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Arrest made in break-in while 93-year-old woman was home

Thirty-eight-year-old suspect allegedly fled with victim's personal items after May 5 incident.
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THUNDER BAY – An arrest has been made after a break-and-enter at a north end residence while the 93-year-old homeowner was in the house.

Police say the 38-year-old suspect allegedly forced entry into the north-side home just after 9:30 p.m. on May 5 and fled with a number of the victim’s personal items.

The victim, who was not injured, was able to call 911.

The robber was caught after police reviewed a number of neighbourhood surveillance cameras and conducted an extensive follow-up investigation.

Richard Nicholas Surdyka faces charges of break-and-enter, theft under $5,000 and mischief under $5,000. Additionally the suspect was charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000 in conjunction with a separate incident.

He was arrested on Friday morning without incident, police said in a release.

Surdyka has been remanded into custody facing a future court date. None of the charges have yet to be proven in court. 



Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith has been the editor of Thunder Bay Source for 17 years and has served a similar role with TBNewsWatch.com since 2009. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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