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Man broke into home, threatened elderly woman with screwdriver, says police

The woman wasn’t injured, and the suspect was arrested in the home

A 41-year-old man threatened a senior citizen in her own bedroom, demanding valuables, before being caught by police in the home he had broken into, said Greater Sudbury Police.

Police were called on June 16 at around 6:50 a.m. to a break and enter in progress on Brebeuf Street. Information provided said a man had removed the back door of the home from its hinges and entered the home.

Officers arrived within minutes, entered the home and arrested the man.

During the investigation, it was learned the man broke into the home, went into the homeowner’s bedroom and threatened her with a screwdriver, demanding valuables. The 86-year-old woman complied and, fortunately, was not injured during this potentially violent interaction, said police.

Officers recovered all of the items the man had attempted to take.

The man has been charged with break and enter and robbery. He attended bail court on June 16 to answer to the charges and has since been remanded into custody.

“Your personal safety and the safety of your property are of the utmost importance,” said police in a news release. “Although this incident was unavoidable, as the doors to the residence were locked and the man had to remove the door from its hinges in order to gain entry, we encourage community members to take every precaution in order to ensure your safety, security and wellness. Make sure your doors are always locked and if possible have motion sensor lighting, video surveillance equipment and an alarm system.”