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NBPS: 14 people facing 58 charges relating to break and enters

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North Bay Police Service says they have made arrests in relation to a number of break and enters around North Bay over the last year.

Police say at the May 19 Police Board Meeting, Chief Tod said there was an increase in property-related crime over the last year, specifically an increase in the break and enters. As a result, a break and enter initiative was created and led by Detective Constable Dave Wilson.

Officials say the initiative has seized various stolen property through the execution of a search warrant. The search warrant was used at a home in the 300 block of Main Street. Property recovered included a bike valued at $3,000, along with chainsaws and hand tools.

Police add that during the investigation, the Alternate Response Unit identified a man responsible for multiple thefts from motor vehicles. The accused, a 37-year-old from North Bay has been charged with a total of 43 criminal offences related to the thefts from vehicles and subsequent fraudulent use of stolen financial cards. He remains in custody.

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Officers say the initiative has resulted in a total of 58 criminal code charges being laid against 14 different people. Those 58 charges include:

  • 17 counts of break and enter
  • Six counts of breach of probation
  • Three counts of mischief
  • One count of attempted break and enter
  • Three counts of breach of undertaking
  • One count of assault with a weapon
  • Two counts of breaching of release order
  • Five counts of breaching of recognizance
  • One count of obstructing police
  • Three counts of possessing a controlled substance
  • Four counts of theft under $5,000
  • Six counts of possessing stolen property

Police say through this, seven people were discovered that had outstanding arrest warrants. The warrants have been executed and the individuals are before the courts.

“Video evidence was also extremely valuable in this initiative,” said Constable Wilson. “We were able to secure quality images that helped identify suspects and that kind of evidence will assist tremendously in court proceedings.”

“This is a great example of the consistent and dedicated work by our officers. Their efforts have resulted in these arrests,” adds Chief Tod. “The North Bay Police Service appreciates the collaborative effort developed with community partners such as the Hock N Save and the Canadian Hock Exchange who remain diligent with locating, identifying and returning property to the rightful owners.”

Police advise break and enters, like theft from cars, are often a crime of opportunity. The more difficult it is for thieves the more likely it is that they will move along. Practice crime prevention and be aware of suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood and call police immediately if you’re concerned.

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