The efforts of two people to unlawfully gain entry to a residence in Loyalist Township have been thwarted after police were contacted regarding a possible break and enter in progress.
The incident occurred on Saturday, Jul 16, 2022, when members of the Lennox and Addington (L&A) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to the call at a Taylor Kidd Boulevard residence, where the possible break-in was occurring. Upon arrival, those officers, with the assistance of the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP Canine Unit, were able to contain the area and then locate the two suspects “a short time later,” the L&A OPP relayed on Monday, Jul. 18, 2022.
As a result, Jesse Gornall, 46, and Malinda Debassige, 39, both of Tyendinaga, were arrested and jointly charged with:
- Two counts of breaking and entering with the intent to commit an indictable offence
- Possession of break-in instruments
- Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
- Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
While the OPP could not immediately divulge what type of weapon was involved in the incident(s), the L&A OPP Detachment confirmed that both Gornall and Debassige were charged with the offence.
Both parties were later released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee in September 2022.