Two arrested after theft of $15,000 John Deere Gator from Pickering Museum Village

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Published April 12, 2022 at 11:46 am

Two arrested after theft of $15,000 John Deere Gator from Pickering Museum Village
Two men face charges after a John Deere Gator was stolen from the Pickering Museum Village.

Two men face charges after a John Deere Gator was stolen from the Pickering Museum Village.

The Gator, a utility vehicle, was taken from the museum on March 16. The Pickering Museum Village recorded the theft on through their surveillance cameras.

The Museum Village, for those unaware, is a “living history” museum meant to represent the early years of Pickering founding from 1810 to 1920. It is spread across several historical buildings at 2365 6th Concession Rd in Greenwood.

It’s current exhibition features the Canadian rum runners of the 1920s Prohibition era. School field trips have just returned to the site for student to explore their town’s history.

On April 9, nearly a month after the theft, a Durham Regional Police officer noticed smoke coming from a backyard roughly 9 km from the Museum Village.

Concerned the smoke may be from a fire, the officer stopped at the scene and noticed a Gator similar to the one taken from the museum.

Police secured a search warrant based on this evidence and recovered the Gator.

Two men from Pickering, one age 41 and the other age 64, have been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000.

 

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