(NORTHERN ONTARIO) – In what could be interpreted as a travelling crime spree, a “road trip crime wave”, a number of suspects involved have been arrested.
A victim of the crime tells us that they have been told the suspects were arrested. They were alleged to have been traveling west and committing thefts and fraud along the way.
Information we have gathered first shows their crimes show up on our radar in White River, Ontario. Then again in Lake Helen First Nation, Nipigon, then Thunder Bay. The suspects had police hot on their tail.
Sources indicate that spike belts were used to disable the two getaway vehicles, both being trucks, and that a foot chase may have happened. All suspects involved in the crime wave are believed to be in custody now. The arrests happened near Ignace, Ontario. Both vehicles left the roadway after successful spike belts.
The groups pattern appeared to be car hopping in various towns and obtaining valuable items as well as stolen credit and debit cards. They would then make purchases with the stolen financial cards before fleeing to the next town. At least one store in White River was hit, another in Nipigon, Wal Mart on Dawson in Thunder Bay had items straight-up stolen and more.
An undetermined but large number of cars and homes across the north shore of Lake Superior fell victim to this group of criminals. Anyone who was victimized is encouraged to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 and report the crime, no matter if you feel something is missing or not. Below is a video TRCC News obtained showing one of the suspects using a stolen credit card in Nipigon.
The suspects are likely going to be held in police custody pending a morning bail court appearance.
This is a developing story and we will update you as more information becomes available.