Man facing charges after break, enter and theft

By Rob Vogt Local Press Writer
A man with no fixed address is facing multiple charges following a break, enter and theft north of Claresholm.
On March 30, the Claresholm RCMP
announced that at 11:25 a.m. on March 28, 2022, Claresholm RCMP received a complaint that a lone 20-year-old female found an unknown male suspect in her rural home located approximately six kilometres north of Claresholm.
It is alleged during a verbal interaction, the suspect exited the residence and
attempted to steal a Chevy pick-up truck parked in the yard.
In an apparent failed attempt, the suspect re-entered the occupied residence, found, and stole keys for a 1994 Cadillac Deville car also parked in the yard. The suspect then exited the home, stole the car, and
departed in an unknown direction.
Members from Claresholm, Fort Macleod, and Nanton RCMP detachments responded.
Several minutes later the suspect and stolen vehicle were observed near Nanton.
Using tactics to maximize public safety, the suspect was eventually confronted and taken into custody without incident at a gas station in Nanton.
Further investigation found the suspect was in possession of drug paraphernalia and small amounts of suspected crack cocaine, was breaching a release order, and did not have a driver’s licence.
The investigation also found the suspect had unknowingly spent the prior evening in the victim’s yard.
“This is an excellent example of multiple detachments collaborating and working together to achieve favourable results.” said Sergeant Rob Harms of the Claresholm and Nanton detachments.
Twenty-eight-year-old Alexander Harsanyi of no fixed address was charged with:
1) Mischief contrary to Section 430(1)(d) of the Criminal Code;
2) Break and enter to a dwelling house and committing theft contrary to Section 348(1)(b) of the Criminal Code;
3) Theft of vehicle contrary to Section 333.1 of the Criminal Code;
4) Failing to comply with release order conditions contrary to Section 145(5)(a) of the Criminal Code;
5) Possession of crack cocaine contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act;
6) Operating a motor vehicle without driver’s licence contrary to Section 52(1)(a) of the Traffic Safety Act;
7) Operating a vehicle with no insurance contrary to Section 54(1)(a) of the Traffic Safety Act.
Harsanyi was taken before a justice of the peace for a judicial interim release hearing, and released from custody on a $4,000 promise to pay release order with conditions.
Harsanyi is schedule to attend Fort Macleod Provincial Court on April 13 at 10 a.m. to answer to the charges.
“This serves as a good reminder that rural properties are not immune from crime,” Harms said. “Property owners should
always lock and secure vehicles, residences, and such.”
Claresholm and Nanton RCMP wish to send out a general reminder to the public to report all suspicious activity. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.