Beaverton property theft ring busted
DURHAM – A ring of ten specialising in the theft of household property from rural homes in Brock Township has been busted after a six weeks investigation and stolen equipment amounting to thousands of dollars has been restored to their owners.
The probe by the DRPS North Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, Target Team, Tactical Support Unit, Fraud Unit and the Kawartha Lakes OPP began in the spring after several homeowners in the Beaverton area reported thefts from their property.
Other thefts were later reported concerning unknown persons breaking into sheds, houses and garages, stealing brand name landscaping equipment, chainsaws, lawn trimmers and lawnmowers. Several dirt bikes, ATVs, and a generator were also stolen.
Raids in Beaverton and two in Ajax locations indicated that many of the stolen items were sold in southern Durham Region, including Ajax.
Ten persons have been arrested, over 70 charges have been laid and 18 theft incidents have been cleared to date
The ten, mostly from Beaverton, include Terry Mackay, 25, and Natasha Porte,25, both of Osborne Street; Jeffrey Mitchell,27, of Maple Beach Road; David Colautti 20, of Sheir Avenue; Chris Clood, 19, of Park Street; Kenneth Emsley, 23, of no fixed address; Ryan Packer, 24, of Mara Road; David Mullett, 22, of Elmwood Avenue; Natasha Konstantakis, 23, of Lakeridge Road, Pefferlaw; and Mohammed Ali, 44, of Weston Crescent, Ajax.
Police are appealing in the ongoing investigation for anyone with new information to contact D/Cst. Bird of the North Division CIB at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2674.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.