Ottawa man to be charged after allegedly stealing Bobcat, trying to break into ‘several’ garages

The exterior of the Ottawa Police Service headquarters. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

Ottawa police say a man is facing several charges after allegedly stealing a Bobcat and using it to try to break into “several” residential garages.

According to a statement issued by the service Wednesday afternoon, officers were called just after 1 a.m. on Friday after the machine was taken from a construction site on Greensway Avenue near Vanier Parkway and Montreal Road.

Police said the vehicle “attempted to break into several homes’ garages [and] sheds.”

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The statement said officers found the running Bobcat abandoned at a commercial building on Queen Mary Street near Vanier Parkway and Coventry Road, adding new packs of cigarettes and lotto tickets were found inside of it.

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After reviewing surveillance video, police said officers identified a 40-year-old suspect.

The accused, Archie Trepanier, was in custody on another matter. The statement said it’s anticipated he’ll be charged with theft of a motor vehicle and multiple break-and-enter-related counts, four counts of mischief and damage to property over $5,000, three counts of failure to comply with a release order and a count of breaching probation.

Anyone with information about the break-ins was asked to call police at 613-236-1222, ext. 4533 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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