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19 February 2016Warning - this news article expired on 2016-03-19. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

UPDATE – February 19, 216

Belleville, Ontario – Belleville police would like to thank the public’s assistance in helping investigators arrest and charge a male wanted in connection to the theft of groceries from a local merchant this past week.

Over the past several days, police have received a number of tips – by phone, through Crime Stoppers, email and via social media – to assist with the investigation.

On Friday, February 19, 2016 a 31-year-old Belleville man attended the Belleville Police Service and turned himself in without incident.

Charged with one count of Theft Under $5,000 is a 31-year old male of Belleville.

The male was released on a Promise to Appear with an Officer in Charge Undertaking.

It should be noted that upon release, both accused persons in this matter were provided with contact information for a number of not-for-profit community agencies and social service organizations in the event they require assistance in any form.

Suspect sought in shoplifting incident

Belleville, Ontario – On Thursday February 11, 2016 at approximately 7 p.m. Belleville Police were dispatched to FreshCo, located at 305 North Front Street for a report of a shoplifter.

Upon arrival, it was learned that two males had entered the store, loaded approximately $300 worth of groceries into a cart, and then bolted out the entrance of the establishment without paying – loaded the groceries into a waiting vehicle in the parking lot and drove off.

An investigation determined the identity of one suspect, who was arrested a short time later.

Charged with one count of Theft Under $5,000 is a 26-year old male of Belleville.

He was released on a Promise to Appear with an Officer in Charge Undertaking.

Police are still looking to establish the identity of the second male involved in the theft, and are asking the public to view the images from video surveillance footage.

The images are attached to this media release.

Anyone with information about the male or theft is asked to contact Det.-Const. Jeremy Ashley at 613-966-0882 ext. 2315, jashley@police.belleville.on.ca or Crime Stoppers at 613-969-8477.