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Four charged in home invasions stay in custody

Four people charged over a series of Cranbrook home invasions have appeared in Criminal Court.

Terrence Albert Allan, Andrew Daryl James Monnette, Megan Wynter Sands and Jay Leonard Hills each had brief court appearances in Cranbrook Provincial Court on Monday, January 6.

The four were charged by RCMP who were investigating two home invasions and a break-in in Cranbrook over the holiday season.

Megan Sands faces 16 charges including break and enter a dwelling with intent to commit an offence, disguising the face with intent to commit an offence, and use of a firearm in an offence.

She appeared in Cranbrook court on Dec. 31, 2013, and Jan. 3, 2014, and has been denied bail.

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Sands will next appear in court on January 20.

Jay Hills faces nine charges, including robbery, disguising the face with intent to commit an offence, and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

Awaiting legal counsel, Hills consented to stay in custody until a bail hearing is held for him on Jan. 15. Hills will remain in Cranbrook cells until that hearing.

Andrew Monnette has been charged with 22 offences, including uttering threats, assault with a weapon, break and enter a dwelling with intent to commit an offence, disguising the face with intent to commit an offence, and use of a firearm in an offence.

Monnette appeared in Cranbrook court via video from a pre-trial centre. He agreed to stay in custody while waiting for his legal counsel to prepare for a bail hearing on Jan. 20.

Terrence Allan has been charged with 19 offences, including uttering threats, break and enter a dwelling with intent to commit an offence, disguising the face with intent to commit an offence, and use of a firearm in an offence.

Also appearing via video from pre-trial custody, Allan agreed to stay in custody until a bail hearing on Feb. 3 in Cranbrook.

According to RCMP, a home on 1st Avenue South in Cranbrook was the location of a home invasion on Dec. 18. There was a break and enter at the same home on Dec. 24.

On Boxing Day, there was a second home invasion at a property on 6th Street North in Cranbrook.

RCMP said four people entered the residence carrying a long gun, a shot gun, an Uzi-style firearm, brass knuckles and a baton. In both cases, electronic devices were stolen.

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