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Two arrested for rash of more than 20 LCBO thefts

The BEAR Unit issues a disclaimer to criminals: We’re coming for you

Greater Sudbury Police Service’s BEAR Unit says it has cracked the case of a rash of LCBO thefts that have occurred over the past few months.

The GSPS also issued a disclaimer on behalf of the BEAR (which stands for Break, Enter and Robbery) Unit, a message to criminals.

“DISCLAIMER; Criminals who continue to target our local businesses will be identified, located, arrested and charged accordingly. Our BEAR Unit is very good at what they do and they will find you.”

Police said over the past few months, the unit has been looking into multiple reports of thefts from LCBO stores in the city, in which the same two individuals were involved. The BEAR officers finally caught up with the two men they believe responsible in February, and arrested them on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23. They both face numerous Theft Under $5,000 charges.

Combined, the two men have been charged in relation to more than 20 incidents, resulting in the theft of almost $9,000 worth of merchandise, GSPS said.

A 25-year-old Sudbury man was arrested on Feb. 22. He faces 17 charges of theft under $5,000, as well as a robbery charge for a mid-February incident at the New Sudbury Centre where he allegedly entered a store, assaulted an employee and left with merchandise without paying for it. He was held for bail court and was remanded into custody.

The other suspect, a 32-year-old Sudbury man was arrested Feb. 23. He faces four counts of theft under $5,000, as well as one count each of mischief under $5,000, failure to comply with a recognizance and failure to attend court. He was held for bail court.