Police recover cache of stolen property in Highlands East
By Jenn Watt
Two residents of Highlands East have been charged with a variety of offences following the recovery of stolen items worth $80,000.
The OPP East Region’s street crime unit executed warrants at a residence on Squirrel Lane on June 11 and 18, recovering stolen property including ATVs, watercraft, kayaks, generators, a hot tub, electronics, power and hand tools and a picnic table.
Police are now beginning to sift through the property.
“The leg-work is just beginning in terms of finding out where all the items came from and to make arrangements to get it back to the rightful owners,” said Bill Dickson, media relations co-ordinator for the OPP East Region.
Along with the stolen items, police also found crystal methamphetamine.
A 35-year-old man from Highlands East has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, careless storage and unauthorized possession of a firearm, and possession of a Schedule 1 substance, among other things.
A 69-year-old woman from Highlands East has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, careless storage and unauthorized possession of a firearm.
Dickson said he could not give specifics on the investigation, but confirmed it had been ongoing “for some time.”
The accused were in custody prior to their appearance at the Ontario Court of Justice via video on June 22.
Those who think their property may have been among those recovered from this incident can call the Bancroft OPP at 613-332-2112.