Police beat: Man charged in break-in, attempted theft of trailer

GRAND VALLEY – On April 25 at about 6:13am, Dufferin OPP officers responded to a break and enter in progress at a rural property on Concession Road 2-3 here.

Police say a male suspect entered the property and was trying to steal a triaxle dump trailer.

“The homeowner sounded his security alarm, which was successful in scaring the suspect off,” police stated in a press release.

“The homeowner observed the suspect continue onto [Wellington Road 16 in Wellington North], subsequently drive his truck into a ditch and flee on foot.”

Police say a second complainant contacted police to advise that he located a male hiding in his barn located on Wellington Road 16.

“The complainant drove the suspect to a local gas station, not aware of the ongoing criminal investigation,” police stated.

“Officers attended the gas station and located the suspect. The suspect’s vehicle was determined to be stolen.”

Gerald Arcand, 42, of no fixed address, was charged with:

– break and enter a dwelling house to commit an indictable offence;

– possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000;

– theft over $5,000;

– two counts of trespassing at night;

– two counts of failing to comply with a probation order;

– operating an unsafe vehicle;

– driving without a licence; and

– careless driving.

He was transported to the Dufferin OPP detachment and held for a bail hearing.

Driver runs red light

PERTH EAST – On April 20 just after 6pm, Perth County OPP received a report of a vehicle collision on Perth Road 130 at Perth Line 34.

“Investigation determined that a northbound motor vehicle struck an eastbound motor vehicle within the intersection, causing the vehicles to hit a third parked vehicle,” police stated.

“One driver had to be extricated from their vehicle before being transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.”

A 32-year-old driver from Clifford was charged with failing to stop at a red light.

Anyone with information can contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at www.csgw.tips.