Suspect facing charges following home and business break-ins in Orillia

Most of the stolen goods have been returned to their rightful owners

Ontario Provincial Police have recovered jewellery and other items related to a break and enter and other crimes in Orillia.

Police say around 11:30 a.m. on July 31, homeowners on Maple Drive arrived at their residence and found an unknown male inside. The suspect fled. The homeowner later reported several items of jewellery had been stolen.

Then on August 3, officers responded to a break and enter on Forest Avenue. The homeowner reported that sometime in the past week the garage had been broken into and numerous items had been stolen.

The following day, through interactions with another man involved in other incidents in Orillia, police were able to identify a suspect from the first break and enter. A man was arrested near downtown Orillia.

Thanks to help from the public, police say most of the stolen jewellery has been recovered and returned to the owners. In addition, numerous items have been returned to several Orillia businesses as a result of the investigation.

A 36-year-old man from Sarnia faces 12 criminal charges including five counts of possession of property obtained by crime and four counts of theft under $5,000.