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OPP: Attempted Theft Intercepted By Homeowner

 

AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP – On September 23, 2021, the Grenville County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of an attempted theft from a mailbox at a residence on Algonquin Road, in Augusta Township.

On September 22, at approximately 5:20 p.m., a package was delivered to the mailbox at the end of the complainant’s property. The complainant exited the home to retrieve the package minutes after it was delivered, and observed the front passenger of a black sedan appearing to remove the package from the mailbox. The complainant hurried toward the mailbox, at which time the unknown vehicle and occupants drove away quickly.

It is believed the suspect vehicle had been following the courier vehicle to observe for deliveries.

The Grenville County OPP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects and vehicle from this incident, and want to remind residents to be vigilant when having items delivered to their homes. Delivery drivers should also remain vigilant and report incidents where they feel they are being followed.

Some ways to avoid becoming a victim include requiring a signature upon delivery or subscribing to text message or email updates regarding your delivery status. Some retailers also allow purchasers to provide “Safe Drop” locations or alternate addresses.

Anyone with information about this investigation or surveillance footage of the area is being asked to notify the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

The SafeGuard Ontario Property Security Program contains information and videos on how to better protect your property.

To report information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or submit your tip online at www.ontariocrimestoppers.caCrime Stoppers does not want your name, you don’t go to court, and you could earn a cash reward.