On September 2, 2015 patrol officers completed an investigation into two thefts of vehicles on August 1st, 2015. It is alleged that the 17 year male old young offender stole a vehicle from Industrial Park Crt. The offender drove this stolen vehicle to a lot on Great Northern Rd where he smashed it into a tractor causing the tractor to flip on its side. The offender than drove the stolen vehicle out to Aweres Township and caused the vehicle to get stuck in a ditch. The offender than attended a driveway of a residence in Aweres and stole another vehicle. The offender drove this vehicle back to the area of Industrial Park Crt. where it broke down. At the time of the offences the offender was on probation orders with various conditions. The offender has been charged with two counts of theft of motor vehicle, mischief, and two counts of breach of probation. The offender will appear in bail court on September 3rd.
On September 3, 2015 at 2:20am police arrested 42 year old Lawrence Gatza of Ferguson Ave. It is alleged that in the early morning hours the accused was trying car doors in the East end of the city looking for unlocked vehicles. When the accused found an unlocked vehicle he would search the interior and steal any items of value. At this time the accused was found in possession of a stolen iPod and women’s purse. The accused has been charged with theft under $5000 and possession of stolen property. The accused will appear in court on October 5th. This investigation is continuing.