(PERTH EAST, ON) - At approximately 9:30 a.m. on May 23 2020, the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were notified by a citizen that a suspect in a white van had just stolen a trailer from a property in Tavistock, and the vehicle was travelling in Perth County.
Police located the van with the utility trailer a short time later, and arrested the driver. Through the investigation, it was determined that the van had also been stolen from a business in New Hamburg the previous night, and the driver was prohibited from driving.
The same suspect was also involved in a theft of fuel that had occurred at a property on Line 33, in the Township of Perth East on May 22 2020.
As a result, Christopher BLUM, 37, of the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock, has been arrested and charged with:
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000
Possession of Property Obtained by crime over $5000
Operation While Prohibited
Failure to Comply with release order
Theft Under $5000
Drive motor vehicle - not equipped with ignition interlock device
The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing on May 24 2020.
Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online at www.opp.ca/reporting. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at http://hc-cs.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.