(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On December 5th, 2019, once again hardworking officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) responded to a call for service that reported a car hopper was in the 400 block of Dufferin Street.
Witnesses said that they seen a suspect rapidly going from car to car and checking the car handles. “Car hoppers” go from car to car checking for vehicles that are left unlocked. When they find a vehicle that was left unlocked, they will steal anything they find of value and often sell it off for drugs.
Further, a witness said that they seen the suspect enter a truck and remain inside it, searching and lurking for sometime. The suspect then fled the vehicle and continued to lurk other vehicles as well as appearing to search around homes.
After a brief foot pursuit an officer arrested the suspect without further incident in the zero-to-100 block of High Street South.
Police have arrested and detained 23-year-old Simon Evan Angeconeb, who was the subject of a missing person report lately. He was held in police custody pending a court appearance. Angeconeb made his court appearance this morning in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom via video link from the TBPS station on Balmoral Street.
Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon was presiding along with Crown Attorney Derrick “The HAMMER” Silvestro and the talented duty counsel lawyer Stella Vallelungo. Angeconeb is facing the following charges:
- Tresspass at night.
- Breaching probation order made on December 6th, 2018 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
- Possession of stolen property (prescription medication).
The Crown says that they are recommending the release of Angeconeb on a $500 non-deposit, no surety recognizance release. The proposed conditions are:
- Report your address within 24 hours of being released.
- Curfew of 9:00 pm to 7:00 am.
- Report weekly to the TBPS.
- Not to contact 4 people.
- Not to be within 100 meters of anywhere those four people live, work, goto school or otherwise frequent.
Court hears that Angeconeb lives at the Salvation Army and they have a curfew of 5:00 pm. The Crown pushes for the curfew to be changed from 9:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Vallelungo opposed this change and stated that Angeconeb can and may stay at other residences and that he would just have to report his change of address to police. Silvestro presses the court to make the curfew 5:00 pm and adds “He’s car hopping after 5:00 pm” among other valid reasons to have a 5:00 pm curfew. The Justice of the Peace agrees with Vallelungo and keeps the condition at 9:00 pm.
Further, court hears that Angeconeb has a number of convictions which include assault with a weapon, breaching bail conditions and breaching probation orders.
Angeconeb is granted release from police custody today and is ordered to return to court on December 31st, 2019.