Help Sought After St. Stephen-Area Break-In, Assault

The St. Stephen RCMP wants the public’s help after an assault during a break-and-enter earlier this week at a home in Heathland, N.B.

Mounties responded at around 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 7 to a report of a break-and-enter at a home on Route 740, where a 77-year-old owner arrived home and discovered two strangers inside.

“The suspects damaged the interior of the home during the intrusion and stole a number of personal items before assaulting the homeowner and fleeing the scene,” said St. Stephen RCMP Sgt. Scott MacKenzie.

“Both suspects were reportedly armed with hand tools.”

Police say the suspects are both men who appeared to be in their forties. One suspect had long hair, while the other was tall and had a slender build.

Investigators say they travelled in a blue SUV, which police say could be a Jeep Liberty. The vehicle had a hitch attachment and was missing the spare tire.

Anyone who was in the area and has security camera footage, witnessed anything suspicious, or has any information, can contact St. Stephen RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).