Thunder Bay Police Arrest Suspect in Break-ins to Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Superior Court of Justice
Superior Court of Justice

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Police Service has arrested and charged a suspect connected to two investigations of break-ins at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

Officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were originally dispatched to the Health Unit on Aug. 2, 2019, after reports that a break-in had occurred before 2:30 am.

Police learned a male gained forced entry to the building and exited more than an hour later with undisclosed property.  The investigation was handed over to the service’s Break and Enter And Robbery (BEAR) Unit. Further investigation, which included a public appeal for assistance, by members of the BEAR Unit identified a suspect.

Meanwhile, the investigation also connected the same suspect to another break-and-enter of the Health Unit. The second investigation centred on a Feb. 28, 2020 incident.

Officers learned a vehicle the suspect used during the February break-in was without the owner’s consent. On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the accused was arrested and charged for his involvement in both incidents.

Cory Douglas McDonnell, 40, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Break and Enter x 2, Breach of Probation x 2, and Take Motor Vehicle Without Consent.

He appeared in bail court on Thursday, May 7, and was remanded into custody with a future appearance date.

None of the charges have been proven in court.