A 42-year-old Saugeen Shores man is facing a slew of charges following an in-depth police investigation into a rash of Break, Enter and Thefts throughout Saugeen Shores.
In an email media release to 98 The Beach (Bayshore Broadcasting News), Saugeen Shores Police Inspector, Ken McCulloch, says an officer out on patrol noticed a man riding what they believed to be stolen bicycle on October 16th, 2017.
The man was arrested and later confessed to a number of break and enters around town.
Police were able to recover a number of stolen items with help from the suspect.
The items were hidden and/or stashed in bushes in various locations along community trails, like the Parkwood Drive in Port Elgin and some up in the Mill Ridge area, according to Inspector Ken McCulloch.
"What the person was doing was taking the stolen property and then stashing it close by with the plan to go back to it later," says McCulloch.
Those items included generators, power tools, electronics, air compressors, and various types of yard equipment.
McCulloch says the incidents began in early fall and continued up until mid October, spanning a one month period at minimum.
"The break and enters started in September and the majority of the ones that we've dealt with occurred in the first half of October," notes McCulloch.
While a number of the items have been returned to their rightful owners, some items have still to be claimed or returned.
The value of the stolen goods is pegged at more than $20,000.
The 42-year-old Saugeen Shores man, who has not been identified, faces a total of 31 charges including Break, Enter and Theft and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.
At this time, police say there are no other suspects, as they believe the man was working alone.
Police are still working to return some items to their rightful owners.
Anyone who may feel they've been victimized or targeted by the recent string of break, enter and thefts or is missing something of value, is asked to contact Saugeen Shores Police at (510) 832-9200.