Five people arrested after attempted armed break and enter in Napanee

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The Lennox and Addington Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has released some details around the arrests and charging of five individuals following a serious break and enter attempt in Napanee earlier this week.

The incident involved masked suspects, weapons, an altercation, and damage to property, the OPP said in a press release on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.

According to police, at approximately 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, officers from the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the OPP responded to reports of an attempted break and enter at a residential property on Dundas Street East in Greater Napanee.

“The victim advised that five people wearing masks and carrying weapons caused damage to the property, prior to fleeing the area in two different vehicles,” the OPP reported, noting that the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), the Napanee OPP Crime Unit, the OPP Canine Unit, the Napanee OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), the OPP Forensic Identification Services, and the Tyendinaga Police Service all assisted in the investigation.

As the investigation continued, a search warrant was executed at a residence and two vehicles in Napanee, the OPP said, though police did not disclose specifically where that home and the vehicles were located. The search warrants led to the seizure of suspected crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, and over $3,300 in cash.

As a result, the following five people were arrested:

  • Kayn Barry, 32, of Kingston
  • Jennea Chisamore, 25, of Lyndhurst
  • Jason Gilfillen, 36, of Lindsay
  • Mathew Latour, 37, of Kingston
  • Riley Moniz, 22, of Greater Napanee

All five of the above individuals have been charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Mischief
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

Chisamore and Moniz were further charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with:

  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – Methamphetamine
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – Fentanyl

Chisamore was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee at a later date, according to police. The other four individuals remain in custody pending a bail hearing.

Kingstonist asked the OPP what types of weapons were involved in the incident, but the L&A OPP had not responded by time of publication. This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

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  • Thefts merit a year-plus in jail, man wants to use it losing his habit
    Susan Yanagisawa
    Published Nov 14, 2019 •

    A Kingston man whose relapse into drug use fuelled a brief but determined excursion in crime over the summer has been sentenced to just under 13 months in jail. But Justice Allan Letourneau readily agreed on Friday to Matthew D. Latour’s request for a recommendation the sentence be served in the Ontario Correctional Institute in Brampton, which offers intensive treatment and programming to motivated offenders.

    Latour, 34, pleaded guilty in Kingston’s Ontario Court of Justice to using a man’s stolen credit card at three locations in early July; a break-in in the neighbourhood surrounding Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School in late July; the theft of tools, golf and baseball equipment from the same address; and the theft of a black 2005 Volvo from the home’s garage. Latour also admitted illegally using a stolen bank debit card belonging to the Volvo’s owner and to obstructing a police officer two days later by providing a false name, plus three related violations of a three-year probation he received in June 2018, by failing to keep the peace when he committed fresh crimes.

    He was given enhanced credit on 106 days of pretrial custody, sentenced to a further 386 days in jail, and probation for 18 months, during which time he must complete assessments, counselling and programs of rehabilitation as directed by his probation officer.

    Assistant Crown attorney Greg Skerkowski told the judge that Latour’s initial victim contacted Kingston Police around 11 p.m. on July 8 to report that his wallet, containing his credit card, had been “taken” about seven hours earlier that day at the Staples store on Barrack Street.

    The victim, he said, had earlier contacted his bank to cancel the Mastercard, only to learn that it had already been used to run up a $231.48 tab in just under an hour and a half. Skerkowski said Latour was captured by video surveillance at the Circle K convenience store on Ontario Street using the card at 5:15 p.m. to pay for $69.66 worth of merchandise, then at 6:30 p.m. at a Circle K on Bath Road where the tab was $80.60 and, six minutes later, at the Pioneer Gas Station on Bath Road where it was tendered for another $81.22.

    Fifteen days later, on July 23, Skerkowski told the judge, Latour broke into a woman’s car parked in the driveway of a Cowdy Street home at 5:20 a.m. and stole cigarettes and some medication. He then got into the home’s garage, using the automatic garage opener in the woman’ car.

    Once inside, Skerkowski said, Latour helped himself to sports equipment and tools belonging to the male householder, as well as his Volvo and keys. The judge was told he loaded a selection of the garage contents into the Volvo and drove off in it.

    The residents discovered upon waking that they’d had an intruder, Justice Letourneau was told, and the owner of the Volvo subsequently learned that his debit card, which had been inside the Volvo, had been used to pay an $86 bill at the Ontario Street Circle K convenience store.

    Latour hadn’t escaped completely undetected, however. Skerkowski said the householders, unbeknownst to their uninvited visitor, had a surveillance system installed in their door bell and it took Latour’s picture.

    There were already warrants out for his arrest two days later on July 25 when, Skerkowski said, a Kingston Police constable found Latour on the eighth floor of a Bagot Street apartment building. He told Justice Letourneau the officer was there on an unrelated matter but took note of the 34-year-old because he appeared to the officer to match the description of a suspect who, earlier that day, had been involved in a foot chase with police.

    It’s irrelevant, Skerkowski added, whether Latour actually was the suspect from the foot chase. The pertinent point, he suggested, was that his resemblance drew the attention of the officer, who consequently spoke to him.

    Latour, the judge was told, lied about his identity, claiming that his surname was Davies and he switched his birthdate from early in his natal month to very late. When his ruse was discovered, however, he was arrested and additionally charged with obstruction.

    The Volvo, meanwhile, had been abandoned in a parking lot on Elm Street on July 24, and Justice Letourneau was told it was recovered after sitting there unclaimed for three days.

    Latour, asked by the judge if he had anything he wanted to say, apologized to his family and the individuals he victimized. He told Justice Letourneau that he wants to pay “a little bit of restitution to the people I have affected,” prompting the judge to tell him he could work that out that with his probation officer after his jail sentence has been served.

    Latour then expressed his disappointment with himself, telling Justice Letourneau that he “was doing really well on probation” until he said a personal loss confronted him and he returned to using drugs. “I lost everything in about three weeks.”

    Justice Letourneau encouraged Latour in his desire to beat his drug addiction and parent his children. He told Latour he’s always thought “a proper parent is someone who’s there, overall, for their kids,” and who helps make them more resilient. Children, the judge observed, do better when they have the support of both parents, and he suggested they need that advantage more than ever. “The world’s not getting any less scary,” he told Latour. “It’s getting more scary.”

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