MORRISBURG — Thieves made off with two trailers from a local hunting camp overnight (April 30-May 1), not realizing a deer cam had them in its unblinking sights, according to the owner of the property. The device captured one of the possible culprits in a grainy still image, standing in front of a pickup truck with glowing headlights.
And thousands of people are seeing the shot on Facebook after the victim of the theft, Shawn McMillan of Morrisburg, posted the image of the “loser” photographed last night in the darkness at his hunting camp off Shannette Rd., near Glen Becker.
The individual appears to be clad in dark pants with a short jacket and shirt-tail peeking out from beneath. On his head is what seems to be a two-tone tractor or ball cap, while his shoes look like dark-coloured sneakers with light-coloured outsoles.
McMillan told Nation Valley News that he has deer cams for security “all over the place” at the camp, although that particular unit was only set to take stills instead of video.
He can tell from the logged images that the first trailer was hitched up and taken away at 10:50 p.m., and that the culprits returned two hours later to collect the second. “Yes, they have big balls,” he remarked on Facebook messenger.
McMillan, who noticed the theft at the site this morning, believes the robbery was the work of a duo. He explained another of the lesser-quality images appears to show the same man on the passenger side of the truck, which he estimates to be a 2012 Chevy of white or grey colour.
They “had [the] trailer gone in two minutes; you can’t do that alone in [the] dark,” he added.
The stolen trailers are an 18-foot flat-deck model with sides and wooden floor. That one “was getting rough but [the] dump trailer is very nice condition, 6×10 [feet] I believe,” he said, estimating his loss at $4,500 because the nicer trailer was not insured.
He blamed himself for not having a “big gate with locks” on the entrance to property.
“Don’t trust anybody,” he wrote, also suggesting he would be upgrading the surveillance equipment at the site.
Although the crime has been reported to police, McMillan has also publicized his phone number — 613-880-9304 — for anyone with information on his trailers or the man seen in the photo. He is offering a reward, according to his original Facebook post.
Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers also welcomes tips on local crimes at 1-800-222-TIPS.