Hauling Stolen Goods on Toboggan Makes it Easy for Police to Arrest Suspect


THUNDER BAY – Police had fairly easy work with the fresh snow following a toboggan trail to arrest a suspect in a break and enter.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers followed toboggan tracks in the early morning hours of Monday, January 6, 2020 to the scene of an unreported break-in and an accused male who was in possession of stolen property from the scene.

Uniform Patrol Branch officers on general patrol in the area North Cumberland and McIntyre Streets just after 2:15 am noticed a suspicious male hauling unknown items with a toboggan.

Police exited the cruiser and began following a set of footprints along with the toboggan trail in the freshly fallen snow. This led the officers to a residential address in the 200 block of McIntyre Street where a male in possession of possible stolen items was located.

Meanwhile, officers followed the toboggan trail in the opposite direction, which led them to a local business.

Police located a trailer unit that appeared to have been the site of a break-in and featured various items similar to what the suspicious male had in his possession.

Further investigation revealed the trailer had been broken into and the items in the male’s possession were stolen.

A 36-year-old Thunder Bay man was charged with Theft Under $5,000, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000, and Breach of Probation.

He was released with a future court date of Feb. 7, 2020.

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