Yellowknife

Alleged Yellowknife perfume and meat thief arrested


The title of the news release, “perfume and hair products stolen in mischief spree,” is a little out of the ordinary.

On Tuesday, Yellowknife RCMP documented the arrest of a 50-year-old alleged to have stolen hair products and perfume. Police said the man also attempted to steal meat.

RCMP said Leroy Bloomstrand faces five charges in connection with the incidents. The allegations have yet to be tested in court.

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According to police, the chain of events began on Saturday, July 6, when RCMP received a report of a man attempting to make off with some meat from a local store.

Two days later, on Monday, RCMP received a call about an assault and theft at another Yellowknife business. This time, the culprit was more successful and “fled with perfume.”

On Wednesday, July 10, police allege the same person went back to the same business – this time threatening staff with a canister containing an unknown substance.

Nobody was injured but the individual “got his hands on a large quantity of perfumes,” police said.

On Thursday, police described arresting "the same suspect" – who was found to be in possession of stolen hair products "related to a break-and-enter at a hair salon."

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Bloomstrand has been charged with two counts of theft under $5,000, assault with a weapon and theft, robbery with an offensive weapon, and possession of property obtained by crime.

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