Kingston Police were busy catching up with car thieves over the weekend of Friday, Jul. 20 to Monday, Jul. 23, 2018 – and three Kingston men have been charged as a result.
The first incident actually occurred on Monday, Jul. 16, when the accused was recorded on video surveillance in a secure packing garage for a residential facility “where he had no reasonable excuse to be,” according to a press release from Kingston Police.
On the video footage, the man is seen leaving the garage and returning less than an hour later with his face covered, at which point he steals a vehicle. That vehicle was recovered the following day by Ontario Provincial Police at an auto recyclers on County Road 1. Video surveillance from the auto recyclers showed the accused in the office selling the vehicle.
After viewing the footage from both locations, police were able to identify the accused and then learned he was already wanted for shoplifting.
On Friday, Jul. 20, Kingston Police located the accused at a residence on Alfred Street. The 32-year-old man was arrested and charged with: theft, break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and two counts of breach of probation.
The second car theft occurred on Saturday, Jul. 21. The complainant and a roommate were returning to their Montreal Street home at approximately 3 a.m. and, while walking up the driveway, a vehicle began to come towards them. The vehicle belonged to the complainant, who stopped the vehicle with the roommate. The man behind the wheel was unknown to the roommates.
The accused tried to leave, but was physically restrained by the roommates. Police were called, and, upon arrival, it was discovered the accused had also broken into the residence and stolen several items – including the keys to the vehicle.
The 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, possession of stolen property, and theft of a vehicle.
The third incident occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jul. 22. At approximately 3:30 a.m., the complainant put her car keys down for a moment at her home in central Kingston. When she returned, her keys were gone, as was the accused – a house guest at the time.
The complainant went outside and confirmed her vehicle was missing. She began to search on foot at nearby addresses that she thought the accused might be.
Hours later, a patrol officer observed the accused driving on John Counter Boulevard. The officer had reason to believe the accused was not licensed, and stopped the vehicle. While issuing a ticket for driving without a license, the complainant contacted police, and the officer was able to arrest the accused on the spot.
The accused was transported to Kingston Police Headquarters, where police discovered a large quantity of industrial electrical cable while searching the vehicle, which police believe was stolen by the accused.
The 32-year-old Kingston man was charged with two counts of possession of stolen property, and taking a motor vehicle without consent.