WINCHESTER — Brazen daytime burglars are seen on video making their way into the Boyne Rd. landfill facility — less than an hour after township employees closed the site on a recent Saturday afternoon.
The video shows the individuals, wearing dark caps and jackets, emerging in broad daylight with duffle bags full of something bulky and valuable enough to take from a recycling facility — possibly used car batteries.
The high-quality footage was viewed by a Nation Valley News reporter visiting the Winchester-based supplier of the upgraded camera system recently installed at the landfill.
The trespassers use a wheelbarrow to transport their loot to the road, where they’ve parked a white car on the other side of the locked dump gate.
One of the men also appears to brandish a gun — possibly a paint-ball gun — at one point.
The video has been turned in to police, and North Dundas Waste Management Director Doug Froats suggested that arrests were imminent at the June 5 North Dundas council meeting.
“As of today, I believe those people are being apprehended,” Froats reported to council. “Shortly, somebody will pay the consequences.”
The landfill site has seen its share of break-ins, even losing its original gate camera in an earlier theft on April 28. The township consequently bought a modern security camera setup from Dundas Performance & Secured Holmes as a replacement and upgrade.
A resolution was passed Tuesday night to boost this year’s budgeted allocation for landfill security cameras — up from $2,000 to the $3,000 actual cost of the new system.
Update: Const. Tylor Copeland has confirmed that the break-in report was received by the SD&G OPP on June 4. “It was reported that the suspects stole electronics, batteries and a speaker. The investigation is continuing at this point with no arrest made to date,” Copeland said by email.
Update: Froats told Nation Valley News this morning that the same individuals showed up again last night, once again appearing on video. One of their calling cards is to fire paint balls around the facility, he confirmed.
Froats explained that the batteries taken on June 4 were removed the site’s household hazardous waste area, which the unauthorized visitors accessed by “manipulating” a separate chain gate to gain entry.
These particular men did not access the locked bluebox recycling building at the landfill, though others have unlawfully entered that structure through the conveyor opening, Froats confirmed. Break-ins have been an ongoing problem at the landfill.
Although he estimated the recent battery thefts at $100 — each old core is worth about $10 — he explained the newly acquired camera system isn’t so much about preventing loss of revenue as deterring unlawful entry because of the liability issues. “If somebody falls down in here after hours, they could sue us,” he said.
Froats added he believes the involved vehicle may be from the Chesterville area.
This article was edited to reflect that the June 4 theft involved entry into household hazardous waste area, not the bluebox recycling building.