Cobourg Police held an 11:00 a.m. news conference Tuesday to announce that three people, all from Cobourg, have been arrested and charges laid in relation to 32 incidents as a result of multi-jurisdictional cooperation.
15 of the incidents took place in Cobourg, 8 across four OPP detachment areas, 5 in Peterborough, 2 in Port Hope and 2 in Kawartha Lakes. Investigative assistance was also provided from police in Belleville.
Over the last several months, Police across several adjacent jurisdictions have been plagued by multiple break and enter incidents, along with other criminal offences, such as theft of motor vehicles. Hair salons were targeted in many break and enters.
Acting Inspector Jeff Shields of the Cobourg Police explained that information exchange resulted in potential persons of interest to investigate. Specially trained officers, enhanced investigative tactics, increased deterrent patrol efforts and electronic means were some of the operational methods used.
On August 30th, Cobourg Police were advised of a Break and Enter in Port Hope along with the license plate and description of the car involved that was believed to have been stolen in the OPP’s jurisdiction. Cobourg Police arrested three parties who were in the vehicle when they arrived at a King Street East residence.
Accused are Gerald Cooper, 47, who is charged with over 65 offences, including 32 counts each of Break and Enter and Breach of Probation and 3 counts of Theft. Cindy Cooper, 43, and Patrick Quinlan, 40, are charged with Break and Enter.
The investigation continues.