13 Vehicles Stolen From Leamington Dealership

Friday December 7th, 2018

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Two people have been charged after 13 vehicles were stolen from a  dealership in Leamington.

OPP say that in the early morning hours on December 2nd, 2018 the dealership on Erie Street South was forcibly entered and 13 sets of keys taken and used to remove the vehicles from the lot.

OPP along with the assistance of the public’s reporting of suspicious and abandoned vehicles resulted in the recovery of 12 vehicles within hours of their thefts. Vehicles were located in the areas of Augusta Street, Seneca Drive, the parking lots of two Robson Road businesses, and the parking lot of the Leamington marina and in a field on Mersea Road 1. One vehicle was recovered in the City of Windsor and two others with the assistance of ONSTAR.

OPP members continued their investigation and with the assistance of video footage obtained from area businesses, identified a suspect.

On December 6th, 2018, at approximately 5am police were dispatched to a disturbance in the parking lot of a restaurant on Erie Street South in Leamington involving the occupants of a Sport Utility Vehicle. Through investigation this vehicle was determined to be the remaining outstanding vehicle stolen from the dealership.

Daniel Watkins, age 34 of Windsor was arrested and remains in custody, charged with break and enter – commit theft, 13 counts of theft of motor vehicle, three counts of possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a controlled substance, possession of break-in instruments, two counts of fail to comply with recognizance and breach of probation.

Jocelyn Prendergast-Mclellan, age 26 of Windsor was arrested, attended a bail hearing and was released charged with two counts of  possession of property obtained by crime, possession of break in instruments and possession of a controlled substance.

The OPP commend the contribution of astute members of the public recognizing and reporting suspicious behaviour including the presence of unfamiliar vehicles in the area and also to those businesses having operational security cameras. This assistance was essential to the recovery of all stolen vehicles and the identification, arrest and charges against these criminals.

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