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Two accused in home invasions going to trial

Two people charged over a series of home invasions in Cranbrook have pleaded not guilty and are headed for trials later this year.

On Monday, March 3, Megan Sands appeared via video in Cranbrook Provincial Court and entered not guilty pleas on all 16 charges against her. She has chosen to have a trial before a provincial court judge. A date will be set for her trial on March 31.

One of her co-accused, Jay Hills, has also pleaded not guilty and is headed to trial in Cranbrook provincial court on June 17.

Meanwhile, Terrence Allan appeared in Cranbrook court on Monday and told Judge Grant Sheard that he plans to plead guilty to the charges he faces. In the meantime, he remains in custody awaiting a bail hearing. Allan will next appear in Cranbrook court on March 17.

The final of the home invasion accused, Andrew Monnette, was granted bail in Cranbrook on Feb. 17 with a $10,000 recognizance. His next appearance is also on March 17.

The four people face numerous charges including break and enter, disguising the face with the intent to commit an offence, uttering threats, and use of a firearm in committing an offence.

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 allegedly 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 allegedly stolen.

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