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Man caught breaking into Royal Theatre

A 48-year-old Burton man is facing charges of smashing his way into the Royal Theatre in downtown Trail.

RCMP say just before 3 a.m. Saturday they responded to a report of a man smashing through the glass front door. He’s accused of causing “considerable damage” by trying to break into an ATM and two cash registers with a piece of wood.

Arriving officers challenged the man, who was still inside and holding what they say appeared to be a homemade spear. He tried to run away, but officers chased after him and arrested him after a short scuffle.

He was taken into custody briefly before being released on conditions pending a court appearance.

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“I commend the quick action, bravery, and cool heads of our officers who responded,” Sgt. Mike Wicentowich said in a news release. “These officers put themselves at risk to arrest this man and maintain public safety.

“It has been extremely difficult to find a solution to managing people who cause repeated police involved incidents in our downtown core and are without resources to return their own community.”

In a Facebook post, the Royal said it closed Saturday and Sunday while it assessed the damage and provided mental health supports to staff. The theatre re-opened on Monday.

“This has already been a horrific week for a small business owner,” theatre management wrote, noting that earlier in the week a man who posed as a phony doctor at the hospital climbed on to their roof and then fell off after being electrocuted.

“Management and staff are still reeling from this discovery and appreciate the time to process the extent of the trauma for all involved,” they wrote.
The suspect in the break-in was soon back in contact with the police. Around 8 a.m. on Monday, they responded to a report of a suspicious man in the 1300 block of 3rd Avenue. Officers found he had not committed any crimes, but his strange behavior was drawing attention. They asked him not to return to the area.
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