Stolen power tools turn up online for sale; Scarborough man arrested


Published March 28, 2024 at 1:16 pm

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A Scarborough man is in custody after an investigation into thefts from construction sites around Durham Region between February and March of 2024.

The suspect was caught after he listed the stolen items on Facebook Marketplace in an attempt to sell them.

Between February and March of 2024, the suspect was observed entering construction and new development sites, stealing various construction tools, police say. The suspect then listed the tools for sale on Facebook Marketplace.

Members of Durham Police’s West Division Criminal Investigations Branch, with the assistance of West Division officers, took the suspect into custody without incident on Wednesday.

A search warrant was also executed at his storage unit, where about $200,000 worth of stolen power tools, site generators and industrial equipment were discovered.

Andrew Hausman, 34, is charged with two counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and two counts of trafficking in property obtained by crime.

He was released on an Undertaking.

Anyone with video footage, dash cam footage or information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Smith of the West Division Criminal Investigations Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2562.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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