Witnesses who provided footage from their security camera helped Kingston Police nab a man responsible for multiple break and enter cases in downtown Kingston.
According to police, the male and female witnesses, who are occupants of a downtown residence, were awoken at approximately 12:40 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 when they heard the sounds of someone inside their home. The accused man was seen by the witnesses running out the back door of their home.
Police were contacted and responding officers observed footprints leading from the back door of the residence, as well as a hiking pack full of property which had been taken from the home. The occupants then provided police with home security video footage, which showed the accused entering the residence from the back door, removing the hiking pack, and then leaving the property when confronted by the witnesses.
Upon further investigation, police found that the accused man had entered two other residences in downtown Kingston during the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The man took items from both residences.
Later the same day, the accused man attended Kingston Police headquarters at approximately 7 p.m. At that time, he was still wearing the same clothing as was shown on the security video from earlier in the day during the break and enter. At approximately 7:25 p.m., the accused man was arrested for three residential break and enters. At that time, police also determined that the man had stolen a jacket from a downtown store, which was in his possession at the time of his arrest.
The 24-year-old man was charged with three counts of breaking and entering with intent, theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, and eight counts of breach of probation.
Kingston Police would like to remind the public to ensure they lock the doors and windows of their residences, as well as out buildings, such as sheds and garages, to help ensure they do not become victims of thefts or break and enters to their homes.