Wheatley, Ont. man faces 26 charges
A Wheatley, Ont. man has been charged with 26 counts of theft and fraud, ending a three-month Ontario Provincial Police investigation.
Investigators allege Mark LaPorte, 37, stole more than $150,000 worth of machinery, fuel, tools and trailers in Windsor, Essex County, Chatham and Leamington.
LaPorte is charged with three counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, eight counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, four counts of mischief under $ 5,000 and three counts of theft under $5,000.
He also faces three counts of fraud under $5,000, four counts of theft over $5,000 and fail to comply with an undertaking.
Police said they have recovered about $110,000 worth of stolen property.
They've cleared 20 separate cases with LaPorte's arrest.
Anyone with information on LaPorte or anyone who may have unknowingly bought stolen items from him is asked to contact the Essex County OPP Property Crime Unit at 519-723-2491 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.