St. Catharines, Pelham and Niagara Falls men charged in multiple Timmies break and enters
Published February 1, 2022 at 10:53 am
Three men in Niagara Region have been charged with multiple break-and-enters after a rash of Tim Hortons outlets were burgled.
Niagara Police had been investigating a number of break-ins that happened from January 21 to 29 throughout the Niagara Region in Fort Erie, Welland, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines.
On January 29, a Niagara Police officer spotted three men “acting suspiciously” in their car when the police concentrated on an area in the McLeod Road and Kalar Road area of Niagara Falls.
When he pulled over the car, he realized the three men matched the description of a trio that had broken into a Tim Hortons earlier that evening. There was evidence of that earlier break-and-enter in the car, Niagara Police said.
The police estimated that the take from the various break-ins was more than $10,000.
John Michael Lenik, 59, of Fenwick (Pelham) has been charged with attempt to commit an indictable offence, break and enter and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
Kevin Michael Boutilier, 42, of Niagara Falls has charged with attempt to commit an indictable offence, break and enter and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
Lenik and Boutilier were also charged in relation to a break and enter to a Welland Petro Canada where a stolen pick-up truck was used to rip an ATM from the convenience store area.
Franco Lascal, 52, of St. Catharines has charged with attempt to commit an indictable offence and break and enter.
Lascala was released with a future court date. Lenik and Boutilier were both held in custody for a video bail hearing yesterday and remain in custody.
Anyone who may have information about these incidents is asked to contact detectives by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, 1022200.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising