Man stealing groceries assault store owner

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(ELLIOT LAKE, ON) – On December 10, 2016, at 5:02 p.m., members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a theft in progress call at a local grocery store in Elliot Lake.

The owner of the grocery store intercepted the man at the doorway, who was leaving the store with a full cart of groceries. An altercation took place between the man and the store owner and the man fled on foot. A witness followed the man and notified police when he got into a car along Highway 108. Police located the vehicle on Hillside Drive South and conducted a traffic stop. Police recognized the man to be the same person who had stolen a cart full of groceries on December 8, 2016.

Jan Rene WILEN, 43 years of age, of Elliot Lake, Ontario, was charged with:

Theft Under $5000 (two counts), contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code (CC)
Assault, contrary to section 266 of the CC

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Elliot Lake, Ontario on February 7, 2017.

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