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$100,000 In Stolen Property Recovered In ACW – John VANDIEPENBEEK Arrested

(ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH, ON) – An Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh resident is facing nine criminal charges following an investigation conducted by members of the Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment and members of the OPP Huron-Perth Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU). Additionally, the investigative efforts have led to the discovery and seizure of an estimated $100,000 in stolen property.

On May 27, 2021 Huron OPP officers were notified of a break, enter and theft of copper wire from a wind turbine site located on Tower Line in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh. Two large spools of copper wire valued at approximately $41,000 were taken. Following some investigation officers were able to develop some suspect information and a judicial search warrant was authorized.

On May 28, 2021 members from the Huron OPP Detachment, OPP Huron-Perth CSCU and West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed two search warrants at property located on Belfast Road. As a result of the search warrant police seized the following stolen items:  Copper wire valued at $41,000, a bin full of scrap metal valued at $7,500, two motorcycles and two pickup trucks. Additionally, police seized an improperly stored shotgun and a significant quantity of suspected crack cocaine.

John VANDIEPENBEEK, 40 years of age from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh has been charged with the following offences:

·        Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – Six Counts

·        Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine

·        Careless Storage of a Firearm

·        Fail to Comply with Recognizance

The accused has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for July 26, 2021 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

This is an ongoing investigation, if you have any information about this investigation please contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 482-1677. 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at , where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

7 replies on “$100,000 In Stolen Property Recovered In ACW – John VANDIEPENBEEK Arrested”

I’m just going on a hunch… but Maybe he STOLE the crack too ? 👀

But really… drive down Belfast road and if you don’t feel like cutting the power off at every turbine I’d be surprised..


I’m so glad to see this because this individual broke into my storage unit and stoled everything I owed including all of my children’s belongings! Hope he rot’s in Jail for many many years!!


What about burning down his barn, the forced prostitution, the dozen or so stolen cars, the meth production, the assaults, the ambulance used to transport drugs or the multiple trailers on his property or across the road used to store and perform countless illegal activities. Its about time the police did something. And they nabbed him on stolen copper and scrap metal? lol


Several comments left could not be further from the truth…. just FYI, there’s no forced prostitution that takes place at his address, the stolen trailer comment… wow, that guy stole his friends belongings while she was homeless and all he did was get her back her stuff or what still remained of her stuff. I feel sorry for him. He loses his barn to a fire, which isn’t something any normal person would be happy to see happen to anyone, and let’s not forget the fact that a judge, not a person leaving g a comment on here, has yet to find him guilty. Personally speaking, wouldn’t surprise me at all if most if not all these charges get either dropped or reallocated to other individuals.
It floors me how judgemental people are, especially those who have no clue what actually took place. These are the ppl who are so dangerous to absolutely every and all persons.They make assumptions without sufficient information. I’m sure that some of them themselves, aren’t outstanding citizens and should maybe sweep off their own steps first before writing anything about anyone on these comments. Just sayin’.


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