On the 5th of April just after 4:30 pm officers from the Break and Enter Unit attempted to stop a vehicle in the City’s west end after learning that the plate did not match the vehicle. As officers approached the vehicle the driver fled from the officers and drove away.
The driver travelled on various streets in the City’s west end at high rates of speed and began driving into oncoming traffic. Officers were able to identify the driver of the vehicle as 23-year old Jeffery LECLAIR of MacDonald Avenue. Due to the erratic driving by the accused and the risk to public safety officers terminated the pursuit of the vehicle. A warrant was requested for the accused in relation to this incident.
On the 6th of April officers from Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Break and Enter Unit arrested the accused on a warrant for one count of flight from police and one count of dangerous driving stemming from an incident on April 5th in the City’s west end. The accused appeared in bail court on April 7th.
During the course of their investigation arresting officers obtained information that linked the accused to two robberies from earlier this year. The first robbery occurred on March 23rd at the Mac’s Mart on Wellington Street West. The second robbery was on April 5 at the Mac’s Mart on Wellington Street East.
Officers obtained and executed a search warrant on the accused’s vehicle as well as personal belongings which linked the accused to one of the robberies. As a result of further investigative work officers linked the accused to the second robbery. During the search a flick knife, which is a prohibited weapon, was located. The accused is on a court order prohibiting him from possessing weapons. At the time of the offences the accused was on probation.
The accused has further been charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of wear a disguise with intent, two counts of weapons dangerous, one count of possession of a prohibited weapon, one count of possession of a prohibited weapon contrary to a prohibition order and two counts of breach of probation.
The accused appeared in bail court this morning.