Thanks to efforts made by ANS Scrap Metal on McAdoos Lane, Kingston Police were able to solve open and current cases in neighbouring communities outside of Kingston where several aluminum stadium bleachers/grandstands had been stolen from community centers.
In a media release on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, Kingston Police said they are “are applauding the efforts” made by ANS Scrap Metal “in relation to thwarting crime in the City of Kingston and for reporting suspicious activity to authorities.”
On Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, Loyalist Township shared a post on social media stating that its Parks crew arrived at the J. Earl Burt Memorial Park Ball Diamond in Wilton that morning to discover someone had removed the bleachers and players bench seats.
Due to ANS Scrap Metals, the stolen property has reportedly been recovered and two individuals were arrested and subsequently charged with multiple theft-related offences.
In the release, Kingston Police thank all those in our community who go above and beyond in taking the time to report criminalistic behaviour observed in our city.
“If you see something suspicious, please say something,” police said.
Kingston City Council and the Kingston Police Services Board have both recently been discussing the theft of metals and what can be done to catch those theives attempting to resell the metal; Mayor Bryan Paterson discussed the matter with the Police Services Board in late September, a direct result of conversations had around the horseshoe during the Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2023, meeting of Council, where councillors were asked to approve spending to cover the unexpected costs stemming from thefts and vandalism in Belle Park. That “necessary” spending was approved unanimously.
Kingstonist has inquired with Kingston Police as to where the two people arrested in connection with the thefts are from. This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.