Two individuals from Amherstview charged after vehicle break-ins, use of weapons

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After a number of vehicles in Amherstview were broken into last week, police investigating the matter found those behind the break-ins were also involved in criminal offences in other jurisdictions.

The multi-jurisdictional investigation began after the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received multiple reports of vehicles that had been broken into in Amherstview. According to the OPP, officers responded to a report that multiple vehicles at a single address on Amherst Drive on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. Those break-ins resulted in a number of items being stolen from the vehicles, including debit and credit cards, police said in a press release on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.

Police were then able to identify two suspects through surveillance footage, after an attempt was made to use the stolen cards.

Two days later, an incident in South Frontenac County would lead police to find those suspects involved in other crimes. Members of the Frontenac County OPP responded to a report of shots being fired at a moving vehicle in South Frontenac.

“Investigation later revealed that the weapon used had been an air pistol, and that the suspects were the same as those from the vehicle break-ins days prior,” the OPP said.

In response to inquiries from Kingstonist, Const. Brianna Raison, Media Relations Officer for the OPP East Region shared that the shooting incident occurred on Battersea Road. Raison also confirmed that no one was injured during the incident. OPP officers were not able to arrest the suspects at the time, as they’d fled the area prior to police arrival and were not located.

The following day, L&A County OPP officers on general patrol observed the suspect’s vehicle at a business in Loyalist Township. The two suspects from both the break-in and air pistol shooting incidents were arrested at that time, according to the OPP. The suspects and vehicle were subsequently searched as part of the investigation, and officers seized the following:

  • Approximately 0.5 grams of fentanyl
  • Two air pistols
  • A baton
  • Bear spray
  • A butterfly knife
  • A spring-assisted knife
  • Various drug paraphernalia
  • Break-in instruments
  • Stolen debit, credit, and identification cards

As a result, the two suspects were charged as follows.

Stephanie Neddow, 31, of Amherstview was charged with:

  • Discharging an air gun or pistol with intent (endangering life)
  • Use of an imitation firearm while committing an offence
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Possession of an imitation weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Two counts of possession of a prohibited device for a dangerous purpose
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • Possession of break-in instruments
  • Unauthorized use of a credit card
  • Possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking (fentanyl)

Aaron Rosenstein, 30, of Amherstview was charged with:

  • Discharging an air gun or pistol with intent (endangering life)
  • Use of an imitation firearm while committing an offence
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Possession of an imitation weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Possession of a prohibited device for a dangerous purpose
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • Possession of break-in instruments
  • Unauthorized use of a credit card
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking (fentanyl)
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance (methamphetamine)

Both individuals were held in custody pending bail hearings, the OPP said, however, police did not disclose the results of those hearings.

Kingstonist reached out to the East Region OPP for information on the amount of methamphetamine seized in this investigation, but response was not immediately received by time of publication.

Kingstonist will update this article if/when more information becomes available.

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