Break and Enter Nelson BC
Sep 11, 2017
Bulletin 2017-2269

The suspect is still on the run after a fatal crash near Hope, B.C. on Monday September 11th  is also wanted for a jewellery heist nearly 500 kilometres away earlier that day, according to police.

A hammer-wielding thief smashed into Ted Allen's Jewellery in Nelson, B.C., at 4:30 a.m. PT, hitting the shop with an estimated $30,000 in damage and stolen goods in under a minute. Sgt. Nate Holt said stolen licence plates were the first clue that connected the smash-and-grab in Nelson with the fatal crash that happened about 10 hours later along Highway 3.

We are confident that these events involve the same parties, and that the male driver responsible for the collision is also responsible for our break in here at Ted Allen's Jewellery," he said.

Police believe the female passenger who was killed in the crash, Danielle Charlton, 35, was with the male suspect in Nelson, said Holt. "That's our suspicions, that both people were involved in the break and enter here too," said Holt. The male suspect, who has not been named, is still on the run after allegedly stealing a truck to flee the scene of the Highway 3 crash.

Suspect 'dangerous'

Store owner Justin Pelant said security footage shows a vehicle pulling up to the Baker Street shop, and a man with a wig getting out. "Someone pulled up in front, came up and used a fairly large hammer, smashed through the door, smashed up two showcases, grabbed some stuff and ran," Pelant said.

Pelant isn't giving an exact value or description for the stolen jewelry, but said it includes some unique pieces. "We do a lot of custom work, so there's a couple one-of-a-kind pieces that we got, so they'll be very identifiable to people." Much of the shop's jewelry was in the safe, he said.

Holt said police have a partial picture of the man's face, and he is well known to police in Nelson and elsewhere. Holt said police believe the suspect is still in B.C., but the Canada Border Services Agency has been notified.

Information taken from CBC article.


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