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GPS signal from stolen item leads police to suspect

The accused was allegedly involved in three theft incidents this month, including twice breaking into the same local business during overnight hours.
Thunder Bay Police 2021

THUNDER BAY — A stolen item with a GPS signal led city police to the suspect in a series of thefts.

Thunder Bay police said a 28-year-old city man has been arrested and charged for at least three theft incidents this month, after officers were able to use the signal from stolen merchandise to eventually identify the suspect.

Police said a local business on the 1000 block of Roland Street was targeted and broken into during overnight hours twice this month — first on March 16, and then again on Wednesday.

During the investigation into the first incident, police also linked the suspect to a theft at a clothing retailer on March 14.

On Wednesday, police said the suspect broke into the business at about 2:40 a.m. and left with undisclosed merchandise that had GPS capabilities.

The accused was arrested just before noon that same day.

The accused is charged with two counts each of break and enter to commit an offence, and theft under $5,000, along with nine counts of failure to comply with a probation order.

He appeared in bail court on Thursday and remains in custody with a future appearance date.


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