Brantford man arrested in connection with county-wide crime spree

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Police have arrested a Brantford man in connection with a crime spree last month that stretched across Wellington County and beyond.

On the morning of May 29, a pickup truck stolen from Georgetown rammed open a locked gate at a compound on Wellington Road 124 in Erin. The suspects stole a side-by-side utility vehicle worth about $18,000. 

The suspects then stole a white pickup truck worth approximately $20,000 from a residence on Trafalgar Road just outside Hillsburgh and used it to steal about $50 in fuel from a gas station on Wellington Road 124.

Shortly thereafter, the suspects went to a gas station on Main Street in Harriston and attempted to use a stolen credit card to purchase cigarettes. When the card was declined, the suspects then stole the cigarettes and fled.

They drove to a gas station on Main Street in Listowel and stole about $25 in fuel while using the white pickup truck.

Austin Richard Michael Anderson-Hill, 24, of Brantford, was held for bail and charged with:

– break and enter;

– possession of break and enter tools;

– theft over $5,000;

– theft under $5,000 (three counts);

– possession of stolen property – over $5,000;

– fraudulent use of a credit card;

– possession of a (stolen) credit card; and

– breach of recognizance (four counts).

Police continue to investigate and say anyone with information can contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at Tip providers may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.