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Security system catches thief red-handed

'Thankfully in this incident, no one was harmed and the accused was arrested and charged by police'
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The investment in a security system paid off for a local business after a man was arrested, and charged with break and enter yesterday.

At 6:45 a.m. on November 22 North Bay Police officers responded to a crime in progress at a business on Memorial Drive.

A man had broken in through an exterior window, causing damage to the window, then tried to gain entry to another area inside the business and damaging an interior door.

The victim was alerted to the crime by a security system and rushed to the location and detained the intruder inside the business until police arrived.

William John McLeod, 40, of North Bay, is charged with:

  • Break, enter a place with intent to commit an indictable offence
  • Possession break-in instruments

McLeod was released on an undertaking and will appear before the Court on January 4, 2022.

The North Bay Police Service advises citizens not to physically confront people involved in criminal activity.

"Individuals committing criminal acts can be unpredictable when confronted and could potentially be armed with various types of weapons," says spokesman David Woolley.  "To ensure your safety, get to a safe location away from the individual and call 911 immediately to await the arrival of the police. If it is safe to do so, try to get a good look at the individual so you can provide a thorough description.

"Thankfully in this incident, no one was harmed and the accused was arrested and charged by police."