OPP and Timmins police solve 60 break and enters
CTV Northern Ontario
Published Tuesday, February 5, 2019 11:23AM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 8, 2019 10:42AM EST
The five people charged in connection to these break ins are all Timmins residences and range in age from 19 to 50.
Possesion of break in tools is the only charge that the 19-year-old faces.
Ontario Provincial Police in South Porcupine teamed up with Timmins Police Service after receiving numerous stolen property reports between September and December of 2018.
Now, five people face around 250 charges in connection with a spree of residential break-ins at seasonal and rural homes in the region.
Police say that analytics and forensics specialists were able to link approximately 60 separate break ins.
The estimated value of stolen property was over $250,000 and over $50,000 in damage was done to the properties affected.
Police say if you purchased any items online from someone named Patrick Paul Ferrari, you may be in possesion of stolen property. They believe this name is an alias. Police are interested in locating stolen property to return the items to the rightful owners.
"We understand from our interviews and the investigation people have been purchasing these items through social media and they may not be aware that they're stolen and they have been purchasing these for gifts or because it was a good deal." said Detective Sergeant Mark Donnelly, of Ontario Provincial Police.
OPP are still investigating a Foleyet break in that happened on November 28, 2018. Four firearms and a snowblower were stolen in this incident:
- .303 British Enfield bolt action rifle
- 12 gauge Winchester pump action shotgun
- 12 gauge Russian made single shot break action
- 20 gauge Russian single shot break action
- 2010 Honda 32-inch red snow blower with tracks
Police have recovered a set of keys on a black lanyard with Northern Ontario Expo written in white on it. They believe the lanyard’s owner may have information that can help with their investigation.
If you have any information regarding the break and enters, call South Porcupine OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.p3tips.com, or download the P3 app.
Will have pictures of many recovered items upload shortly.
Ontario Provincial Police and Timmins Police Service have called a news conference for the morning of Thursday, February 7 in South Porcupine.
They say they will be outlining the results of a major break and enter investigation.
It appears multiple people have been charged.
CTV Northern Ontario’s Lydia Chubak will be there and will have all the details as they become available.