Cabin thieves arrested after victim asks for property back
Two men from Botwood are facing multiple charges for a rash of cabin and shed break-ins after one of their victims confronted one of the thieves and asked for his property back.
Grant Keefe and Clarence Blake, both 31, are facing a total of 21 break and enter and theft related charges.
The stolen property was taken from cabins and sheds all over central Newfoundland during the past couple of weeks.
Tell mom I needs a lawyer.- Grant Keefe
RCMP Const. Rory Jeddore said the cabin owner who cracked the case got wind of Keefe when he heard some of his goods were for sale.
"Basically (Keefe was) approaching people and going, 'You want a generator for cheap? I got one for ya,'" said Jeddore.
"He (the cabin owner) approached that individual. That individual returned his property, and then the investigation continued until the point where the two males were arrested."
Jeddore said the cabin owner contacted the RCMP, who arrested the pair and recovered a number of outboard motors, a couple of rifles, a generator, and a chain saw.
"Tell mom I needs a lawyer," Keefe told onlookers after he appeared in court in Gander on Friday morning.
Keefe and Blake will spend the remainder of the weekend in jail and have been scheduled to appear in court for bail hearings on Monday.