Suspect Charged in Car Break-Ins at a Mall in Burlington
A Brantford man is facing a slew of charges after a daytime car break-in spree in Burlington.
Halton police arrested the suspect on Jan. 16.
The incidents took place on Jan. 4 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
That’s when six cars had their windows smashed while parked at Mapleview Mall.
Items stolen from vehicles include electronics, clothing, purses and wallets with credit cards which were fraudulently used, investigators allege.
Police also received reports of two vehicles stolen from the Fairview St. and Drury Lane area.
Investigators identified a red Chevrolet Trailblazer stolen from Puslinch Township, near Guelph, as being involved.
The Chevy was located near the two vehicle thefts in Burlington.
One of the stolen vehicles, a Ford F-150 was located in Brantford days later.
Investigators allege it contained stolen property from the Mapleview Mall thefts plus several incidents which took place in Hamilton.
Michel Blair Martin McNaughton, 29, is charged with: two counts of theft of motor vehicle; six counts of theft under $5,000; seven counts of mischief under $5,000; three counts of fraudulent use of credit cards; possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; possession of break-in instruments; and two counts of fail to comply with probation.
McNaughton was remanded into custody.
Police are reminding the public of the following prevention tips:
- Ensure your unattended vehicle(s) are kept locked/secure.
- Never leave personal identification or valuables in your vehicle.
- Park in a well-lit and attended areas whenever possible.
- Never leave spare keys in your vehicle.
- If you have to leave valuables in your vehicle, lock them in your trunk. Don’t tempt thieves by leaving packages or purses in plain view or on the seat.
- Remove garage door openers, GPS navigation and cell phone devices & power cords from view when not in your vehicle
- Consider installing CCTV / Surveillance cameras which can capture the crime and aid in suspect identification.
- Ensure their homes and garages are locked when absent from the home or turning in for the night.
- Immediately report suspicious activity to police.
Tips can be forwarded to Crime Stoppers; “See Something, Hear Something, Know Something — contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.crimestoppers.ca or by texting “tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).