Police beat: Two men charged in break-in

Men charged in break-in

GUELPH-ERAMOSA – Two men have been arrested and face multiple charges following a break-in here last week.

On July 29 at about 4:40am, Wellington County OPP responded to a break-in in progress at a business on Sideroad 14 in Guelph-Eramosa Township.

Police say officers were advised that two men were seen fleeing the scene in a grey Dodge pickup truck with wooden racks. Officers located the suspect vehicle on Elmira Road north of Woodlawn Road and arrested two men in the vehicle.

Police say the licence plates on the truck were stolen, as was copper wire in the back of the truck; and one of the suspects was breaching a  probation order.

Grzegorz Malolepszy, 33, of Kitchener, was charged with break and enter, theft under $5,000 and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime.

David Hart, 37, of Waterloo, was charged with break and enter, theft under $5,000, failing to comply with a probation order and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime.

Both men were held for a bail hearing.

Suspended driver charged

NORTH PERTH – A Harriston man faces several charges after attempting to evade police last weekend.

On Aug. 3 at about 3pm, a North Perth OPP officer observed a vehicle on Line 86 being operated by a man suspended from driving.

Police say the officer attempted a traffic stop, but the man failed to stop for police. He was located later that day and was arrested.

Joseph Bentley, 25, of Harriston, was charged with dangerous driving, flight from a peace officer and driving while suspended.

He is to appear in Stratford court on Sept. 9.

Make sure to move over

ORILLIA – Police are again reminding drivers about the province’s “move over” legislation.

The OPP laid 1,891 charges last year against drivers who failed to slow down and move over for first responders and tow truck drivers, marking one of the highest totals since the law was enacted in 2003.

As a result the OPP conducted targeted enforcement of the move over law on the August long weekend.

“There have been close to 700 incidents in the past five years in which an OPP vehicle was struck by another vehicle while parked or stopped on the roadside,” stated OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique.

“When our officers and emergency partners are assisting people on the roadside, please slow down and move over if safe to do so, and help them get home safely to their families.”

Since 1989, five OPP officers have been killed after being struck by a vehicle while carrying out their duties on the side of the road.

The OPP has laid more than 9,000 “move over” charges in the last five years.