CHESTERVILLE — The latest incident of late-night petty theft in Chesterville has come to the attention of the SD&G OPP, after several parked vehicles on three village streets were entered sometime overnight, April 25-26.
In a report issued today, the detachment says that loose change and sunglasses were pilfered from the vehicles at residences on Faubert Avenue, South Street and Lori Lane. It also reminds owners “to lock their vehicles and store valuables out of sight.”
The incident follows a couple of weeks of similar easy-picking petty thievery from addresses Chesterville, where residents have taken to social media to complain of disappearing items — including the fuel from their vehicle gas tanks. Ever since the weather turned warmer in April, residents on the Chesterville Watch Facebook group have chronicled at least three decorative stars vanishing from homes, a purloined Tiki statue, incidents of overnight gas siphoning, and the disappearance of a 1968 Ford pick-up truck tailgate.
None of the above has been acknowledged in prior police reports, and Const. Joel Doiron of the SD&G OPP explained it’s possible they were never reported to the authorities. “I appreciate social media being used, but some of this information should be called in as well,” Doiron said, adding that police require as much data as possible to “help lead us to a suspect.”
He said the detachment employs an analyst whose sole purpose is to collect information and compare all such incidents against individuals already known to police — “the players in the past” as Doiron described them. In addition to helping establish patterns and solve crimes, the process also identifies hotspots requiring heavier or “focused patrols” by the SD&G OPP as a preventative measure. But it begins with the community reporting crimes and suspicious activity to police, every time, according to Doiron. “It’s a team effort,” he said.