Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 5:09 p.m.
Police seeking person of interest involved in theft
The Hawkesbury Detachment of the OPP is in search of a person of interest involved in a theft of rental equipment from a local business in Hawkesbury.
On February 6, 2019, the rental store reported the theft to the police after several items were not returned. The investigation revealed that a male used a fake identity to rent items of a total value of over $ 279 000. The items included an Excavator, a Skid Steer, Concrete saws, a vibrating plate and a heater, amongst others.
The person of interest is described as a male, approximately 5'11", between the age of 30 and 40 years old with a full beard. He is French and English speaking and was wearing a black construction type jacket with a grey hoodie underneath. His vehicle is a black Dodge Ram pickup truck, Heavy Duty with crew cab and dual rear wheels, pulling a flatbed trailer.
On February 7, the investigation led the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) to execute a Search Warrant in Saint-Roch-De-l'Achigan, Quebec, with the assistance of the Hawkesbury OPP Crime Unit. The search resulted in the recovery of five stolen Excavators, including the Kubota Excavator stolen in Hawkesbury, for a total value of $300,000. The other four Excavators were rented from other stores in the Province of Quebec. The other stolen items from Hawkesbury are still unaccounted for.
The Hawkesbury OPP is asking anyone with information about the identity or knows the whereabouts of this person of interest, to contact the OPP at 613-632-2729 or 1-888-310-1122. If you have any information and wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.