“When in doubt, call and have police check it out!”
That was the advice offered by the Oxford County OPP after a pair of daytime break-ins on Valentine’s Day in the rural area south of St. Marys.
Middlesex County OPP is currently investigating a break and enter that occurred some time between noon and 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 south of Prospect Hill. Police say someone forced their way into a residence on Valley View Road south of Ebenezer Drive in Thames Centre. Once inside, the suspect(s) caused damage to some furniture and stole a watch and a pocketknife.
Oxford County OPP, meanwhile, is also investigating a daytime break-in and theft on Friday, Feb. 14. This incident occurred some time between 7:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the 31st Line of Zorra between Oxford Road 96 and the Perth Oxford Road, just north of Harrington.
Police say entry was gained to the residence by kicking in the side door. Once in the residence, the thieves ransacked the home and stole a variety of electronics, a collection of silverware and a large quantity of jewellery items. The approximate value of the items taken exceeds $30,000.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., a suspicious vehicle was observed at a neighbouring residence on the 31st Line, and its occupants were confronted. The vehicle was described as a Silver Dodge quad cab, 4x4 pickup truck, with windows having a very dark tint, and a license plate that appeared to be purposely obstructed.
There were two male occupants observed in the vehicle and the following descriptors were provided: The driver had black hair, was clean-cut with thick, black eyebrows and olive-coloured skin, and an approximate age of late 20s or early 30s; the passenger had dark hair.
The OPP is asking residents to be vigilant for suspicious vehicles travelling up and down roads or sitting in a neighbour’s driveway when the neighbours are not home. The public should try to get descriptions, license plate numbers and direction of travel, and report this immediately to their local police service. It is important for this information to get to police when the suspects may still be in the area.
Anyone with information in relation to any of the above investigations is encouraged to contact your nearest police authority. The OPP can be reached anytime, anywhere in the Province of Ontario at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.