A Kingston man who involved in a series of crimes throughout the first half of November has been arrested and charged, mainly thanks to the diligence of observant citizens.
The bizarre chain of criminal activity began on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, when the accused man entered the office of a gas station on Princess Street and stole a laptop. A warrant was issued for the man’s arrest due to the theft.
Less than a week later on Friday, Nov. 9, “an observant citizen” saw the accused man driving a vehicle from a local car dealership. Suspicious that the accused man had stolen the vehicle, the citizen contacted the dealership, according to a press release from Kingston Police.
The vehicle was, in fact, stolen from the dealership. According to police, the accused man had previously gone to the dealership and stolen the keys to the vehicle while “pretending to show interest in buying the vehicle.” He then returned at a later date and, with the keys to the vehicle in his possession, he stole the vehicle he’d feigned interest in earlier. Another warrant was issued for his arrest.
Then, on Thursday, Nov. 15, the complainant from the theft at the gas station saw the accused man at a mall on Gardiners Road. The complainant contacted police, and responding officers located the accused man in the parking lot.
The accused man was arrested on the warrants, and police also determined that the accused had taken a vehicle without consent from his family home on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
The 24-year-old local man is now facing charges of taking a motor vehicle without consent, theft, theft of a motor vehicle, and possession of property obtained by crime.