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OPP Arrest Man For West Perth Break and Enter

Web posted on May 27, 2014

(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON) - On Saturday May 24, 2014, shortly before 8 a.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to break-in to a shed at a rural residence south east of Mitchell.

Investigation revealed that sometime during the early hours on Saturday morning, May 24, 2014, the shed was entered. From inside the shed a large number of hand and power tools, as well as gas powered equipment and small sundry items were removed.

All this property appeared to have been loaded onto the property owner's Yamaha ATV that was parked in the shed. The ATV was subsequently driven away from the property by the culprit.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a Municipality of West Perth resident observed a male coming out of a field along Road 168 on his bicycle. The male had a power tool case in his hands and was carrying a back-pack. The resident contacted police and reported observing a suspicious person.

Around 9 a.m. police located this male on his bicycle along Huron Road and determined that the item he was carrying matched property stolen from the shed earlier in the morning. The male was arrested and the back pack was found to contain break in instruments and other stolen items from the shed. Officers also located the stolen ATV a short time later.

As a result of this investigation, Joseph CLUETT (18) of the Municipality of West Perth has been charged with the following Criminal Code of Canada offences:
- Break, enter a place commit indictable offence
- Fail to comply with probation order
- Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
- Possession of break in instruments

He remains in custody and is to appear for a bail hearing on Wednesday May 28, 2014, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford.

"I am very impressed by the residents of the Municipality of West Perth who are immediately calling us to report suspicious activity. This is the second break-in we were able to solve with the assistance of observant residents. Last week Monday we arrested two males who broke into a Goderich-Exeter Railway storage building in Mitchell, and Saturday we were able to arrest this individual. In both cases we were also able to recovered the stolen property"- Staff Sergeant Joel Skelding, Perth County OPP.

Anyone with information about crimes 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), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000