Carp beer break-in thwarted this morning

CARP – A poorly thought out plan, probably scribbled out on a bar napkin, was thwarted by police early this morning (Feb. 28).

Frontline officers responded to a break and enter in progress in the 400 block of Donald Munro Dr.overnight thanks to a tip from a key eyewitness.

“At approximately 2:50 a.m., two men broke into a business to steal a large quantity of merchandise,” the Ottawa Police Service released in a statement around noon. “They fled the area in a vehicle.”

“Alcohol was the target,” OPS media relations Const. Amy Gagnon told West Carleton Online this afternoon (Feb. 28). “There was a call in from a security firm to advise the police a break-in was in progress. The witness was able to observe the incident via video camera. The caller in this case was a huge help to the Ottawa police.”

A witness provided a detailed description of the vehicle and suspects. Gagnon said there were OPS constables nearby and responding officers in the area located and stopped the vehicle shortly after.

“The suspects were arrested without incident,” the OPS said. “The merchandise was recovered.”

The Ottawa Police Break and Enter Unit charged Adam Horner, 34-years-old and Anthony Martinez, 59-years-old both of Ottawa with:

  • Break and Enter
  • Possession of Break and Enter Instruments

It was later confirmed by local sources the target was the Carp liquour store.

Gagnon could not confirm if the two suspects in this morning’s break and enter were customers prior to the break-in or if they were known to the business.

Martinez has also been charged with two counts of breach of a recognizance.

Horner has been charged additionally with breach of recognizance and breach of probation.

“The have some form of prior charges,” Const. Gagnon replied in reference to the additional breach charges.

Both are scheduled to appear in court today.