The investigation began in the spring after several homeowners in the Beaverton area reported thefts from their property. Other thefts were later reported as unknown persons were breaking into sheds, houses and garages, stealing landscaping equipment like chainsaws, lawn trimmers and lawnmowers. Several dirt bikes, ATVs, and a generator were also stolen.
Investigators with the DRPS North Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, Target Team, Tactical Support Unit, Fraud Unit and the Kawartha Lakes OPP assisted in this investigation, including the execution of two search warrants in Beaverton and two search warrants in Ajax. Many of the stolen items were sold in southern Durham Region, including Ajax.
As a result of this investigation, 10 persons have been arrested, over 70 charges have been laid and 18 theft incidents have been cleared to date. Numerous pieces of brand name power and landscaping equipment, valued at over $7000, have been recovered and returned to the lawful owners.
Further property is expected to be recovered. If you purchased any of the equipment not knowing it was stolen, please contact the DRPS so we can return the items to their rightful owners.
DRPS wants to remind property owners to ensure that they have their property locked and secured to prevent thefts from occurring as well as recording serial numbers. DRPS would also like to remind property owners to report any thefts or suspicious activity even if not making an insurance claim, as it will assist in the identifying of stolen property recovered by police.
Terry MACKAY, age 25, of Osborne Street in Beaverton is facing 17 charges related to theft, possession and trafficking of property.
Natasha PORTE, age 25, of Osborne Street in Beaverton is facing four charges related to the theft, possession and trafficking of property.
Jeffrey MITCHELL, age 27, of Maple Beach Road in Beaverton is facing five charges related to the theft, possession and trafficking of property.
David COLAUTTI, age 20, of Sheir Avenue in Beaverton is facing 10 charges related to the theft, possession and trafficking of property.
Chris CLODD, age 19, of Park Street in Beaverton is facing six charges related to the theft, possession and trafficking of property.
Kenneth EMSLEY, age 23, of No Fixed Address is facing 22 charges related to the theft, possession and trafficking of property.
Ryan PACKER, age 24, of Mara Road in Beaverton is charged with: Trafficking Property Obtained By Crime Under $5000 x2.
David MULLETT, age 22, of Elmwood Avenue in Beaverton is charged with: Possession of Counterfeit Money x2; Uttering Counterfeit Money.
Natasha KONSTANTAKIS, age 23, of Lakeridge Road in Pefferlaw is charged with: Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marihuana); Possession of Fraudulent Identity; Possession of Counterfeit Mark.
Mohammed ALI, age 44, of Weston Crescent in Ajax is charged with: Possession of Property Obtained By Crime Under $5000; Trafficking Property Obtained By Crime Under $5000.