Two charged with theft of copper wire after police investigate ‘suspicious activity’ in Lansdowne area

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Two individuals from Kingston have been charged by the Leeds County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) following a theft investigation.

In a media release, police state that on Feb. 25, shortly before 2 a.m., OPP officers were engaged in proactive patrols in Front Leeds-Lansdowne Township in response to multiple reports of suspicious activity. During their patrol, they spotted two men in a lightly forested area. The Emergency Response Team and the area Canine Unit were called in to assist in apprehending the suspects. Upon their arrest, officers seized copper wire and tools believed to have been used in the theft.

Berry Hilliard, 53, and Ryan O’Kane, 45, both of Kingston, are each facing charges under the Criminal Code, including one count of theft under $5,000 and one count of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

Charges have not been proven in court.

Both individuals were released on Undertaking and are slated to appear in the Brockville Ontario Court of Justice on April 5, 2024, to address the charges against them.

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