On Tuesday, members of the RNC patrol services division, police dog services and forensic identification services responded to a report of a break and enter at a residence in Airport Heights. It was determined that a number of firearms were stolen from the residence. No arrests were made at the time.
Two days later, at around noon, officers responded to a report of a home invasion at a Campbell Avenue home, where three armed suspects entered the house and tried to commit a robbery. Two people inside the home received minor injuries.
The suspects took off in a vehicle before police got there. It’s believed this was a targeted incident and that the suspects and the victims knew each other.
As a result of the investigation into these incidents, RNC officers conducted a high-risk vehicle stop in the area of Ropewalk Lane at about 1 a.m. this morning (Friday).
A 34-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, both residents of St. John’s, were taken into custody during this vehicle stop.
The man has been charged with the break and enter into the residence in Airports Heights, breaches of his court orders, weapons offences and criminal harassment (in relation to a separate investigation).
The woman has been charged with the break and enter into the residence in Airport Heights, the home invasion on Campbell Avenue and weapons offences.
Angela Manning and Richard Driscoll are scheduled to appear in provincial court in St. John’s today (Friday).
As a part of the ongoing investigation into these incidents, the RNC has secured a residence in the centre city of St. John’s.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be provided anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at: www.nlcrimestoppers.com.