Police are investigating six break and enters to businesses that occurred over the weekend.
On Sunday, January 7, 2018 shortly before 4:00 a.m suspects attempted to break into the Home Hardware on Dundas St. in the City of Woodstock. The suspects rammed the front of their truck into the entrance gate of the outside lumber storage area. After knocking the gate down the truck sped off east bound through the parking lot.
Shortly after 4:00 a.m. Police received an alarm to attend the Sunrise Varierty on Springbank Avenue. Police arrived to find the rear door has sustained damage. At 9:00 a.m. Police received a call for a power outage at Woodstock Pizza and Pasta in the same plaza on Sprinbank Ave. The suspects had tampered with the power to the business but did not gain entry.
On the same day before 6:00 a.m. a fourth business, the Pancake House, located on Juliana Drive suffered a power outage. Suspects gained entry to this business and stole cash.
Police believe that these investigations are related and are seeking assistance locating a suspect vehicle described as; White, Ford F250 or 350, 4 door crew cab pickup truck, with side steps, a yellow flashing light on the driver's side roof, tinted windows, fender flares and a Metal Mulisha decal on sides of box.
Sometime over the weekend an unknown suspect broke into a storage unit at the business Nexstar on Dundas St. The suspect gain entry and stole several items. The last direction of travel was eastbound. One set of footprints was located.
Sometime over the weekend suspects entered a Church on Edgewood Drive. There was no forced entry. A laptop, two PA microphones, petty cash envelope, computer tower and two Staples gift cards were stolen. Police observed a set of bicycle tracks and fresh foot prints by the enterance door.
Forensic identification officers were able to gather some evidence from the scenes.
Break and Enter - Arrest
Woodstock Police criminal investigations branch have been investigating several break and enters to apartment buildings on James St. and Canterbury St. in the City of Woodstock. The break and enters occurred between December 24, 2017 and January 1, 2018.
The suspect would use a tool to pry open the secured front entrance and once in the buildings would primarily target mailboxes.
On one occasion he entered the parking garage, smashed a car window and stole a purse.
Brennon VERHEGGHE, age 23 of Woodstock has been charged with 15 criminal offences including, Breach of Probation, Theft Under $5000, Theft of Mail, Break and Enter and Mischief.
VERHEGGHE is in custody and will appear in Provincial Court on January 10, 2018 for a Bail Hearing.
The WOODSTOCK POLICE SERVICE would like to encourage anyone having information about these investigations to contact WOODSTOCK POLICE SERVICE at 519-537-2323 or Crime Stoppers 421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).