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Joint police effort leads to arrest

A Brant County man is facing numerous theft charges laid by both the OPP and North Bay Police Service.

The OPP says throughout October, the man allegedly stole various items across the North Bay area including a wood splitter in Powassan, electronics from a Merrick Township business and tools from the Merrick Landfill site. They add the accused also fled from police driving through a red light, eventually abandoning his vehicle. 

The North Bay Police say that earlier this month the same man stole two different backhoes in the area. Both of the backhoes were found and returned to the owners. 

The North Bay OPP charged the 32-year-old man with:

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Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance

Theft Under $5000 x2

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 x 3

Fail to Comply with Release Order x 5.

The North Bay Police Service charged him with:

One count of Theft Over $5000;

One count of Possession of Property Over $5000 Obtained by Crime; and

Two counts of Breach of Release Order

The accused has been held pending a bail hearing and is scheduled to attend the North Bay Court on November 19.

Operations Inspector Jeff Warner at the North Bay Police Service says that the service has an “excellent” working relationship with neighbouring policing partners, including the OPP.

“It is important for police agencies to communicate frequently and work closely together to understand what is occurring in each other’s jurisdictions”.

Warner adds that this is an example that demonstrates the teamwork required to solve crimes in North Bay and surrounding communities.

Staff Sergeant Bill McMullen, Detachment Commander of the North Bay OPP, says the organization had investigated multiple property crime occurrences over the past few months, and they are constantly working in conjunction with policing partners to help solve the crimes due to the multi-jurisdictional nature of the offenders. He adds that police encourage individuals and businesses to consider utilizing surveillance as a tool to deter crime, as many investigations benefited from access to both residential and commercial video. 

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