Two people charged in porch pirate crime spree that spanned Central Ontario

Items recovered included a stolen vehicle and thousands of dollars in jewelry

They’re sometimes referred to as “porch pirates.”

South Simcoe Police arrested two people and laid numerous charges following a multi-jurisdictional investigation into mail and delivery package thefts.

The investigation began this month and police say they recovered a stolen vehicle, about $90,000 worth of jewelry and dozens of other personal items being shipped and mailed.

“Property has been recovered for victims spanning 16 different cities and towns across Central Ontario with more still to be identified,” police said in a news release on Thursday.

The thefts, according to police, happened at residential properties and hotels, in addition to complex identity theft and fraud occurrences.

As part of the investigation, South Simcoe police officers executed two search warrants at a hotel room in Hamilton and on a vehicle seized in Innisfil.

The items seized also included watches, bank cards, government-issued documents and personal mail, along with suspected meth and fentanyl.

A 25-year-old woman of no fixed address and a 32-year-old Barrie man have been charged with the following:

  • theft
  • fraud
  • possession of stolen property
  • possession of drugs

South Simcoe Police say they received assistance with their investigation from York Regional Police, Barrie Police, Hamilton Police and Waterloo Regional Police.