Police nab alleged construction tool thief
Orillia OPP Sgt. John Slater is pictured Tuesday with some of the recovered construction equipment. KRISTEN SMITH - QMI
Police have charged a 23-year-old Orillia man in connection with a string of thefts of construction tools valued at more than $20,000 over the last six months.
Orillia OPP Sgt. John Slater said there have been at least six incidents in which construction tools — including welding equipment, drill presses, bench saws and carpet laying tools — were taken from residences and vehicles in the Orillia area.
The OPP recovered more than 120 items at a Dunlop Street residence at about 7 p.m. Friday.
“(They were) the types of tools contractors would have in their vehicles overnight,” Slater said, noting if they were gone in the morning, the victims wouldn’t have been able to go to work.
“Obviously, this type of theft involves more than one (person),” Slater noted.
Slater said a victim contacted police because the victim believed someone was selling his or her stolen property on an online classifieds website.
Gaston Gagnon is charged with breaking and entering and possession of stolen property over $5,000.
Slater said more charges are pending further investigation.
Slater encourages those who have recently had property of this nature stolen to contact him or Det.-Const. Dave Earhart at 705-326-3536.
Gagnon appeared in court Tuesday.