STRATFORD — Arrests have been made and motorcycles, ATVs and cash recovered after a series of thefts over the past week in central P.E.I.
The crimes have prompted Island RCMP to issue a warning to the public to lock their homes, vehicles and outbuildings.
On Sunday, Stratford RCMP and Charlottetown Police Services worked together in the recovery of an ATV valued at $10,000, which was being kept at a residence on Barkley Avenue in Stratford.
This crime is still being investigated and no charges have been laid to date.
RCMP have arrested two men in connection with a break and enter Monday into an outbuilding at a residence in Cymbria.
A trailer and ATV, along with a large quantity of hand tools were stolen.
RCMP Queens and Kings District Street Crime Units corroborated in the investigation, which resulted in the recovery of all of the stolen property.
Trevor Sanderson of Milburn Road, Morell, and a second male accomplice who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, have been charged.
The youth is well known to the victim as an individual whom the victim had helped previously.
Then, on Tuesday, Queens District RCMP received a complaint of a theft of Harley Davidson motorcycle and Toyota Tacoma truck from a residence on Bungay Road near Hunter River.
The investigation led police to a residence in Charlottetown where both vehicles were recovered. During a search of saddlebags fitted to the motorcycle, more than three pounds of marijuana was seized.
The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
A male youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and a man who was the grandson of the elderly victim, were arrested in connection with a theft of a large amount of cash in Cornwall on Wednesday.
All of the money has since been spent.
"The majority of property crimes can be prevented,” said Const. Tara McBride, with Queens District Street Crime Unit. “Keys need to be secured and not hidden; vehicles need to be locked; valuables and large amounts of currency need extra protection. These sorts of investigations take considerable time and effort with property not always recovered successfully.”