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Stolen Pickup Recovered – Repeat Offender Arrested

(NORTH HURON, ON) – A pickup truck and an all-terrain vehicle have been returned to their owners and plenty have charges have been laid following a recent investigation conducted by Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

During the early morning hours of September 25, 2021 Huron County OPP officers were patrolling near Auburn when they observed a pickup truck with an ATV in the rear cargo box. The officers attempted to stop the pickup however the driver failed to stop, drove dangerously and fled from the officers. Officers discontinued their pursuit of the suspect vehicle however shortly thereafter an officer came across the suspect vehicle turning into a farm property located on Westfield Road. The driver attempted to flee once again however his vehicle collided with a farm implement and got bogged down in the mud.   

Officers approached the vehicle and arrested both the driver and passenger without incident.   

Subsequent investigation determined the pickup truck had been stolen from a property in Huron East a few days earlier and the ATV had just been stolen from a neighbouring property. 

The driver, Jean-Philippe GNEMMI, 34 years of age from Huron East has been charged with:

·        Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – two counts

·        Flight from Peace Officer

·        Mischief Under $5,000

·        Operation While Prohibited

·        Fail to Comply with Probation Order – two counts

·        Fail to Comply with Release Order

The accused remains in custody with a court appearance scheduled for October 5, 2021 at the Ontario Court of Justice.

The passenger, Ashley SOUSA, 30 years of age from Stratford has been charged with:

·        Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – two counts

·        Occupant of a Motor Vehicle Taken Without Consent

She has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for October 25, 2021 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

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