Police in Stratford, Ont. have laid a number of charges against a man after a slew of thefts from motor vehicles last weekend.
The 31-year old man, from Stratford, faces 17 criminal charges ranging from night prowling to theft under $5,000.
According to police, the man was first arrested Sept. 28th at Walmart and charged with theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property and breach of probation: he was released with conditions.
Last Sunday, police responded to a report of a male going through parked motor vehicles, locating him in a driveway in possession of stolen property.
“During the arrest officers located electronics and personal documentation including a GPS, health card, SIN (card), and two credit cards belonging to the victims,” a statement from the Stratford police department read. “Further investigation revealed an iPod, loose change, a wallet containing multiple credit cards from various victims, and a pair of bolt cutters. Officers also located a bag containing items from a local grocery store. Officers spoke with staff at the grocery store and were advised that the accused attempted to use one of the stolen credit cards to purchase food items.”
The accused, who police have not named, was charged with two counts of theft under $5,000, six counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, three counts of breach of probation, one count of prowl by night, two counts of failure to comply with conditions, and two counts of unlawful use of a credit card.
He is in custody pending a bail hearing.
“In all cases above the accused entered the victims unlocked motor vehicles where personal effects including wallets and purses were taken,” police said. “The Stratford Police Service is reminding everyone to please ensure your motor vehicles are locked at all times and that your belongings are hidden out of sight when your vehicle is unattended.”