Three indicted for theft of catalytic converters east of the city

An investigation has led to three area residents being charged multiple times with theft after Ontario Provincial Police, with the help of other officers, investigated catalytic converters on Highway 17B in Macdonald-Meredith-Aberdeen Additional Township.

Police say suspects visited a school bus complex on Aug. 3, shortly after 6 a.m. and cut off a catalytic converter from one bus and tried to shut down a second one from another bus. Security videos showed them taking off in a white SUV.

The next day at approximately 8:00 am, the complainant contacted the OPP and reported that the same SUV had returned to the compound before departing again.

Police continued to patrol the highway and, with the help of members of the North East Region Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement unit, spotted the SUV at a property in Garden River First Nation before going into a traffic stop on Highway a short time later. 17B.

A search of the three suspects and the vehicle found suspected drug paraphernalia, more than 10 grams of suspected cocaine, a stolen check, tools used for burglary and a number of stolen items.

Brandon Bennett, 38, van de Sault is charged with:

  • two counts of theft over $5,000
  • three counts of mischief over $5,000
  • three counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • owns burglary tools
  • possession of a Schedule I substance – cocaine
  • possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking in human beings – cocaine

Allysia Solomon, 26, of Garden River First Nation has been accused of:

  • theft of more than $5,000
  • two counts of mischief over $5,000
  • three counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • possession of burglary instruments
  • breach of contract
  • possession of a Schedule I substance – cocaine
  • possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking in human beings – cocaine

Robert Clarke, 35, van de Sault has been accused of:

  • three counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • possession of burglary instruments
  • possession of a Schedule I substance – cocaine
  • possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking in human beings – cocaine

Officers of the Forensic Identification Unit, the Sault Ste. Marie Crime Unit, North East Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau and the Batchewana First Nation Police Service were also involved in the investigation.

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