Peterborough OPP – SAWED OFF RIFLE, STOLEN PROPERTY AND DRUGS LOCATED DURING TRAFFIC STOP

Members of the Peterborough County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a vehicle for a Highway Traffic Act offence on Lansdowne Street West at approximately 12:30am on March 28, 2021. Investigation revealed that the vehicle had been stolen from a City of Peterborough residence on March 20, 2021 and matched the description of a vehicle involved in a series of break and enters in Peterborough County. A sawed off rifle, stolen property and illicit drugs were located during a search of the vehicle. (See attached photos)

Lucan WATTERS (age 43) of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

• Possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order

• Possession property obtained by crime-over $5000

• Break, enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence

• Knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm

• Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was firearm

• Possession of a Schedule I substance-opioid

Phillip SIMPSON (age 39) of Otonabee-South Monaghan Township was arrested and charged with:

• Possession property obtained by crime-over $5000

• Break, enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence

• Knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm

• Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was firearm

• Possession of a Schedule I substance-opioid

The accused are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Peterborough on May 6, 2021

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