bet their own security's seen no cuts...or the Muskrat Fall's site.

  • Whaddaya At
    May 27, 2013 - 09:15

    If a druggie dirtbag loser invades my home, he/she will risk leaving it in a bodybag. The courts, such as they are, can charge me with whatever, my priority is protection of my family.

    • Wile Rose
      May 27, 2013 - 09:48

      Same here. Anyone comes into my home or on my property I'll think nothing of puting one between there eyes. If every taxpaying citizen had a gun in there homes these punks wouldnt be a problem.