Orangeville police investigating three break and enters

February 28, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Mike Baker

The Orangeville Police Service (OPS) is investigating three separate break-ins at local businesses that occurred within an hour of one another early on Friday morning (Feb. 22). 

At approximately 6:10 a.m. two suspects broke into Popeye’s Chicken, located at 98 First Street. The pair entered the restaurant through the facility’s backdoor. OPS says “a quantity of cash” was taken before the suspects fled the scene.

The first suspect is described as a white female, medium to heavy build, approximately 5’5” tall, dark hair and wearing tall winter boots, dark coloured pants, dark coloured jacket with a hood and a plaid scarf.

The second suspect is described as a male, slim build, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” tall and wearing a dark coloured hoodie, light coloured jeans, dark coloured high top running shoes and a back pack. Both suspects were wearing gloves. 

The suspects were believed to have been operating a late model cobalt blue Toyota Corolla. The vehicle may have been parked in the area behind Midas Muffler or Tim Hortons.

Then, at 6:45 a.m., police received a rear door alarm call at the Carter’s Oshkosh store located at 95 First Street. Police say entry was, again, made through the rear door of the business. Nothing was taken from the store.

At approximately 7:07 a.m. a lone male smashed the front glass door of the Jungle Oasis Children’s Indoor Playground, located at 695 Riddell Road. According to an OPS report, the man entered the facility and immediately made his way to the cash register area. The suspect departed the building back through the broken front door with a quantity of cash. The suspect is believed the be the same male involved in the Popeye’s Chicken incident.

Police are continuing their investigation and are asking anyone who has further information regarding these incidents to contact OPS at 519-941-2522. 

Firearms stolen

Dufferin OPP are currently investigating a break and enter into a trailer on Highway 10 just north of Orangeville.

The provincial force were contacted on Monday morning (Feb. 25) and were advised that several items, including three firearms, had been stolen from an enclosed storage trailer at some point over the past two weeks.

Police are currently looking for suspects and would like to ask anyone with information to contact Dufferin OPP at 1-888-310-1122. 

OPP costing

At Tuesday’s (Feb. 26) regular meeting of the Orangeville Police Services Board, local Mayor Sandy Brown provided a brief update on the municipality’s request for a new OPP costing.

“Our five-member team met with OPP officials a week or so ago and we were told how the process of the costing will occur,” Mayor Brown said. “We were told the OPP will provide a costing, likely, by May. Then, there will be a full and open debate on all matters of policing in Orangeville.”

Mayor Brown confirmed no further meetings with the OPP would be scheduled, noting the next correspondence the town has with the provincial force will likely come at an upcoming Town Council meeting, when the costing will be presented. 

Back in 2017, Orangeville’s previous Council decided against transitioning to the provincial service, that despite claims from Town CAO Ed Brennan and former Treasurer Marc Villeneuve that the municipality could, eventually, experience savings of up to $4.3 million per year. OPS’ 2019 budget came in at a shade under $10 million, while the local force expects to collect just under $2 million in revenues.

Speeding charge in Amaranth

Last Thursday (Feb. 21), an officer from Dufferin OPP pulled over a vehicle on Veterans Way travelling at 120 km/h – double the posted speed limit of 60 km/h.

The vehicle driver, a 33-year-old man from Nichol Township, was charged with stunt driving. The driver was also found to have obstructed the windows, provided no proof of insurance as well as having expired license plates.

The driver received a 7-day license suspension and his vehicle was seized for seven days as a result of the stunt driving charge. He will appear in Orangeville court on March 27.

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