The quick thinking and action of an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer have resulted in the seizure of a stolen truck and camper trailer – as well as the arrest and charging of three individuals – in Frontenac County.
The OPP are crediting a member of their Snowmobile, ATV, and Vessel Enforcement (SAVE) team for the events, which occurred shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. The SAVE officer, conducting general patrol on Highway 7 in Frontenac County, spotted the truck and trailer combo and decided to run the licences plate from the truck through the police database, Frontenac OPP said in response to Kingstonist inquiries. The results showed that the truck had earlier been reported stolen, and the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
“A vehicle stop was attempted with a pick-up truck pulling a camper trailer,” the OPP said in a press release on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, noting that officers from the Frontenac County Detachment of the OPP assisted the SAVE officer in the operations.
“The driver initially fled from the officer, but the vehicle was safely stopped a short time later. Officers learned that both the truck and trailer were reported stolen.”
All three occupants of the vehicles were “safely arrested and charged” the traffic stop, at which time the stolen vehicles and their occupants were also searched.
As a result of the ensuing investigation, the following individual were charged, according to the OPP.
Marvin Belfry, 38, and David Grenier, 33, both of St. Catherines, were charged with:
- Two counts of possession of property obtained by crime worth over $5,000
- Possession of property obtained by crime worth under $5,000
- Possession of break-in instruments
- Possession of a Schedule 1 controlled substance – Methamphetamine
Belfy was further charged with:
- Failure to stop for police
- Driving while under suspension
Grenier was further charged with:
- Failure to comply with an undertaking
- Failure to comply with a release order
The third occupant of the vehicles, Aaron Martin, 36, of Welland, was charged with:
- Possession of a Schedule 1 substance – Methamphetamine
All three of the accused individuals are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston at a later date, according to the Frontenac OPP. The Frontenac OPP said they are unable to divulge where the truck and trailer were initially stolen from, as that matter is currently before the courts.