A 19-year-old Hamilton man is facing a slew of charges following a series of Oakville and Burlington break-ins.
There’s been a spike in commercial break and enters since July 2018 targeting gas stations, convenience stores and jewellery stores, say Halton police.
A variety of items, including cigarettes, lighters, rings and necklaces were stolen.
In several cases, a stolen vehicle was used to transport these goods, investigators allege.
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On Sept. 10 alone, there were five break and enters at businesses — four in Oakville, one in Burlington.
Investigators identified the suspect and arrested him, later raiding an address in Hamilton.
A substantial amount of stolen property – cigarettes, lighters, cellphones, jewellery and keys for suspected stolen vehicles – was seized along with fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, hydromorphone, cannabis resin and Canadian cash.
The estimated value of the seized items is $136,000.
Richard Lebert is charged with: six counts of break and enter; six counts of disguise with intent; possession of break and enter tools; possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000; seven counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; three counts of fail to comply probation; possession for the purpose of trafficking – fentanyl; possession for the purpose of trafficking – cannabis marijuana; possession of cocaine and oxycodone.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents or other purse thefts is asked to contact Detective Ron Wright of the Oakville criminal investigations bureau – street crime unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 2284.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).
Photo courtesy of Halton Regional Police