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OPP: Arrest made in Amherstview shoe thefts

Still from the security video footage released by L&A County OPP on Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019. The accused man has now been arrested and charged.

 

Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are crediting the public response to a social media post for leading to the arrest of a man accused of stealing shoes from an Amherstview business on more than one occasion.

On Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019, the East Region of the OPP posted a tweet regarding the thefts.

“The man captured on video stealing shoes from an #Amherstview business a couple of times in recent months struck again on Sunday. #LACOPP are hoping that you know this man’s identity. Pls contact the #OPP or #crimestoppers with any information.”

The post was accompanied by video footage of the accused man entering the Amherstview business where outdoor footwear is left just inside the door. The man appears to pick up and conceal a pair of shoes before leaving the business.

On Friday, Apr. 12, 2019, The L&A County Detachment of the OPP confirmed in a press release that the accused man had been arrested and charged.

“Acting on information received following a Twitter post earlier this week, officers from the L&A County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested and charged a Bath man with property-related criminal offences,” the Detachment said in the release.

According to the OPP, officers executed a search warrant on the afternoon of Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019 at a residence on Galt Street in the Village of Bath, Ontario. As a result of that search warrant, a large quantity of property was seized by police.

The Bath man, Daniel Kennelly, 54, was arrest by the OPP and has been charged with two counts of theft under $5,000, and one count of possession of stolen property contrary to the Criminal Code. Kennelly was released from custody with bail conditions, and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in May.

“The L&A County OPP detachment would like to thank those members of the public who provided information following the Twitter post on Wednesday,” the OPP said in the release.

“The arrest was made after [the] subject was identified on a Facebook posting of the Twitter release,” Const. Steve Earle, community safety and media officer with the L&A County OPP confirmed.

The investigation is continuing and further information will be released in the coming days, the OPP said.

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