Suspects at large after break and enter, collision with homes

Police take photos and notes with evidence markers spread out across a large area after a vehicle stuck two homes in the Kingscourt Neighbourhood. Police believe the vehicle involved was also involved in a break and enter at a west-end business. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

Update (Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.):
Kingston Police have now made an arrest in connection with these incidents. Please find coverage of that arrest here.

Original article (Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, at 10:03 a.m.):

Kingston Police are currently investigating two incidents that occurred in the early morning hours, which they believe to be connected.

Those in the area of the intersection of Oak and Victoria Streets in the Kingscourt neighbourhood arose on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, to find a large police presence in the area, with a substantial crime scene taped off by police and evidence markers dotted throughout the scene. There, a vehicle had struck a house not long after 4 a.m., but police believe that incident occurred after another incident in the city’s west end.

Kingstonist began to inquire with police around 8 a.m. as to what had occurred in the area. At approximately 9:45 a.m., Kingston Police issued a press release on the matter.

According to police, officers with the Patrol Division responded to an alarm call at a west-end business at approximately 4 a.m.

“While responding to this call, officers observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed in the area of Princess Street and John Counter Boulevard. Assisting officers attempted to locate this vehicle in the nearby area, however were unable to locate the vehicle,” police said.

Police reported that officers arrived on scene at the business in question at approximately 4:05 a.m. Officers checked the premises, but no one was located inside. There was, however, evidence that a break and enter had occurred, Kingston Police stated.

Then, at approximately 4:10 a.m., Kingston Police received a report that a vehicle had crashed into a house in the area of Victoria and Oak Streets. According to police, members of the Patrol Division attended that scene and found that a vehicle had, in fact, struck two houses “in the area.”

“The vehicle is believed to be the same vehicle that was earlier observed travelling at a high rate of speed,” Kingston Police said, noting that one person was located “in the rear of the vehicle” and transported to hospital.

“Police believe this vehicle was also involved in the west end break and enter.”

Police further detailed that, during their investigation, they learned that two individuals had fled on foot from the vehicle that stuck the homes. The Canine Unit was called in, and Police Service Dog Dak initiated a track with patrol officers, however they were unable to locate the two suspects.

The investigation remains ongoing, police said. Anyone with information regarding either of the incidents detailed above is asked to contact Detective Constable Taylor Lauzon at [email protected].

Kingstonist has followed up with police for further details on the break-in, as well as whether police consider the person transported to hospital to be a suspect at this time, among other things. Further coverage will be provided as more details become available.

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