Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), after a three week investigation, made an arrest in the Break-in at the St.Marys Mini Storage facility on James St. South which was reported to them on Aug. 25. Investigation revealed that sometime between the evening of Wednesday Aug. 24 and Thursday morning 8 a.m. an unknown culprit cut the back fence (north-west corner) and gained entry into the compound. Once inside, 24 storage unit locks were breached, entered and rummaged through. Five recreational camper/RV’s which were parked inside the compound were forcibly entered and searched through.
The culprit appeared to have left the property through the same hole in the fence, where a four wheeled ATV was used to leave the scene. Tracks of the ATV indicated that it proceeded south towards Elginfield Road and drove parallel to it in a westerly direction. It crossed the railway track and continued westbound on the north side of Elginfield Road. Just before reaching Water Street the ATV crossed Elginfield Road and drove in the direction of Wellburn Road where it may have proceeded southbound towards Wellburn.
Police utilized extensive evidence gathering techniques, surveillance as well as forensics, to determine the identity of the person responsible for this break-in.
On Monday Sept. 19, the Perth County OPP Property Crime Unit arrested a male in the City of Sarnia. 26-year-old Cody Winston Price of Sarnia has been charged with the following Criminal Code of Canada offences: Break and Enter commit an indictable offence, Theft under $5,000, Mischief over $5,000, Possession of property obtained by crime, and Fail to comply with probation order.
He was held in custody until he appeared for a bail hearing on September 20th at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford.