UPDATE: Man charged after weekend break-and-enter targets four different Welland businesses

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Published May 19, 2022 at 10:08 am

UPDATE: Niagara Police have charged a man connected to the below story.

After finding property from the hair salon and immigration business, Michael Lucas Rensen, 28, of Welland was charged with five count of break and enter with intent, two counts of break and enter a non-dwelling, two counts of possession property obtained by crime and five counts of failing to comply with probation.

Niagara Police are trying to piece together a weekend break-and-enter at a Welland plaza that saw four different businesses targeted.

On May 15, officers were called to a report of multiple break-and-enters at a plaza at 17 East Main Street in Welland.

Their investigation revealed that a contractor working on site discovered that an exterior entrance door had been damaged and then once inside, four businesses were targeted by thieves.

Two of the businesses were entered by the thieves and showed signs of forced entry and damage.  The time of the robberies were pinned down to sometime between May 14 at 9 pm and May 15 at 12:15 am.

Suspects broke into a tattoo business, a marketing business, an immigration business and a hair salon, breaking into the later two and accessing the others.

Damage to the businesses doors and interiors is estimated at $4,000.  Where suspects gained entry, they ransacked the interior, stealing a laptop, Iphone, digital camera, and Xbox gaming system (eight games).

The police believe that two suspects were responsible.

Suspect One was wearing a gray hoodie with a black backpack and a hood up over his head. Suspect Two was wearing a dark coloured hoodie, also with his hood up over his head,

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call 905-688-4111, extension 1023300.

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