A Halifax Regional Police Department release mischaracterizes the robbery, says the victim, who we're identifying simply as JP for concern for his safety. The release, in its entirely reads as follow:
GO# 11-150945 - Break and Enter - Approximately 1:30 a.m, police responded to the 5000 block of Cunard Street. Upon arrival, officers located a suspect inside the residence and was arrested without incident. The second suspect fled on foot. Numerous HRP members responded and after a lengthy foot chase, the suspect was eventually cornered and taken into custody. Two young offender males will be facing Break & Enter charges and will appear in Youth Court in Halifax in the morning.Without any further knowledge, someone reading the release would think that the police interrupted a robbery in progress, heroically chased down the bad guys and all was set right. The reality is more complicated, says JP.
"I was heading home around 1:30 before going to work," he says, "when my neighbour called to say my house was being broken into. The cops were there... they wouldn't let me in at first, but then they did, and I said, 'Where are the dogs?'"
Another neighbour has trained video equipment on the building, says JP, and says that "four or five" people were involved in the burglary. The group broke in through a front window, but hauled the stolen goods away with a vehicle through the back door.
The police have been "useless" in helping to locate his property, says JP.
"I'm moving," he says. "I'm pretty sure they were watching me... it's not safe to stay there."
The stolen dogs, which would sell for about $1,000 each, were all promised to family and friends, says JP. A family member posted an ad on Kijiji for their return, and JP asks anyone who has seen the dogs to call him at 981-6493.