Arrest made nearly one month after retail break-in, collision on Oak Street

Evidence markers placed by police cover the ground around a vehicle that crashed into a residence on Oak Street in Kingston’s Kingscourt neighbourhood on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

After a bizarre turn of events in mid-February involving a break and enter at a business in Kingston’s west end as well as a collision with two houses in the city’s Kingscourt neighbourhood, Kingston Police have made an arrest.

Kingstonist readers may recall that on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, residents in the area of Oak Street at Victoria Street awoke to find a large police presence and a substantial crime scene taped off. Evidence markers were spread throughout the area as officers continued their on-scene investigation, which began at that location not long after 4 a.m. after a vehicle struck a house on Oak Street. However, police reported at the time that they believed the collision occurred after a separate incident in the west end.

According to police, officers responded to an alarm call at a business on Midland Avenue at approximately 4 a.m. At that location, officers found evidence that the business had been broken into, but no one was present on the scene.

However, while on their way to the west-end business, those same responders “observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed in the area of Princess Street and John Counter Boulevard. Those officers alerted others of the speeding vehicle, but the assisting officers were unable to locate the vehicle.

Then, at approximately 4:10 a.m., Kingston Police received a report of a vehicle crashing into a house near Victoria and Oak Streets. Members of the Kingston Police Patrol Division attended the scene and found that a vehicle had, in fact, struck two houses “in the area.”

“The vehicle is believed to be the same vehicle that was earlier observed travelling at a high rate of speed,” Kingston Police said, noting that one person was located “in the rear of the vehicle” and transported to hospital.

“Police believe this vehicle was also involved in the west end break and enter.”

Officers learned that two people had fled the vehicle after it came to a stop, but despite employing the Kingston Police Canine Unit and Police Service Dog, Dak, police were unable to track down either of those who fled.

After multiple inquiries following up with Kingston Police to find out if the investigations into these incidents had progressed, Kingston Police confirmed on Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2024, that one of the suspects has now been arrested.

According to Kingston Police, on Thursday, Mar. 7, 2024, a 22-year-old from Barrie was arrested in Kingston. Police said the accused 22-year-old was the registered owner of the vehicle that struck the houses.

The accused individual was charged with:

  • Breaking and entering
  • Theft over $5,000
  • Mischief under $5,000
  • Employing a facemask/disguise with the intent to commit an indictable offence

According to Constable Anthony Colangeli, a Media Relations Officer with Kingston Police, the investigation into the two incidents remains ongoing.

“Our investigators are continuing to investigate this incident and other parties involved. They do anticipate laying more charges on additional individuals sometime in the future,” he said.

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