by Brandon Mayer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
A social media post on March 10 by the East Region of the Ontario Provincial Police warns North Grenville residents to exercise caution due to a string of break-and-enter incidents reported in the area. The Twitter post stressed that the incidents appeared to be connected, and that one of the incidents involved a firearm being stolen from an address on Crozier Road. The post asked residents to report any information about the incidents to the OPP, and recommended locking up sheds and using security cameras if needed.
The Times reached out to the Grenville County OPP for more information. Community Mobilization Officer, PC Dave Holmes, responded with more details on the incidents. “There have been four break and enters reported in the North Grenville area, including on Donoghue Rd, Crozier Rd, County Rd 18, and McGovern Rd, since the end of January 2022,” said Constable Holmes. “Various smaller items have been stolen, but a firearm was reported stolen from one of the addresses. Outbuildings were targeted mostly, but one was a residence.”
Constable Holmes also told the Times that officers from Grenville County OPP and OPP East Region Forensic Identification Services (FIS) attended the scenes to collect evidence, and that all of the incidents are still under investigation.
The OPP is reminding area residents to lock up their valuables and report suspicious activity. More information on securing a property can be found at www.opp.ca/index.php?id=115&lng=en&entryid=570bf1a58f94ac983906709c. PC Holmes added, “Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To report information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477, or submit your tip online at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, you don’t go to court, and you could earn a cash reward.”