Man charged for allegedly breaking into healthcare workers' vehicles at U of A

Apr 8 2020, 2:09 pm

Edmonton Police Service have arrested and charged a man who was allegedly targeting vehicles of frontline workers at the University of Alberta hospital.

According to release from EPS, “a prolific offender is facing close to 40 charges of fraud and break-and-enter charges, in connection to a recent series of thefts targeting the vehicles of frontline health-care workers, including nurses and respiratory therapists.”

Police say the suspect is responsible for a number of vehicle break-ins at or around the south Edmonton hospital.

“On Friday, April 3, 2020, at approximately 8:50 pm, Whyte Avenue Beat members spotted prolific offender Richard Harnum, 32, speeding away on a bicycle near 108 Street and 85 Avenue,” said the release.

“An EPS member recognized Harnum as the suspect wanted for several theft-from-vehicle incidents throughout the Strathcona area, including some that were parked in the University of Alberta Hospital staff lot. The officer gave chase and subsequently caught up to Harnum, who had fled on foot north of Whyte Avenue and 107 Street, before taking him into custody.”

Police say that drugs and break-and-enter tools were found on the suspect at the time of his arrest.

Harnum is now facing 38 charges, and additional charges may be pending, as investigators believe the vehicles of other healthcare workers may have also been targeted.

Police are asking anyone whose vehicle was broken into recently in the Strathcona area, including the University of Alberta Hospital staff parking lot, to contact EPS.