Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged two people in connection with a series of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in Eastern Ontario.

Between April 1, 2021 to January 16, 2022, many motorists from the Prescott County and the Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry were victims of theft of catalytic converters from their vehicles. Members of the Hawkesbury Detachment and the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Detachment of the OPP worked diligently and were able to make arrests regarding these thefts.

A 23-year-old man from Montreal, Quebec, has been charged with:

5 counts of theft under $5,000 from a Motor Vehicle – Sec. 334 (b)

5 counts of mischief under of $5,000 – sec. 430(4)

1 count of failure to comply with undertaking – Sec. 145(4) (a)

1 count of conspiracy to Commit Indictable offence – Sec. 465(1) (c)

7 counts of failure to comply with release order- sec. 145(5) (a)

1 count of obstruct Peace Officer – Sec. 129 (a)

1 count of possession of prohibited device or ammunition – Sec. 92 (2)

1 count of occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was prohibited or restricted weapon – Sec. 94

1 count of possession of prohibited device or ammunition for dangerous purpose – Sec. 88

1 count of possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000 – Sec. 354(1) (a)

1 count of theft over $5,000 – Sec. 334 (a); all contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

A  25-year-old woman, from North Glengarry Township, Ontario, was charged with:

2 counts of theft under $5,000 from a Motor Vehicle – Sec. 334 (b)

2 counts of mischief under $5,000 – sec. 430(4) – Sec. 430(4)

5 counts of failure to comply with undertaking – Sec. 145(4) (a)

5 counts of failure to comply with release order- sec. 145(5) (a)

1 count of possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000 – Sec. 354(1) (a)

1 count of possession of prohibited device or ammunition for dangerous purpose – Sec. 88

1 count of occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was prohibited or restricted weapon – Sec. 94

1 count of possession of prohibited device or ammunition – Sec. 92 (2); all contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Both accused were scheduled to appear in court on Monday January 17, at the Ontario Court of Justice in l’Orignal.

Any person with information regarding any criminal activity should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous you may also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. All tips are anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Visit www.CrimeStoppers.ca.