Three local men involved in the theft of power tools from a Belleville business – including one with an outstanding warrant – have been arrested and charged.
The theft occurred while the Kingston Police Street Crime Unit were surveilling the man with the wanted man, whom they became aware of on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. That day, at approximately 6:40 p.m., the accused man got into a white pickup truck, which police followed from Kingston to a store in Belleville.
According to Kingston Police, upon arriving in Belleville, the accused man exited the vehicle and entered a store. While inside the store, the accused man selected various power tools, which he left outside the rear door of the building. The accused man then exited the store at approximately 8:30 p.m. and got back in the truck. He then drove the truck to the back of the store and retrieved the stolen items.
Members of the Street Crime Unit followed the truck back to Kingston where the vehicle was stopped by a Kingston Police cruiser at approximately 9:30 p.m. The accused man was arrested. Upon searching the man, police located a quantity of a substance suspected to be fentanyl in his pants pocket.
Police also arrested the male driver of the truck, as well as another male passenger. The value of the recovered stolen property was over $2,700.
All three males were transported to Kingston Police Headquarters, however, during that trip, the accused man with the outstanding warrant repeatedly head-butted the partition inside the police cruiser, causing damage. That man, a 41-year-old Kingston man, was charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000, theft under $5,000, mischief under $5,000, unlawful possession of a Schedule 1 substance, two counts of breach of recognizance, and breach of probation.
Additionally, a 49-year-old man and a 40-year-old man, both from Kingston, were each charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000.