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Man arrested for theft from home following Marlborough house explosion

Calgary Police have laid nine charges against Daniel Riley Johnson, 53, of Calgary following a break and enter at a Marlborough home that was evacuated following an explosion in March, and at the Village Square Leisure Centre in April.

Johnson has been accused by police of entering a neighbouring evacuated home on March 30, near to the Maryvale Way house that exploded on March 27.

Victims said that several pieces of jewelry had been taken from the home.

“The stolen jewelry includes nine gold chains with various pendants, a ruby ring, opal earrings, a Swarovski pendant with matching earrings, pear earrings, a pearl pendant, a jade ring pendant and silver chains,” said CPS.

The jewelry has not been recovered.

Police said that when the suspect was confronted by the homeowners after they returned to the home, he claimed to be private security before fleeing the area.

“Officers collected evidence from the scene and began investigating, which led to the positive identification of the suspect. Investigators applied for a warrant and began working to locate the suspect,” according to the Calgary police.

Police apprehended Johnson at approximately 3 a.m. on April 25, at the Village Square Leisure Centre, following reports of a break-and-enter.

In addition to the outstanding warrant from March 30, Johnson was arrested on a warrant from February 15 in the theft of a running vehicle, and in an incident involving the possession of a prohibited weapon on April 22.

Johnson has been charged with two counts of break and enter, one count of theft over $5,000, one count of possession of break-in instruments, one count of unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon, one count of carrying a concealed weapon, one count of disguise with intent, one count of driving an uninsured motor vehicle on a highway, and one count of driving while disqualified or prohibited.

He will next appear in court on April 28.

Police have asked anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the stolen jewelry, or who has information about any of these incidents to call CPS at 403-266-1234, or submit tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers.