Stolen pickup leads to charges for Mississauga resident, two others

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Published February 27, 2024 at 10:27 am

Stolen pickup truck leads to arrest of Mississauga resident and two others.

A Mississauga resident is among three people charged after a commercial pickup truck was stolen in Midland in what police say is an ongoing rash of thefts targeting both homes and vehicles.

South Georgian Bay OPP said in a news release late Monday that the pickup truck was stolen from the parking lot of a recreation and sports centre at about 9:30 p.m. last Friday night.

Later that night, police on another call spotted the stolen vehicle at a location in Penetanguishene, just northwest of Midland.

As three people stepped out of the pickup, one was arrested while the other two fled on foot, police said. A second person was arrested inside a nearby home a short time afterwards while a third person was apprehended by police later in the evening.

OPP said the vehicle theft was the latest in a series of similar “crimes of opportunity” in Midland, located northwest of Barrie, and Penetanguishene.

“Recently, officers have responded to several calls for service relating to personal property being stolen during the nighttime hours from unlocked vehicles and residences in the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene,” police said in the news release.

“It seems be a regular occurrence for officers to receive a report of a vehicle entry or a series of entries only to learn the vehicles were left unlocked or locked with valuables left out in plain sight causing a forced entry and theft. These types of thefts can lead to the loss of credit cards and other pieces of personal identification which can be used in fraud-related occurrences.”

Candace Brush, 28, of Mississauga, Alan Monague, 48, of Christian Island (west of Midland) and Christopher Robin MacLeod, 49, of Midland, are each charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Monague is also charged with obstruct a peace officer while Brush faces additional charges of possession of an identity document and of a credit card.

All three will appear in court in the coming months.

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