OPP LOCATE STOLEN ATV AND FIREARMS DURING SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTION FOLLOWING BREAK AND ENTER

Members of the Peterborough County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a break and enter to a residence on Clare Newhams Road at approximately 1:00pm on August 18, 2021. The victim reported that an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), a chainsaw and a gun safe which contained five long guns had been stolen. 

An investigation involving members from the Peterborough/Northumberland Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Peterborough County OPP and East Region Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) resulted in a suspect being identified. A Criminal Code search warrant was granted to search the suspect’s property and dwelling located on McGill Street in Marmora and Lake, Ontario. 

On August 19, 2021 members from the Peterborough/Northumberland CSCU with the assistance of East Region OCEB and East Region CSCU executed a Criminal Code search warrant at the McGill Street property. The suspect was arrested without incident and investigators recovered four stolen long guns from within the residence. Further investigation revealed that a second suspect was involved in the break and enter and theft. The second suspect was located and arrested in an adjacent apartment. The suspect voluntarily turned over the fifth stolen long gun which they had stored within the apartment. The stolen safe, ATV and chainsaw were located a short distance away on an associate’s property. 

Matthew FRENCH (age 30) of Marmora and Lake, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

• Possession of Property obtained by crime over $5000

• Break and enter a place and steal a firearm

• Careless storage of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition

• Unauthorized possession of a firearm

• Break, enter a place – commit indictable offence

The accused was held in custody and appeared for a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Peterborough on August 20, 2021.

Jayson DOW-WEST (age 24) of North Kawartha Township, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

• Possession of Property obtained by crime over $5000 

• Break and enter a place and steal a firearm

• Careless storage of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition

• Unauthorized possession of a firearm

• Break, enter a place – commit indictable offence

• Possession of prohibited device or ammunition for dangerous purpose

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Peterborough on September 21, 2021.

Seized items from this investigation include:

• Five long guns

• Stihl chainsaw

• 2015 Yamaha Grizzly ATV

• Gun safe

• Prohibited knife

• Crossbow

• 2004 GMC pickup truck

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s