Police and Auxiliary Officers knocked on hundreds of doors in central Oshawa this week in an effort to educate homeowners about the risks of leaving their vehicles unlocked in their driveways.
There has been a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles over the past few weeks. Often the vehicles are entered because something valuable is seen, in plain view, by looking through the vehicle windows. Items stolen include cash, cellphones, iPods and laptop computers.
Over 600 Lock it or Lose It flyers were distributed in the central area of Oshawa over the past four nights and homewoners were given information about the car entries. Much of the education was done by volunteer members of our Auxiliary Unit. The public education campaign was also supported by frontline police patrols and investigation.
During this past week, police have arrested three males responsible for a total of 21 thefts from motor vehicles.
During the early morning hours of May 23, 2014, police responded to a Break and Enter call to a business located on Albert Street in Oshawa. Entry was gained when the suspect threw a rock through a window. Uniform police officers arrested the suspect at the location. After further investigation the suspect, Adam SCHELL, age 32 of Woodstream Avenue in Oshawa, was charged with: Break and Enter x2; Theft from Motor Vehicle x9; and Breach Probation. He is responsible for numerous entries to vehicles in the downtown area of Oshawa.
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