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OPP arrest man in relation to honour box thefts at road side stands

UPDATE: Prince Edward County Detachment and the East Region Community Street Crime Unit have charged a 43-year-old Picton man with two counts under the Criminal Code (theft under $5,000) in relation to a series of thefts reported from road side farm stands in the County.

Const. Richard Martin reports the accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Prince Edward County on Sept. 29, 2021.

AUG. 23: Prince Edward County OPP are continuing investigations into a rash of thefts from ‘honour’ cash boxes at roadside stands this week.

Constable Richard Martin, media relations officer, said police encourage victims to report any similar thefts which may have occurred at their establishments.

Roadside stand and business owners have been using social media over the past few days to report thefts and warn others to keep watch.

Sunnydale Farms noted it informed police after its cash box was broken and money stolen twice on the same day. They shared a photograph of a suspect vehicle with police. Ben’s Blooms PEC also reported its small farm stand was broken into, as did Green Ridge Farms and Waupoos Tarts.

Westlake Wakeboard School commented on posts adding that their safe was broken into and almost $4,000 in tools stolen, right after an entire safe was removed from Hideaway Trailer Park.

Prince Edward OPP also seek the public’s assistance to identify a person of interest.

“Investigation revealed that a culprit entered the first business near midnight, Friday night on Aug. 13 and the second business shortly afterward. The individual caused damage, stole cash and tools.” Martin notes that investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the OPP Belleville Forensic Identification Unit.

“The suspect was caught on video and can be described as wearing track pants with PUMA logo down the left leg and Under Armour branded shoes. (Photo will be added as soon as it is available)

People with information may contact the Prince Edward County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may submit a tip to Crime Stoppers at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca

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