OPP Investigating Multiple Break-ins in Thessalon Area Totalling Over $34,000

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(THESSALON, ON) – Members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating multiple breaks and enter incidents which occurred since the 6th of August 2020. Officers are currently investigating the following thefts:

1. Between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12, 2020 – Unknown person(s) attended a property on Ansonia within the Municipality of Huron Shores and broke a rear washroom window to a cabin and three sheds and outhouse had their doors ripped off at hinges. A small bunkhouse had been entered through a window. Items taken were an old Skill saw and a 12 volt 1500 lb portable winch with a value of $150.

2. Between July 1 and Aug. 15, 2020 – Unknown person(s) attended a sugar bush camp near Duff and Ansonia Roads within Plummer Additional Township and stole two Champion generators, Husqvarna chainsaw, Tool chest, tools, chains and a pipe wrench. An estimated value of all property is $3600.

3. Aug. 15, 2020 – Theft occurred approximately a year ago on Hwy 554 in the Warncliff area. The complainant concerned as property crime continues in the area. Stolen were tools with a value of $200.

4. Between 8:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 6:30 a.m., Aug 16, 2020 – A supervisor for Road Maintenance Construction company attended his worksite on Hwy 129 in Daigle Township near the Stoney Creek culvert approximately 75 kilometres north of Thessalon. A sea can unit and office trailer had been entered. Stolen were:

  • 14′ cargo trailer, silver in color, bearing Ontario Marker L1988C.
  • One 2001 CAT generator.
  • One Lincoln welder.
  • 770 Husqvarna cut off saw with gun and blade, gas powered.
  • 16″ Husqvarna chain.
  • Two Dewalt cordless drills.
  • Two Dewalt cordless nut drivers.
  • Two Dewalt cordless impact wrenches.
  • One Dewalt electric grinder.
  • One Milwaukee hammer drill.
  • One general tool kit.
  • Booster cables.
  • Four 12′ nylon slings.
  • One Rhino box.
  • Three general purpose extension cords.
  • Three Dewalt carry boxes, black in color.
  • One rotating laser.
  • Three two-way radios with chargers.
  • A core drill.
  • Core drill motor.
  • Two Water Pumps.
  • Six Dewalt battery chargers.
  • Four Dewalt 60V batteries.
  • Four Dewalt 20V batteries.
  • Four Dewalt 6 V batteries.
  • Miscellaneous tools.

Estimated value of property stolen is $25,000.

5. Between July 31 and Aug. 6, 2020 – Unknown person(s) attended a Maple Syrup Business located in the area of Desbarats Lake Road within Johnson Township.  There have been previous break and enters to trailers and camps in the area of Desbarats Caves and Puddingstone Road in Bruce Mines where unknown suspects broke into a shipping container on the property near Desbarats Caves. Unknown suspects broke lock off gate and storage container and storage trailer on property. At this theft locks were cut off at the Generator shed, Storage shed and Vacuum shed. A local resident reported unknown persons on ATV’s in nearby gravel pit.

List of property stolen from a storage shed and main building:

  • Dominion Grimm Releaser (blue).
  • Lapierre Gear Pump Unit (Syrup Pump) 3/8″. 1/3 Horsepower
  • CDL Beginner Bottling tool Kit. Includes 16″x16″ sugar pan cover, filter holder, water tank.
  • Two Home Plumber Surface Jet Pumps and fittings. Professional series.
  • Four Jack Straps.
  • One Rope Blocks.
  • Draw off three wheel cart with stainless steel tub.
  • Two propane stoves with fittings.
  • Lapierre Stainless steel door (16″x24″).

Estimated value of property stolen is $5200.

6. Between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, 2020 – Unknown person(s) attend a property on Trunk Road in Plummer Additional Township. Items stolen were:

  • Stainless steel juicer.
  • Small roasting pan.
  • Mastercraft belt sander.
  • Mastercraft palm sander.
    Weed eater.
  • Miscellaneous items (paint and sand paper, homemade wooden tote)

Estimated value of property stolen is $410.
Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for these theft should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at www.p3tips.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

SOME TIPS ON PREVENTING BREAK AND ENTERS

As a result of ongoing B&E investigations the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wish to provide some tips and helpful advice for the detection and prevention of residential break and enters.

The OPP dependent on the eyes and ears of area residents and here are some tips that can assist community involvement in the detection, prevention and conviction of offenders:

Detection:

  • Keep your eyes and ears open for suspicious vehicles and persons in the area of your residence/seasonal homes/businesses. Do not confront possible suspects.
  • Record the licence numbers and description of suspicious vehicles.
  • Record detailed descriptions of occupants of suspicious vehicles.
  • Report your concerns and observations immediately to the Ontario Provincial Police Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122. Provide your municipal address and your “911” number.
  • Make “would-be” thieves visible, install motion lights or leave an exterior light on to illuminate entrance ways and rear yards.
  • Don’t hide keys in secret places. Instead leave a duplicate with a friend or neighbour.
Prevention:
  • Lock your doors and secure any open windows prior to retiring for the evening or leaving your business.
  • Borrow an engraver from your local OPP Detachment to engrave your valuable belongings. This may discourage theft of valuables and will provide an easy way to identify stolen property.
  • Use a personal identification mark such as your driver’s licence number when engraving your property.
  • For deterrent purposes, the identification marks should be easily identifiable.
  • Record the contents of your home, cottage or business on paper or using a video camera.
  • Record the serial numbers of your property.
  • Remove expensive articles from your secondary home, cottage or business when away for extended periods of time.
  • Don’t leave articles out, such as axes and tools that could be used to assist in breaking into your residence.
  • Establish relationships with neighbours and check on each other’s property when away.
  • Lock and secure your property and outside belongings.
  • Invest in an alarm system and/or trail camera.
  • If you are away, make sure that your residence looks like it is occupied. Have the sidewalks shovelled, the mail collected, and the grass cut. Make use timers to have lights coming on and going off at different intervals.
  • Have someone check on your seasonal properties and businesses.
  • Avoid posting on social media sites when you are away from your residence.

If you discover a break and enter, please contact the OPP immediately at 1-888-310-1122. Do not enter your property as valuable evidence may be disturbed.