A man who has been living and working in Newfoundland since last year while facing an active warrant in Calgary has been arrested and charged with break and enter into a home in St. John’s.
Michael Tracey, 36, appeared at provincial court Tuesday morning.
According to documents filed at court, Tracey faces one count of break and enter into a home, two counts of trespass at night and two counts of breaching undertakings.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary responded to a call shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday of a “break and enter in progress” in the Terra Nova Road area, according to Const. Steve Curnew.
"The complainant there notified us that he heard noise outside or inside his house, and ended up coming face to face with a person inside his living room,” Curnew said. “That person then fled the scene on foot."
According to Curnew, police officers were taking statements when a second call came in from another nearby residence.
"Officers responded to that call and arrested the accused within a short distance of both houses."
The RNC’s K9 unit assisted in the arrest.
Tracey will remain in custody until June 16, when his bail hearing is scheduled at provincial court.
Active warrant in Alberta
A CBC News investigation recently revealed that Tracey faces three dozen counts of fraud and identity theft in Alberta.
When Tracey did not appear in court in Calgary last March, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Tracey moved to St. John’s last year, and went to work for the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association as its IT administrator.
He was since picked up three times in Newfoundland for unrelated offences — twice for impaired driving, and once for malicious damage under $5,000 — but was never sent back to Alberta to face those outstanding charges.
After CBC News contacted the teachers’ union about Tracey’s legal situation out west, the NLTA revoked his access to its computer system and offices.
Last week, the teachers' union issued a message to members noting that it was launching an audit "to be assured that teacher data has not been inappropriately compromised."
An NLTA spokeswoman, contacted Tuesday morning, said there is "nothing new to report at this time" on the union's investigation.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the union wrote a follow-up email after further inquiries from CBC to note that Tracey "is no longer an employee."