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Perth County OPP Reports - May 02, 2014

Web posted on May 02, 2014

FEMALE ARRESTED IN SHOPLIFTING SPREE

(ST.MARY'S, ON) - On Thursday May 01, 2014, shortly before the noon hour, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in St.Mary's were contacted by a local merchant. The merchant reported having a female in his store who he suspected of stealing merchandise at an earlier date. The female left the store and was seen driving off in a van.

A short time later, officers located the female and the van at the St.Mary's Canadian Tire parking lot. She was arrested and found to be in possession of a large number of stolen items. The items in her vehicle had been shoplifted from St.Mary's and area businesses. Officers contacted five business owners that were identified as victims.

The owners were able to identify their property and confirmed that the items had been stolen from their businesses earlier in the day. The stolen goods ranged from garden furniture, electronics, plants, paint and other hardware items.

Colleen SMITH (51), a Hamilton resident, has been charged with five counts of "theft under $5,000", and five counts of "possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000", contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

She is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford on May 26, 2014 to answer to these charges.

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THEFT OF BICYCLE FROM UNLOCKED GARAGE

(ST.MARYS, ON) - On Wednesday April 30, 2014, a St. John St. South resident contacted the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), to report the theft of a mountain bike from his garage.

Investigation revealed that sometime between Saturday evening April 26, and Wednesday evening April 30, 2014, an unknown suspect entered the detached garage on the residential property. Entry into the garage was gained by means of an unlocked man-door located on the side of the building.

The bicycle is a Royal Blue coloured, 2006 specialized "Hardrock" man's mountain bike, with front shocks, and disc brakes. The bike has an odometer on the handle bars, and a black mount for a flashlight. The bike is valued at $1,000.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of this bike or having information about this theft is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), you could be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


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