An investigation stretching as long as 2021 thus far has concluded with a Kingston man being arrested and charged in connection with the theft of heavy construction equipment.
According to Kingston Police, their investigation into the theft of the equipment from a housing developments in the Kingston area began in January 2021. Reports of similar thefts continued through February, March, and April, and those thefts included commercial-sized snow plows, wheel loader excavating buckets, and plate compactors being removed from various local construction sites. The total approximate value of the stolen equipment exceeded $200,000, police said.
Following the extensive investigation, a large number of the stolen pieces of property were recovered at an auction house north of Toronto in May 2021.
“Approximately ten pieces of heavy equipment were recovered and subsequently returned to their rightful owners in the Kingston area,” Kingston Police said in a press release on Thursday, Jun. 10, 2021.
“Police also recovered three other stolen pieces of heavy equipment that could not be traced back to their original owner.”
As a result, Jack Weighell, 21, of Kingston was arrested on Friday, Jun. 4, 2021 after turning himself in a Kingston Police Headquarters. He was later released on conditions with a future court date. Weighell was charged with theft over $5,000 and three counts of possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.
Kingston Police are requesting assistance from the public in identifying the rightful owners of the remaining recovered pieces of heavy equipment. Anyone with information in regards to this incident, or who believes that they are still missing pieces of heavy construction equipment, which were previously stolen between January 2021 and April 2021, is asked to contact Detective Schaule at 613-549-4660 ext. 6272 or via email at [email protected].
Tips can also be made anonymously by calling the Kingston Police general number (613-549-4660 ext. 0) and requesting to remain anonymous.