Male Arrested In Relation to Stolen Vehicle

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Sometime overnight on July 4th a vehicle parked on Arabian Court was entered and items were taken from the vehicle including a set of keys to a vehicle, a passport and money.

Sometime overnight between July 5th and 6th a 2015 a Dodge pickup truck was stolen from the same residence using the keys that had been stolen on the 4th.

On the afternoon of July 6th, officers from the Crime Suppression Unit of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service observed the stolen vehicle in the west end of the city. Officers followed the vehicle and waited until the driver parked. Officers approached the male as he was exiting the vehicle and advised him he was under arrest. The male dropped several items, including a pair of rubber boots and a life preserver, and took off running from officers.

Patrol officers who were in the area also assisted with locating the accused. He was located attempting to hide under a deck. During the arrest the accused resisted officers by not complying with demands to put his hands behind his back.

When the accused was searched officers located the keys for the stolen truck, a debit card in the name of the owner of the truck as well as a set of brass knuckles. Officers also located 1.76 grams of crystal methamphetamine. The items dropped by the accused belonged to the owner of the truck.

At the time of the offence the accused was on release conditions with a curfew to remain in his residence daily between 10 pm and 6 am.

24-year old Branden Hartling of Goulais Avenue has been charged with one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000, one count of theft of a motor vehicle, one count of possession of stolen property under $5,000, one count of breach of release document, one count of resist police and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon all contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. In addition the accused was charged with one count of possession of a controlled drug or substance contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act.

The accused will appear in bail court on July 7, 2016.