Police have made arrests in connection with a number of break-ins at businesses throughout Southwestern Ontario, including some in Grey-Bruce.
Two men were arrested following a traffic stop in Listowel on Friday, and after investigating, police determined that they were responsible for seven break-ins and thefts since October at businesses in Hanover and Walkerton, as well as Seaforth, Parkhill, Forest, Lucknow and Listowel.
Police made the arrests early Friday morning after a Perth County OPP officer investigating a report of someone rummaging through unlocked vehicles, observed a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign.
The vehicle was stopped on Main Street West in Listowel and during the investigation the officer noticed that the vehicle matched the description of a suspect vehicle in the break and enters, it said in a news release from police.
While officers were speaking with the occupants, it was reported that a break-in had just occurred at a business on Wallace Avenue North in Listowel, where suspects had broken a window to gain entry. The driver and passenger matched surveillance footage, and were arrested for the break-in, the release said.
A 33-year-old Huron East man has been charged with break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, seven counts of break and enter – commit indictable offence, eight counts of mischief under $5,000, seven counts of theft under $5,000 and possessing break-in instruments.
A 30-year-old Huron East man has been charged with break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, six counts of break and enter – commit indictable offence, seven counts of mischief under $5,000, six counts of theft under $5,000 and possessing break-in instruments.
Both were released from custody and are scheduled to appear in court in Stratford at a later date to answer to the charges.