Vehicle theft continues to be a prevalent problem in Halton, with police investigating three recent incidents in Georgetown.
On Jan. 20 around 7:40 p.m., police say a resident on Gower Road started their car and left the vehicle running in front of the home while they went inside to retrieve something.
“At this point another family member noticed a U-Haul van parked in front of the residence, and then the residents noticed a male suspect entering the running car,” said Const. Ryan Anderson.
The residents ran out to confront the suspect, who fled and was picked up by the U-Haul further down the street, added Anderson.
The suspect is described as a Latino male, approximately 5'9", thin build, 20 to 30 years old, with black hair and a moustache.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
The second incident occurred the next day around 5 a.m. on Walworth Street, where police say a resident heard loud noise coming from their driveway.
According to police, the resident turned on the lights and saw two suspects run from the house, get in a dark sedan and drive away.
Police say a hole was cut in the driver’s side window of a pickup truck parked at the home.
No arrests have been made and no suspect descriptions are available.
Later that day, police say a pickup truck owner was filling a jerry can at a gas station at Guelph Street and Mountainview Road around 2:30 p.m. when a man attempted to get in and steal the vehicle.
“The vehicle owner pulled the suspect out of the truck and then got into the truck themselves and locked the doors,” said Anderson. “The suspect then fled on foot and police were contacted.”
Police located and arrested the suspect a short distance from the gas station. Police say he provided them with a false name and date of birth.
A 26-year-old Brampton man has been charged with theft of motor vehicle and obstruct peace officer.
Anyone with information on the other incidents is asked to contact police at 905-825-4777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or haltoncrimestoppers.ca.