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Thefts, break-ins reported at four County businesses

Prince Edward County OPP are investigating four break and enters to businesses – three in Picton and one in Wellington.

Between Tuesday, Dec, 17 at approximately 7 p.m. and Wednesday Dec. 18 at approximately 8:30 a.m. culprits entered the businesses through a variety of methods.

PEC OPP media relations officer Aaron Miller said a black Casio cash register with approximately $275 cash was taken from one location. At another location, approximately $2,000 was taken.

The OPP’s Forensic Identification S ervices Unit (FISU) attended to assist with this investigation.

Const. Miller said it’s not known if these incidents are connected.

“Officers will continue their investigation regarding these thefts and are asking Prince Edward County residents to be vigilant of any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods and report to police.”

OPP are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the OPP Provincial Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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  1. TS says:

    We received a swift response. The local OPP detachment attended immediately, and promptly to assist and investigate.
    They were humble and sensitive in their approach, given the way our matter was handled at the communications centre.
    Our local PEC detachment has made good on their word. The response we received leads me to believe this is a “one off” and I have been reassured the OPP will do their own internal follow up investigation at the comm centre. Since our complaint was dropped at the call centre, the local detachment had no knowledge of it until I sent a follow up to the mayor and Picton ward councilors.
    As far as the property damages go, we now have a formal police report, an investigation is continuing and details of the incident have been documented for our insurance company. Thanks to the PEC OPP for their professionalism and tact in responding when they found out how we were treated by the comm centre. And thanks to the mayor and councilors for proving their follow through.

  2. Susan says:

    Latest breakin at the Acoustic Grill, New Years Eve. The old Picton Police Department used to have constant patrols thru the night. Not anymore.

  3. Dennis Fox says:

    TS – if you can, could you keep us posted as to what kind of response you receive from the people you have mentioned? As you can guess, this situation you find yourself in is of interest to the entire community. It is a problem no one should have to experience. GOOD LUCK!

  4. TS says:

    Thanks Dennis. I’ve sent an email off to the mayor and both Picton councillors for follow up. The whole situation is unbelievable.

  5. Dennis Fox says:

    To TS – sorry to hear about your experience. 4 days later and still no response from the police? That’s disgraceful and a waste of our tax dollars! I think if I were you, I would make an “official” complaint to both the OPP and to Shire Hall. Our Council has representation on the Police Board and I would raise a bit of dust over this. If this is the kind of police response we can expect – then it just isn’t good enough. Maybe we need to start looking at other alternatives – like going back to a County force? The cost of policing under the OPP has grown greatly, and yet the service has diminished.

  6. TS says:

    Our business was heavily vandalized overnight Sunday Dec 29th. Upon arrival at the shop on York St early Monday morning, several vehicles were heavily damaged, parts broken off and scattered on area streets. Another vehicle was broken into and crashed into the building. We called the police, but they had other business to attend to – rightfully so because of the bad weather and road conditions. So we waited patiently. Later in the day we’re told the police won’t be attending to take a statement or pictures, that it’s not necessary. Doesn’t matter that we need this information for our insurance carrier. Nonetheless, here we are, four days later, and no sign of police, no follow up and investigation. Just a whole lot of damage and we’ll be eating the cost for it. To repeat what the police told us “It’s not like we have a forensics unit like CSI who are going to show up and examine everything or take fingerprints”. We deserve better. The county needs to check in with the police services board to follow up. Left feeling vulnerable and violated, makes me wonder if they expect we take matters into our own hands.

  7. Graham C says:

    I agree – we never get enough info. How can we possibly help. But AGAIN I say cameras cameras cameras….🤔

  8. Dennis Fox says:

    I agree – just what kind of help do the police expect from the public, when so little information is shared with them? All I know is that 4 robberies took place, in Picton and Wellington at some businesses and that the Forensic Identification S service was called to help out. Big deal – anyone know what this is?

  9. Mike Rodgers says:

    Would you not think business name, location and time of incident would help?This information might jog peoples memory if they were near these places at time of incident.

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