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Man uses kayak as getaway vehicle, faces multiple charges

The 30-year-old broke into Georgian Bay cottage, threatened a property owner
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2019-08-01goodmorningnorthbaybct  4  Kayak armada. Photo by Brenda Turl for BayToday.
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After a getaway attempt in a kayak on Georgian Bay, a 30-year-old Cornwall man has been charged with multiple offences, including uttering threats and break and enter.

The Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the OPP say they were called out to a home near Ishpiming Beach (that's near the Penetanguishene-Midland area in central Ontario) at 2:29 p.m. Aug. 2.

The caller had come upon a man who was trespassing, and was threatened with a sharp-edged weapon. 

The OPP — which dispatched its marine unit among other officers — located the man off shore in front of the caller's residence in a kayak as he fled from the scene.

“With considerable hardship but without incident, officers were able to take control and arrest the male while on the waters of Nottawasaga Bay,” said a press release.

The man was charged with:

  • Robbery with weapon
  • Resist peace officer
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Mischief under $ 5,000
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Fail to comply with recognizance
  • Fail to comply with probation order
  • Causing a disturbance
  • Uttering threats - Cause death or bodily harm
  • Operating human-powered pleasure craft without personal flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each person on board
  • Operating human-powered pleasure craft without prescribed life-saving appliances on board
  • Operating human-powered pleasure craft without prescribed vessel safety and navigation equipment on board 

He was held in custody for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie.

After the man was arrested, officers were called out Aug. 3 to a report of a break and enter and theft at a summer residence at Cedar Point Road and Concession 20 West in Tiny Township.

The cottage owner said the suspect or suspects had entered the building between Aug. 1 and 2.

OPP officers were able to view surveillance footage, and the same 30-year-old man was also charged in this incident. 

He is facing additional charges of:

  • Break, enter a place - commit indictable offence
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Possession property obtained by crime under $5,000 - in Canada
  • Fail to comply with recognizance
  • Fail to comply with probation order
  • Mischief under $ 5,000

The accused remains in custody awaiting a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on Aug. 9.

Police are asking anyone who may have been a victim of a property crime or observed suspicious activity between Aug. 1-3 in the Cedar Point to Lafontaine Beach area is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

You can submit your information online at www.p3tips.com or if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. 

Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.
 




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