(PERTH EAST, ON) – Unattended vehicles that are left unlocked while warming up make easy targets for thieves, which is what happened yesterday in Millbank.
On January 6 2021, just after 6:00 a.m., the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a vehicle that had been stolen from a residence on Norfolk St., in Millbank. The suspect had taken advantage of the situation, where a pick-up truck had been left unlocked while it was warming up.
The owner saw the vehicle leaving the driveway, and contacted police immediately. It was located abandoned nearby, and the suspect was believed to have been picked up by a white or silver passenger vehicle.
The Perth County OPP would like to remind the public to keep vehicles locked at all times, and never leave keys in, or near, a vehicle. Unlocked vehicles become easy targets, and can be used to commit other crimes, including break and enters, or driving offences, such as impaired driving (by drugs or alcohol). Stolen vehicles also pose a risk to the public when drivers flee from police, driving in a dangerous manner in order to evade arrest.
Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online at www.opp.ca/reporting. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at http://hc-cs.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.