On Wednesday January 13, 2021, just before 10:30 am, members from the Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were notified of a 2019 white Hyundai SUV that was reported stolen from a dealership in Ajax.
The vehicle was left running while the owner went into the dealership allowing the thief to easily steal the SUV from the location. The fob for the vehicle was in possession of the owner at the time it was stolen.
Officers observed the vehicle matching the descriptors travelling eastbound on Highway 401 near Cobourg. Responding OPP units utilized the rolling block method to effectively stop the vehicle safely on Highway 401 east of Grafton at approximately 10:45 am.
Laprince Samuel Thomas (age 25) from Oshawa, Ontario was arrested and charged with:
- Failure to comply with undertaking ( 2 counts)
- Theft over $5,000 of a motor vehicle
- Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing on January 14, 2021 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cobourg but has since been released.
Photo courtesy of Northumberland OPP