The Hawkesbury OPP investigated a theft of heavy duty battery stolen from an excavator parked in a wooden area in the Municipality of Nation.

On February 22, 2019, as a result of the investigation, a 24-year-old man from Champlain Township was arrested and charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with; Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 – in Canada.

He was later released and scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in L’Orignal on March 13, 2019.

Similar incidents have occurred in rural areas, farmland and construction sites in our region, where heavy machinery such as excavators, tractors and construction equipment are targeted.

The Hawkesbury OPP wishes to remind you that everyone has a role in crime prevention and in reducing the potentials of criminal acts.

The way to discourage a thief from victimizing your property is to take away the opportunities. Owners are advised to be particularly vigilant when leaving their equipment at construction sites or even on private properties. Extra precautionary measures should be considered such as securing the equipment and of course, leaving machinery in well-lit area, preferably visible to motorists and neighbours. The use of hunting cameras installed in proximity could assist police in a theft investigation.