On July 4, Greater Sudbury Police arrested a resident from the Municipality of St. Charles, wanted by West Nipissing OPP in relation to four crimes that occurred within the area over the past month.
The first incident was a Break, Enter and Theft that occurred at a residence in St. Charles between 5 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on May 4, while the homeowners were asleep. Warren OPP responded to the call around 10:45 a.m. that day, and found the culprit to have stolen a laptop, TV, cell phone, X-Box and a wallet.
Upon further investigation, officers discovered that two nearby camps had been broken into earlier this Spring and another TV had been stolen in the process.
As a result of the incident, both the St. Charles man and the youth have been charged with three counts of Break, Enter a Place-commit indictable offence.
On May 16, Sudbury OPP was informed by Sudbury police that a member of the public had found an abandoned ATV in Garson. The red, 2013 Honda 4Track 420cc, has 25-inch tires with aluminum rims, a black rear up-seat, rear fender guards, rear foot pegs, a Champion winch and licence plate 92ZB2.
The ATV is believed to have been stolen sometime between May 9-10 from the Municipality of French River.
For this incident, the youth as well as the St. Charles man from the earlier theft, were charged with Theft Under $5,000 of a Motor Vehicle.
Then around 3 p.m. on May 20, Warren OPP members responded to complaints that a red, 2008 70 cc Honda dirt bike had been stolen in St. Charles. For this crime, the St. Charles suspect and youth from the earlier incident were each charged with Theft Under $5000 of a Motor Vehicle.
The last known incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on May 22, when Warren OPP members were informed of an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) suspiciously travelling up and down the back roads in St. Charles.
Police say they were in the process of investigating an abandoned ATV at the scene, when the St. Charles man, youth suspect and a second youth, unrelated to the previous incidents, approached the officer's location.
According to police the youth, who was driving an ATV at the time, surrendered to police, while the St. Charles suspect as well as his young passenger, fled the scene in a Side by Side Off-Road Vehicle (ORV).
The OPP Canine Unit and Emergency Response Team were called to the scene and upon further investigation, found that two ATVs, the ORV as well as other items within the vehicles, has been stolen from three nearby residences.
Both youths involved in the incident were charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000, contrary to section 354(1)(b) of the CC and three counts of Break, Enter Dwelling House-commit indictable offence.
The St. Charles man, on the other hand, was charged with:
- Three counts of Break, Enter Dwelling House-commit indictable offence
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
- Fail to Comply with Recognizance
- Flight from Peace Officer
The youth related to all four incidents was arrested but later released with a Promise to Appear at the Ontario Youth Court of Justice in Sudbury July 11.
An arrest warrant was issued for the St. Charles man, who was later arrested by GSPS July 4 and held in custody until his bail hearing on July 5.