Man accused of Fort McMurray looting out on bail
Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016 8:34AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7:17PM EDT
A 19-year-old man accused of breaking into two homes in Fort McMurray after an evacuation order was put in place was released on bail on Tuesday.
Jeffery Stodola appeared in an Edmonton court on Tuesday for a bail hearing. He is facing break and enter charges. It's alleged he stayed behind in Fort McMurray with his parents after an evacuation order was put in place.
Police announced his arrest over the weekend. "One individual was arrested for a property crime by our police dog service," RCMP Insp. Kevin Kunetzki told reporters on Saturday.
Stodola was released on $10,000 bail and the condition he not return to Fort McMurray, with the exception of the trial and preliminary inquiry.
His next court appearance has been set for July 20, if the courts in Fort McMurray are operating.
Kunetzki told reporters on Wednesday that police have found signs of forced entry at 100 Fort McMurray homes.
The RCMP will be investigating all of these cases as potential crimes. But Kunetzki said the majority of these forced entries were likely the result of neighbours trying to check on people or pets who may have been inside the home during the fire.
With files from CTV Edmonton