SUDBURY -- After identifying an increase in property crime earlier this year, police in North Bay launched tasked several officers to study the crimes and look for links between each occurrence.

The result was 58 charges being laid against 14 people suspected of being behind several of the crimes, North Bay Police said in a news release Friday.

The effort was led by Det. Const. Dave Wilson, who worked with four frontline officers, two members of the street crime unit and members of the services’ newly formed alternate response unit.

"These officers compiled a review of property crime occurrences over the last year and identified linkages between occurrences," police said in the news release. "They were able to identify individuals and take investigative steps to secure additional evidence."

“Video evidence was also extremely valuable in this initiative," Wilson said, attributing the success of the initiative to help from the public who came forward with information. "We were able to secure quality images that helped identify suspects and that kind of evidence will assist tremendously in court proceedings.”

In addition to the 58 charges, police seized stolen property using a search warrant on a residence in the 300 block of Main Street in North Bay on June.

Property recovered included a $3,000 bicycle, chainsaws and hand tools.

As part of the initiative, the alternate response unit identified a 36-year-old man they say is responsible for multiple thefts from motor vehicles. He now faces 43 charges in connection with the thefts and remains in custody.

"The officers involved in this initiative also identified seven people who had outstanding arrest warrants," the release said. "The warrants were executed and the individuals are before the courts."

Police are still trying to identify the owners of some of the property that was seized, including various hand tools and power tools.

“This is a great example of the consistent and dedicated work by our officers," said North Bay Police Chief Scott Tod. "Their efforts have resulted in these arrests.

“The North Bay Police Service appreciates the collaborative effort developed with community partners, such as the Hock N Save and the Canadian Hock Exchange, who remain diligent with locating, identifying and returning property to the rightful owners.”

Police say break and enters, like theft from cars, are often a crime of opportunity. The more difficult you make it for thieves the more likely it is that they will move along. Practice crime prevention and be aware of suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood and call police immediately if you’re concerned. "We will respond to these calls," the release said.

Police also remind the public that as part of their ongoing efforts to work with our community to enhance public safety you can become involved in its security camera registration.