An electronic ankle bracelet was key to tracking down five suspects in a home invasion in the city, according to Charlottetown police.
Police say they got a call around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon about a suspicious person in Riverview Estates, a subdivision on the Hillsborough River between the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Hillsborough Park.
A witness reported seeing two men wearing black masks, like balaclavas, running from a car, then returning shortly with a bag and taking off in the vehicle, which had two other men inside.
"They provided a description of the individuals and the vehicle," said Deputy Chief Brad MacConnell.
Police spotted the car heading east on Route 2, out of the city.
Car takes off at high speed
When they tried to pull the car over, it took off at high speed. Since there were a lot of vehicles on the road, police discontinued their pursuit for the safety of the public, MacConnell told CBC.
They did have a good look at the car and the driver though, and the description fit that of a vehicle driven by a man police knew was under a court order to wear an electronic ankle bracelet, said MacConnell. Such bracelets are typically used for those on parole or under house arrest.
"A check with the monitoring service through probation revealed our suspicions were likely correct in that the suspect had been in the area of the reported suspicious activity, but further also travelled the flight path of the vehicle that fled from police," he said.
Working with Queens District RCMP, Charlottetown police tracked the bracelet to the Brackley area, where they found the four men near the vehicle and took them into custody about an hour-and-a-half after the complaint.
They also took a fifth man into custody.
Police said the woman whose home was broken into in Riverview Estates was home at the time, but was not injured.
They said this was not a random incident and the woman and at least one suspect knew each other.
MacConnell said it's not clear yet what was stolen from her, but they believe the home invasion was drug-related.
Four of the five suspects remain in custody and are to appear in court Thursday for a remand hearing, which will determine whether they will be held in jail or released until their next court date.
Police say those four are men ranging in age from 24 to 34. They have each been charged with offences ranging from robbery, breach of probation, dangerous driving, flight from police, and failure to comply with a release order.
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