A North Grenville resident fell victim to a serious theft while he was away in Florida this winter. The resident’s home, on McGahey Lane, just off River Road in North Grenville, was broken into during the night of February 12. On February 13, a neighbour noticed that the garage door was open and called the OPP, suspecting foul play, as he knew that his friend was away for the winter. Upon further investigation, it was found that just under $10,000 worth of automobile-specific tools and memorabilia were stolen from the garage.
The owner of the house is an antique car enthusiast and had a large collection of tools that he had used to work on many antique vehicles over almost 30 years. They were all standard tools, not metric, used specifically to work on old cars. His car memorabilia included a 2×8 vintage yellow and black tin sign that reads, “nine more payments and she’s mine”, a vintage model “A” red triangular fender badge that reads “four wheel brakes”, and some vintage red oil valve stem caps shaped like crowns.
Because of the location of the house, on a private road out in the country, and the specific nature of what was stolen, the OPP believe that this was a targeted theft. “People don’t go down there for the scenery,” says OPP Officer Cathy Lindsay, Community Services and Media Relations at the local OPP detachment.
The resident had done his due diligence in locking up the house and getting a neighbour to check on the property every so often. The thief forced their way in through the front door and made their way into the garage, from where most of the items were taken.
Cathy says this was not the only break-in reported in the area around that time. Thefts were also reported on February 1, and February 10, along River Road. Another theft of a significant number of tools was reported on Benjamin Lane, near Boundary Road off County Road 43 towards Winchester.
Cathy says it is important that people report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood right away. “People are sometimes afraid to bug us,” Cathy says. “You can bug us. We are working 24/7.”
If anyone has information about the theft on McGahey Lane, or if you have seen any of the items in question, especially the rare tin signs mentioned above, please call the Grenville County O.P.P. Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also submit your tip online at www.tipsubmit.com. A substantial cash reward will be given to the person who submits a tip that leads to an arrest and conviction.