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Arrest made following major thefts of construction equipment

Arrest made following major thefts of construction equipment

KINGSTON, ONT. — A Kington, Ont.-area man has been charged with stealing over $200,000 worth of commercial construction equipment following a five-month investigation by Kingston Police.

Jack Weighell, 21, was arrested June 4 at 4:30 p.m. after he turned himself in at police headquarters. The accused was charged with theft over $5,000 and three counts of possession over $5,000 and later released on conditions with a future court date.

In January 2021 Kingston Police began an investigation into the theft of heavy construction equipment from housing developments in the Kingston area, a police report stated. Reports of other similar thefts continued through to April.

The thefts included commercial-sized snow ploughs, wheel loader excavating buckets and plate compactors.

In May 2021, a large number of the stolen pieces of property were recovered at an auction house north of Toronto. Approximately 10 pieces of heavy equipment were recovered and subsequently returned to their rightful owners in the Kingston area.

Police also recovered three other stolen pieces of heavy equipment that could not be traced back to their original owners.

The police are requesting assistance from the public in identifying the rightful owners of the remaining recovered pieces of heavy equipment. Anyone with information or who believes they are still missing pieces of heavy construction equipment that were stolen between January and April 2021 is asked to contact Det. Schaule at 613-549-4660 ext. 6272 or via email at gschaule@kingstonpolice.ca.

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