On Thursday December 29th 2016, officers from the West Nipissing Police Service responded to an alarm at approximately 11:35 the municipal building at Minnehaha Bay in Sturgeon Falls. Upon arrival, they discovered a door ajar and footprints leading away from the building. Entry had been gained to the premises by breaking a window. A search of the interior revealed no suspects.

A review of the surveillance footage provided officers of the suspects appearance. Assisted by the Greater Sudbury Police K9, officers tracked the suspect to the area of Nipissing and Railway Streets. At approximately 1:25 a.m. while this was ongoing, a WNPS officer in the area of Main and Railway Streets observed a person known to him and known to be in violation of a court imposed curfew. Upon further investigation, evidence that this person was responsible for the break in was obtained an arrest was made.

A sixteen-year-old Sturgeon Falls male was held and charged with the following offences:

Break, Enter and Commit an Indictable Offence
Mischief over $5,000 in relation to broken windows between the units in the building
Theft under $5,000
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000
Wearing a disguise with intent
Possession of Break in Tools, and
Breach of Recognizance

The youth was taken to Court on December 30th where Pleas of Guilty were entered in relation to five of the seven charges, with the charges of Mischief and Theft being withdrawn. He is being held in custody pending sentencing which is scheduled for January 4th 2017 in North Bay.

The WNPS wishes to acknowledge and thank the Greater Sudbury Police Service for their assistance in providing the K9 unit.