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RCMP Sgt. Dwayne Loppie with a number of items that were seized from a Montague residence earlier this week. RCMP feel they have broken a major theft ring following the arrest of two individuals. The investigation is ongoing.
STRATFORD - The arrests of two individuals here Wednesday could signal the end of a rash of break-ins and thefts that has plagued Islanders during the past three months.
The RCMP Stratford detachment, Queens and Kings District worked together following the arrest in the Kinlock Road area and have determined the pair are responsible for a significant numbers of thefts from motor vehicles in Stratford, Cornwall, Montague and Morell.
RCMP responded to more than 200 complaints this summer of items being stolen from vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods of those. Items stolen included anything of value and ranged from electronics, computers, cash and personal items.
The search of a Montague residence resulted in a significant amount of property being recovered, including cell phones, GPS units, an iPad, money and cameras.
Firearms were also seized in the search, one of which was loaded.
Bradley Orville Perry, 27, of Montague has been remanded into custody on a number of criminal charges including breach of undertaking, illegal possession of a firearm and careless storage of a firearm. Numerous other criminal charges are pending for theft and possession of stolen property.
A female accomplice, also from the Montague area, is in police custody.
RCMP said the investigation is ongoing.
The two arrested were also wanted by RCMP in Nova Scotia.
RCMP said they wanted to remind individuals to secure their vehicles.
Both of the accused have admitted to targeting vehicles during the early morning hours and in periods of inclement weather when homeowners are less likely to look outdoors, said RCMP.
“We continue to remind residents to secure their property. Criminals are very careful and quite often know precisely when to strike,” said Kings District Sgt. Kevin Baillie.
Sgt. Dwayne Loppie noted the arrest and investigation has been a cooperative effort between all of the P.E.I. RCMP’s operational units including the police dog service.