(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Thunder Bay Police Service officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch arrested multiple suspects between 9 and 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3 while investigating several reported break and enters.
Officers first responded to a reported suspicious male who was trying to gain entry to a home in the 500 block of North Court Street.
Multiple officers searched the area and eventually located a male running into the backyard of a home in the 400 block of North Court Street. The suspect matched the descriptions of the earlier reported suspicious male. Further investigation revealed the male was in possession of property stolen from a home in the 500 block of North Court Street.
He was arrested without incident.
Meanwhile, at 9:28 a.m. that same day, officers were near the corner of Court and Powley Streets looking for a female reportedly involved in a break and enter at a home in the 500 block of North Court Street.
Police located a female suspect just before 9:45 a.m. at the corner of McCulloch and Court Streets. She was arrested and found to be in possession of stolen items from two reported break and enters.
Meanwhile, other officers were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of McCulloch Street just before 10 a.m. to search for another suspect involved in a reported break and enter in the area.
A female was observed in a residential backyard in the area. The suspect fled before officers arrived, but police followed footprints in the snow that led them to a shed on the property. A female matching the description of the suspect was located inside the shed. She was arrested following a brief struggle.
Robert Peter BUNDY, 30, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Being Unlawfully in a Dwelling, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000.
Mackenzie OGIMA, 18, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 and Failure to Comply with a Court Order.
Brittney Ann DOERFLINGER, 29, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Failure to Comply with a Court Order.
All three appeared in court Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. BUNDY and OGIMA were held in custody with future appearance dates. DOERFLINGER was released on an undertaking with a future appearance date.
Police continue to investigate a number of reported break and enters in these areas.
History on Doerflinger, article dated November 27, 2019:
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – In other news, officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service have arrested and detained 29-year-old Brittney Ann Doerflinger after a routine traffic stop. Upon executing the traffic stop, officers smelt alcohol and suspected drug use. A “Drug Recognition Expert” (DRE) arrived on location and believes she was also high.
Two previous incidents involving Doerflinger resulted in her being released from jail previously on certain bail conditions. One of those conditions was to not be outside of her house with alcohol in her system. She is alleged to have been high and had alcohol in her system during the traffic stop.
On August 9th, 2019, Doerflinger is alleged to have assaulted someone with a weapon and was also charged with mischief.
Swing it back to November 2018, Doerflinger alleged to have broken into a home and stolen a motor vehicle.
Doerflinger appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via video link from the Balmoral Street police station. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding along with Crown Attorney Emily Delaney and a duty counsel lawyer. Doerflinger is facing the following charges:
- Impaired operation of a conveyance.
- Breaching bail conditions (not to be outside of her residence with alcohol in her body).
- Assault with a weapon.
- Break and enter.
- Theft of a motor vehicle.
- Theft under $5000.
The Crown consents to the release of Doerflinger today, under a recognizance bail plan with a non-deposit of $200. The proposed conditions are:
- Reside at her mother’s house.
- Not to contact two people (alleged victims).
- Not to attend two addresses, one on Surprise Lake.
- Not to possess any weapons.
- Not to have care of control of a motor vehicle.
- Not to be outside of her home with alcohol in her body.
Doerflinger accepts the conditions and is ordered released from jail. She is scheduled to return to court at a future date to being answering to the charges laid against her.
None of the charges have been proven in court.
History on Bundy, article dated January 4th, 2020:
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On November 3rd, 2019, officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) engaged in an investigation that involved a stolen debit card being used fraudulently.
Another investigation was launched on December 18th, 2019 in which a home in the 500 block of Catherine Street was broken into and had items stolen from it.
On January 3rd, 2020 police believe the same suspect from the two previous investigations unlawfully entered a home in the 400 block of Cumberland Street North and stole various items not exceeding a $5000 value. Due to police investigation into these matters, 30-year-old Robert Peter Bundy has been arrested, charged, and was held in police custody pending a court appearance.
Bundy appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning via video link from the TBPS station located at 1200 Balmoral Street. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding along with Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock ’em UP!” VanKessel and talented criminal defence lawyer Robert Habjan acting as duty counsel.
Bundy is facing the following charges stemming from the three incidents:
- Unlawfully entering a dwelling house with intent to commit an indictable offence.
- Possession of stolen property under $5000.
- Break and enter a home and commit theft.
- Possession of a stolen debit card.
- Fraud under $5000.
Crown Attorney VanKessel tells the court that Bundy is in a Crown-onus situation and that they intend to show the courts why Bundy should be held in jail. A Crown-onus situation means that the burden is on the Crown to show why Bundy should be detained. Further, the Crown cites secondary and tertiary ground concerns regarding Bundy’s release. Secondary ground concerns mean that the Crown believes that Bundy, should he be released, is likely to re-offend, become a public safety concern, interfere with the administration of justice or a combination of the three. Tertiary ground concerns mean that the Crown believes that the public may lose confidence in the administration of justice should Bundy be released.
Court hears that Bundy has a list of repeated property offences and a history of police involvement. The Crown requests that Bundy not contact 4 people, one of them being someone police believe is connected to the thefts he is alleged to have been involved in.
Duty counsel Habjan tells the court that the sharp as a tack Kevin Matthews is Bundy’s lawyer of choice and that he will forward the information from today’s hearing to him.
Bundy is ordered to remain in jail and has his next court appearance set for Monday, January 6th, 2020.