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Man arrested after string of south-side business break-ins

Kevin Clair James, 37, taken into custody following a month-long stretch of thefts at local businesses.
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THUNDER BAY – A 37-year-old Thunder Bay man has been arrested in connection with a series of break-ins at local businesses.

Police, in a release issued on Thursday, said Kevin Clair James, was taken into custody and charged in five separate incidents, the most recent taking place on Monday evening in the 100 block of May Street North.

According to the release, a suspect entered the business by force, causing damage to the entrance, and allegedly stole multiple items before fleeing.

Police brought in the break and enter and robbery unit to continue the investigation, which led to the identification of a suspect.

They were later able to connect the accused to four other break-and-enters, between Dec. 7 and Dec. 27, in the 100 block of May Street North and Centennial Square.

James has been charged with two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, six counts of breaking, entering and committing, theft under $5,000, fraud under $5,000 and three counts of failure to comply with a release order.

The accused, who was arrested on Wednesday afternoon and had an outstanding warrant connected to an August 2021 break-in at a May Street North business, appeared in bail court on Thursday and was remanded into custody with a future court date.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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