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Police: Brass knuckles discovered in search of accused lock picker's home

Officers have been investigating several residential break and enters in Niagara Falls
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Detectives from the 2 District Niagara Falls Street Crime Unit have been investigating several residential break and enters in Niagara Falls.

The suspect was targeting stand alone homes, condominiums, and apartments.  The suspect was observed to gain entry to a multi-unit residential buildings and then “pick” the door locks to gain access to the individual units.

That investigation led to the identification of a suspect. 

On July 26, 2021, the suspect was arrested for break and enter in the City of Niagara Falls.  Detectives subsequently were granted a search warrant to the suspect’s residence in the area of Buckley Avenue and Crawford Place.

As a result of the search warrant detectives discovered evidence linked to break and enters in Niagara Falls dating back to March of 2020.  A set of “brass knuckles" was also located and seized during the search.

Justin Andrew Ambursley, 42 years of age, of Niagara Falls has been arrested and charged with the following offences:

  • Break and Enter Commit Theft (Dwelling House) - Sec. 348(1)(b) CC (8 Counts)
  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon – Sec. 91(2) CC
  • Fail to Comply with Release Order – Sec. 145(5)(a) CC

Ambursley was held in custody and attended a video bail hearing to the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines on July 27, 2021.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation are asked to contact Street Crime Unit detectives by calling 905-688-4111, extension 1022200.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.  Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information which leads to an arrest.

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