(ESPANOLA, ON) – On Wednesday July 25, 2018 officers from the Manitoulin-Espanola Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to numerous theft complaints in Nairn-Centre and Nairn-Hyman Township, Ontario.
Officers located a stolen pick-up truck which led them to an isolated area north of Nairn Centre in Nairn-Hyman Township.
The officers then recovered various stolen items, including generators, an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), a dirt bike, licence plates and other items. Some of the property had been reported stolen to police from Orillia, Espanola and Simcoe, Ontario.
With the assistance of the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), OPP Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and the OPP Canine Unit, Manitoulin-Espanola officers located and arrested two males.
As a result of the investigation, Gaston GAGNON, age 65 of Toronto, Ontario is charged with:
- Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act;
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – Over $5000 (5 counts) contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC); and with
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – Under $5000 (2 counts) contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC.
Gaston GAGNON, age 29 of Barrie, Ontario, is charged with:
- Driving While Disqualified (2 counts) contrary to section 259(4) of the Criminal Code (CC);
- Theft of Motor Vehicle contrary to section 333.1 of the CC;
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – Over $5000 (6 counts) contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC;
- Fail to Comply with Recognizance (2 counts) contrary to section 145(3) of the CC;
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order (7 counts) contrary to section 733.1(1) of the CC;
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – Under $5000 (2 counts) contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC; and with
- Drive while Under Suspension contrary to section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.
Both accused are scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice Bail Court in Sudbury, Ontario on July 26, 2018.
As the investigation continues any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this incident are asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at to www.sudburycrimestoppers.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.