Suspect Charged in Oakville and Burlington Break-Ins

A 19-year-old Hamilton man is facing a slew of charges following a series of Oakville and Burlington break-ins.

There’s been a spike in commercial break and enters since July 2018 targeting gas stations, convenience stores and jewellery stores, say Halton police.

A variety of items, including cigarettes, lighters, rings and necklaces were stolen.

In several cases, a stolen vehicle was used to transport these goods, investigators allege.

On Sept. 10 alone, there were five break and enters at businesses — four in Oakville, one in Burlington.

Investigators identified the suspect and arrested him, later raiding an address in Hamilton.

A substantial amount of stolen property - cigarettes, lighters, cellphones, jewellery and keys for suspected stolen vehicles - was seized along with fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, hydromorphone, cannabis resin and Canadian cash.

The estimated value of the seized items is $136,000.

Richard Lebert is charged with: six counts of break and enter; six counts of disguise with intent; possession of break and enter tools; possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000; seven counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; three counts of fail to comply probation; possession for the purpose of trafficking - fentanyl; possession for the purpose of trafficking - cannabis marijuana; possession of cocaine and oxycodone.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents or other purse thefts is asked to contact Detective Ron Wright of the Oakville criminal investigations bureau - street crime unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 2284.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

Photo courtesy of Halton Regional Police

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