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For Immediate Release
Bridgewater Police Service -- Media Release
Date: August 9, 2022

Subject: Break and Enter (File #2022-1058436)

BRIDGEWATER, NS – During the week of July 25, 2022, Bridgewater Police Service (BPS) responded to several complaints of thefts from out buildings and various types of recovered property at different addresses in the south end of town.

In particular, on July 29, 2022, at 5:03 p.m. police received a complaint of a break and enter in progress on Queen Street. BPS members attended and learned that the suspect had fled the scene already. Containment was set up and the BPS K-9 Unit conducted a search locating the party, subsequently identified as Brooke Battiste, in an apartment a few blocks away. Stolen property was subsequently recovered from Queen Street break and enter.

Further investigation was completed later that evening and police recovered a number of stolen items from a camp site, including power saws, whipper snippers, an electric bike, and propane tanks from thefts earlier in the week. Battiste was released on an undertaking.

On July 30, 2022, Bridgewater Police received a complaint that a male had just broken into an apartment. When confronted, the suspect reportedly assaulted the complainant and fled. Investigation identified the suspect as Brooke Battiste. On July 31, 2022, Battiste was arrested.

Resulting from the investigations, he has been charged with:

– Break and Enter, Section 348 of the Criminal Code of Canada

– Unlawfully in a dwelling, Section 349 of the Criminal Code of Canada

– Assault, Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada

– Theft, Section 334 of the Criminal Code of Canada

– Seven counts of possession of stolen property, Section 354 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

He was remanded and appeared on August 2, 2022, at the Bridgewater Provincial Courthouse.

Anyone with information relating to the events described above is asked to contact Bridgewater Police Service at (902) 543-2464.

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