Jewelry stolen in an alleged break and enter in Orillia on July 31 has been found and a suspect has been arrested, said Orillia OPP.
A 36-year-old Sarnia man has been charged in connection to the break and enter and stolen jewelry, police said.
Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on July 31, homeowners on Maple Drive in the city’s north-end came home to an unknown man in their house.
The man fled the area and police were unable to located him at the time. The homeowner told police jewelry had been taken, police said.
On Aug. 5, Orillia OPP issued a photo of the jewelry and asked for the public’s help finding it.
On Aug. 7, police announced they had recovered the jewelry and other items related to a break and enter and other crimes in Orillia. Finding the suspect and recovering the jewelry took a few days.
On Aug. 3, OPP officers responded to another break and enter on Forest Avenue in Orillia’s south-end. This homeowner said that sometime within the past week, the garage was broken into and numerous items had been stolen, police said. No suspects were identified at the time.
The next morning, through interactions with a man involved in “other incidents” in the Orillia area, police identified the suspect of the first break and enter on Maple Drive, OPP said.
The same day, officers found the man walking near downtown Orillia and arrested him.
The man was searched and numerous stolen items were located, police said. However, officers did not find the jewelry. They were told it had been left on a trail near the Leacock Museum, OPP said. Nothing turned up when police searched the area. That’s when the police asked for the public’s help to locate it.
With the public’s help most of the stolen jewelry has been found and returned to the owners, police said. Police also recovered other items stolen from Orillia businesses, OPP said. These items have been returned.
A 36-year-old Sarnia man has been charged with two counts of break, enter dwelling house — commit indictable offence; five counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; four counts of theft under $5,000; and fraud under $5,000.