(KIRKLAND LAKE, ON) – On September 12, 2019, members of the Kirkland Lake Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of numerous mischief’s and thefts from motor vehicles on Wishman Avenue in the Town of Kirkland Lake.
The police investigation lead to the arrest of 23-year-old Brandon HARRINGTON, from Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Further investigation revealed that the accused was wanted on an outstanding warrant for failing to attend court. As a result the accused he has been charged with the following offences:
- Mischief – Destroys or Damages Property (two counts), contrary to section 430(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC),
- Theft Under $5,000., contrary to section 334(b) of the CC, and
- Fail to Attend Court, contrary to section 145(2)(b) of the CC.
The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Kirkland Lake, on October 31, 2019.
A “Car Hopper” is someone who prowls around neighbourhoods, lurking up to unsuspecting vehicles, checking if the doors are unlocked. If the doors are unlocked, these scum will ransack the vehicle, taking anything they believe to be of value. Should the doors not be locked, some of them will smash out a window if they see something of significant value inside the vehicle. This specific type of crime is often driven by out of control drug addictions.
Crime prevention is an important part of what members of the Kirkland Lake OPP Detachment do and they want to remind the public that it is a responsibility we all share.
Remember: Don’t be an easy victim.
Don’t fall victim to a crime of opportunity, bring in your valuables, lock your car doors and lock your house and out buildings. The public can learn more about preventing thefts on the OPP website at www.opp.ca and reading about the SafeGuard Ontario Property Security Program.