The Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police was called to a report of a suspicious male looking into vehicle on Rolph Street at approximately 11:12 p.m. on Monday May 29.
Police attended and were given a description of the male suspect who was chased off by the homeowner. The male then fled the area on a bicycle. Police continued to search the area with negative results.
At approximately 11:47 p.m. OPP responded to a break-in to a shed on North Street. While at scene police discovered both vehicles in the driveway were entered.
Through investigation several more vehicle entries were discovered by police and owners were notified. At two locations where a break-in or theft occurred, OPP recovered two abandoned bicycles which appeared to be left behind by the suspect.
At approximately 4:07 a.m. OPP located a suspicious male riding a bicycle on North Street. The male was stopped and as a result he was arrested in relation to the rash of vehicle and shed break and enters.
At this time, there are 20 theft/break-ins reported, which included North Street, Robin Road, Rolph Street, Falcon Drive, Beckett Boulevard, Owl Drive and Herford Street.
OPP have charged Steven Wood, 27, of Eden (Elgin County) with the following Criminal Code offences: Break and Enter a place - with intent to commit an indictable offence; Possession of Property Obtained by Crime - under $5,000; and Theft under $5,000.
OPP are still looking to speak to anyone who may have had their vehicle or shed entered overnight and have not yet reported it to police. Also if residents locate any property that does not belong to them please call police to report it.
Please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 519-688-6540. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or www.oxfordcrimestoppers.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. You can also access the OPP Citizen Self Reporting online at www.opp.ca/reporting.
OPP would also like to thank the residents who called in for being vigilant in recognizing suspicious people or vehicles that were in their neighborhood. It is important for this information to get to police when the suspects are still in the area.
When In Doubt - Call And Have Police Check It Out!