Police in the rural area east of Peterborough, Ont., have arrested and charged two men and two women they claim were part of a theft ring targeting trucks, trailers and recreational vehicles.
Ontario Provincial Police from five detachments — Peterborough County, Northumberland County, Quinte West, Central Hastings and Bancroft — worked together to investigate a series of thefts in the region.
Earlier this week, they arrested two men and recovered three pickup trucks, 10 trailers, five boats, three all-terrain vehicles and five snowmobiles.
Police charged two men from Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township, a rural area about a 30-minute drive east of Peterborough.
A 32-year-old man has been charged with:
- Twenty-two counts of theft of property over $5,000.
- Four counts of theft of a vehicle over $5,000.
- Two counts of break and enter theft over $5,000.
- Nineteen counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
The other accused, a 38-year-old man, is charged with:
- Sixteen counts of theft of property over $5,000.
- One count of theft of a vehicle over $5,000.
- Ten counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
Two others, a 38-year-old woman from Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township and a 28-year-old woman from Trent Hills, Ont., both face a total of five counts of possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000.
Police said the value of the vehicles and trailers seized is more than $350,000, and say they are still looking for some missing property.