Octave is reported to have committed his last burglary at Builders Choice in La Farge, Choiseul, between April 23 and 24.
Police said an employee of the store locked up the store after closing at 4:30 pm on April 23.
Upon her return at 7:50 the next morning in the company of a senior employee, there was evidence that the store had been compromised. The inner door to the main office had been forced open and the office had been ransacked.
Further investigation led them to the basement where it was determined that the burglar had possibly gained entrance through a broken window.
The police were notified and investigations were carried out, which led them to Octave.
During his statement under caution, police said Octave admitted to having robbed the store, entering through the toilet window in the basement and leaving with several items. These included approximately $300 in cash, some tomato and cucumber seeds, and two malts. He allegedly stated that he was not interested in the bigger items because they were not what he came for.
In court Octave said he was guilty and admitted to being unemployed and stressed at the time of the burglary.
During the course of the investigations, Octave led police to believe that he was responsible for three other unresolved burglaries, which took place between March and August of 2012.
He allegedly confessed to robbing the Builders’ Choice store in La Fargue in March 2012, where he took over $500 in cash. In his defence Octave reportedly stated to police, “I went there to get money to pay my bills.”
The next burglary occurred in August 2012, during a break in at the R & Z’s Gas Station owned and operated by Russell Mason. During this robbery, which Octave also allegedly admitted to, he made off with over $5,000 in cash and cheques, which had been secured in a safe in the main office.
Then, in the third incident, also in August, the offices of the Saltibus Credit Union were compromised and the burglar made off with over $20,000, an amount which was verified by the credit union.
“It’s all true but the amount is wrong. I only took about $3,000 in paper money and some coins,” Octave reportedly said to police.
Octave is charged with four counts of burglary worth over $25,000.