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Homeless Repeat Offender Arrested Again – Name Released

(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – An investigation conducted by the Huron-Perth Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU) and members of the Huron County OPP Major Crime Unit resulted in the arrest of a wanted individual and recovery of a stolen pickup truck on January 18th, 2024.

On December 15th, 2023, Huron County OPP officers investigated a fail to stop for police incident involving an individual known to police. This incident took place in the Municipality of Central Huron (Clinton). A warrant was issued for the arrest of the driver as a result.

On January 18th, 2024, members of the Huron County OPP, West Region Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), West Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), West Region K-9, and members of the Huron-Perth Community Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at an address in Central Huron (Auburn). During the execution of the warrant, the wanted individual attempted to evade capture, and was arrested soon after. A stolen 2017 Dodge pickup truck from London was recovered from the location.

Jeffrey STRAUGHAN, 43 years of age from “no fixed address” has been charged with the following criminal code offences:

  • Operation While Prohibited – (four counts),
  • Dangerous Operation,
  • Flight From Peace Officer,
  • Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon,
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order – (four counts),
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000,
  • Fail to Comply with Prohibition Order – (two counts).

The accused was additionally charged with Highway Traffic Act offences (Drive while Under Suspension – two counts).

The accused was processed, held for a bail hearing, and remanded into custody with a court appearance scheduled in the Goderich Ontario Court of Justice.

Any person with information regarding this incident or any other incident is asked to contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 482-1677. 

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