Couple’s home robbed after explosion in NE Calgary, suspect arrested: police

Calgary police have arrested a man suspected of robbing a northeast home of jewelry, which happened after a nearby home exploded in late March.

Officers say a couple was returning to their home on Maryvale Way on March 30, days after the explosion had evacuated the surrounding area, when they ran into a man who was “exiting their residence.”

The man claimed to be “security” and left the scene.


When the victims entered their home, police say they spotted evidence of a break-in, along with several pieces of jewelry stolen.

Following the investigation, police identified the suspect and issued warrants for his arrest.

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In the meantime, police were called to the Village Square Leisure Centre in northeast Calgary at around 3 a.m. and found a man they allege is the same one that supposedly stole the jewelry.

As a result, 53-year-old Daniel Riley Johnson is facing nine charges, including break and enter, possession of “break-in instruments,” and wearing a disguise with intent.

In addition, officers say he is being charged in three separate incidents, which involve breaking into a commercial building, theft of a vehicle, and possessing weapons.


The suspect will appear in court on April 28.

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However, the jewelry remains missing, and police seek the public’s help in identifying the pieces but are not able to provide photos.

Police say the stolen jewelry includes nine gold chains with various pendants, a ruby ring, opal earrings, a Swarovski pendant with matching earrings, pear earrings, a pearl pendant, a jade ring pendant, and silver chains.

Investigators ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 403-266-1234 or leave a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.