-Quesnel Cariboo Observer
Kudos to the justice system in Quesnel for catching, charging, convicting and sentencing 29-year-old David Auger to six months in jail in connection with a pair of break and enters earlier this month.
The Quesnel man was sent to the big house for half of a year after pleading guilty to one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000 (a pick-up truck) and one count of possession of stolen property under $5,000 in break and enters on Aug. 20 and Aug. 13 respectively.
Far too many convicted criminals get off easy with house arrest and probation for far more serious and violent crimes, such as assault, robbery and street racing-related vehicle accidents.
Although no one usually gets hurt in break and enters, they are invasive crimes that can leave people feeling more violated and scarred than more serious crimes.
The idea of someone being inside their home and rifling through their possessions is a frightening thought. It leaves people afraid to be in their own homes and afraid to leave their homes for fear of being broken into again.
Unfortunately, the break and enter problem in Quesnel is not over with the conviction of this one man.
Police are actively investigating at least five other B and Es, which occurred in Quesnel over the last five weeks.
Investigators have several suspects in mind and are watching them closely, but they can still use your help.
If you see someone or something suspicious in your neighbourhood, don’t hesitate to call the police.
Too many people are passive about these things and afraid to get involved.
But if you don’t, who will?
No one will know you called and it could save your neighbour or even yourself from being cleaned out.
And don’t think it doesn’t work.
Auger was nabbed when a resident in an apartment building called after noticing the stolen pick-up truck parked outside.
All it took was some guts and an anonymous phone call.