A call from a witness reporting a theft in progress led to arrests and charges for a man and woman who were attempting to steal copper wire at a business in the west end of the city.
The witness called Kingston Police at approximately 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2019 and reported that two individuals had been observed on security video inside the fenced compound of the business. The pair were attempting to steal copper wire, the witness reported.
Responding officers located the accused man inside the compound. When confronted by police, the accused fled on foot, attempting to exit the compound through a hole that had been cut in the perimeter fencing of the compound. Police were able to quickly arrest the accused man at approximately 4:09 a.m. Upon searching the accused man, police found bolt cutters in his possession. A second pair of bolt cutters was found leaning against the fence nest to the hole cut in the fence.
Police then observed a vehicle in the immediate area where the accused man was arrested, and saw the accused woman sitting in the front seat. The accused woman was arrested at approximately 4:13 a.m. after police found two coils of copper wire in the back seat of the vehicle.
The 32-year-old local man was charged with breaking and entering and committing theft during the indictable offence, and possession of items obtained by crime under $5,000, possession of break-in tools, and breach of probation.
The 34-year-old local female was charged with breaking and entering and committing theft during the indictable offence, and possession of items obtained by crime under $5,000.