Update: Two males arrested after possible vehicle theft investigation near Odessa

A number of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cruisers were seen on Highway 2 in the Odessa area on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023. Submitted photo.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, at 11:26 a.m. For most recently updated information, please see bottom of article.

A number of police cruisers driving around in the Odessa area of Loyalist Township alerted area residents to an ongoing investigation this morning.

Just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, multiple residents reported that Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cruisers could be seen “circling the area” along Highway 2 near the roundabout at Odessa. Shortly after, the OPP East Region Communications Team posted to social media, indicating that the “large police presence” on County Road 4 and County Road 2 (Highway 2) was the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the OPP “searching for person who fled from a vehicle.” Police asked that members of the public avoid the area.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Constable David Yome, Media Relations Officer for the L&A OPP, said that the investigation and the catalyst for it posed no threat to public safety.

“It’s a criminal investigation into a possible theft of a vehicle,” Yome said, noting that the suspect had “fled on foot.”

By 11:07 a.m., the OPP East Region had reported that L&A OPP had arrested one male “without incident” in relation to the investigation and that the area along Highway 2 and County Road 4 had been cleared by police.

Police are expected to release further details on this investigation later in the day. Kingstonist will update this article as more information becomes available.

Update (Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, at 5:15 p.m.):
The Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have made two arrests and shared further details on the vehicle theft investigation that led to a large police presence in the Odessa area earlier in the day (see above).

According to a press release from the L&A OPP, an automatic licence plate reader is to thank for having started the investigation. Today, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, just before 9 a.m., L&A OPP received a report of a stolen truck travelling eastbound on Highway 401 towards Tyendinaga Township.

“Quinte West OPP had received an Automatic Licence Plate Reader (ALPR) hit for a stolen truck and advised L&A County OPP,” police said.

“Members attended and located the vehicle still traveling eastbound at Deseronto Road.”

Officers activated their emergency lights to pull the truck over, but the vehicle didn’t stop. Police deployed a spike belt in front of the truck at Palace Road, the OPP said, and “all four tires [of the truck] hit the spike belt and the vehicle exited at County Road 4.”

According to the OPP, while officers were following the stolen truck, an additional ALPR detected a stolen Jeep, which was also travelling eastbound on Highway 401 at County Road 4.

“Police blocked the Jeep in and it stopped without incident. No damage to police vehicles or stolen vehicle. The lone occupant of the jeep was arrested and brought back to the L&A County detachment,” the L&A OPP said.

The stolen truck, however, drove into a field just off County Road 4 and County Road 2 (Highway 2), and the lone driver of the vehicle fled on foot. Officers “contained the area,” the OPP said, and the Kingston Police Canine Unit and OPP Canine Unit attend the scene to assist in the search for the male driver.

“After an extensive search, the male was located by police and arrested without incident,” police said.

As a result of the investigation into the stolen Jeep, a 36-year-old male from St. Hubert, Quebec, was charged with:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime with a value over $5,000
  • Possessing an automobile master key
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited

As a result of the investigation into the stolen truck, a 27-year-old male from Lachine, Quebec, was charged with:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime with a value over $5,000
  • Flight from a police officer
  • Dangerous driving
  • Obstructing a peace officer

“Both accused are being held for a bail hearing. Names of the accused and court date will be released when charges have been sworn,” the L&A OPP concluded.

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