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Trio charged over thefts


Three people face charges stemming from an ongoing joint police investigation into several property crimes in Kenora.

During the week of Jan. 10, the Kenora OPP received a number of reports of property crimes at businesses in the city.

It was reported that a large amount of tools, industrial supplies, and several computers were taken from the businesses.

During the course of the investigation, other unreported property-related crimes were discovered by police.

On Jan. 15, as a result of the investigation, police arrested a man and a woman in the Lakeside area of Kenora.

Following the arrests, police located and seized a large amount of property that was determined to have been obtained through criminal acts on four different businesses.

On Jan. 18, a third person was arrested in connection to the crimes.

The value of the recovered property is estimated to be about $10,000.

A 26-year-old Kenora man faces 14 charges, including fraud under $5,000 (nine counts), possession of property obtained by crime (two counts), and break, enter, and commit an indictable offence (two counts).

He also was charged with possession of a Schedule I substance.

He has been held pending a bail hearing.

A 27-year-old Kenora woman was charged with possession of property obtained by crime.

She is scheduled to appear in court in Kenora on Feb. 8.

As well, a 28-year-old Kenora man was charged with possession of property obtained by crime and possession of a Schedule I substance.

He also is to appear in court on Feb. 8.

The investigation is ongoing and some property remains outstanding.

The OPP would like to remind the public and business owners to report all property crimes, regardless of value, as they can be a small piece of a larger investigation.

It also is important to remember that buying property that appears to be obtained through crime can result in the purchaser facing charges under the Criminal Code.

The OPP would like to thank the public for their assistance in this investigation.

Anyone with information about it, or any other crime, is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222 TIPS (8477).

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