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Police seek tips in theft


Members of the Rainy River District OPP are investigating a theft from a vehicle.

On Jan. 3 between 1 and 3 p.m., about $700 was stolen from a vehicle parked in the downtown area of Atikokan.

If you have any information about this theft, contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The public is reminded to lock their vehicles when they are not in use.

In other regional police news, on Dec. 28 around 10:55 p.m., members of the Marathon OPP and the Anishinabek Police Service responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Highway 627 in the Pic River First Nation/Heron Bay North area.

Police located a vehicle that had been travelling northbound on Highway 627. It had left the roadway trying to negotiate a curve, striking a hydro pole and severing it near the base, knocking out power in the area.

Police closed the roadway due to several electrical wires lying across it.

The driver of the motor vehicle was not at the scene when officers arrived.

The driver was located roughly 30 minutes after police arrived and was attended to by Marathon Emergency Medical Services.

He later was released with minor injuries.

The driver, identified as a 28-year-old male from Pic River First Nation, was charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident and careless driving.

The highway was closed for about three hours while Ontario Hydro secured the power lines.

Power was not fully restored in the area until 24 hours later.

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