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Orillia OPP use GPS tracker to nab thief, $100,000 in stolen goods

Tow truck on Highway 400 was hauling stolen skid steer and pulling a stolen trailer; Through investigation, other stolen property was found
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NEWS RELEASE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
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ORO-MEDONTE – Members of the Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested and charged a male after a GPS tracker helped police locate and stop a vehicle in the Township of Oro-Medonte.  

On Sept. 26, 2020, shortly before 10 a.m., members of the Orillia OPP detachment were made aware that a tow truck hauling a stolen skid steer, and pulling a stolen trailer, was travelling northbound on Highway 400. 

It was reported that the skid steer was being tracked using a GPS device that was installed in the equipment. Officers located the vehicle on Highway 11, south of Orillia, and conducted a traffic stop.  The driver was arrested and, as a result of the ongoing investigation, over $100,000 of stolen property was recovered.  

Mitchel Macdonald, age 26, of London, ON, has been charged with two counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.  

The accused was released on a Form 10 Undertaking and is set to appear on Nov. 24, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.  

The Orillia OPP are committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting www.opp.ca/reporting

You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2000.

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