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Suspect arrested following rash of vehicle break-ins in St. Catharines

Police say the accused was in possession of stolen property at the time of his arrest
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On April 6, 2021 at approximately 1:45 a.m., 1 District – St. Catharines uniform officers from the Niagara Regional Police Service responded to a report of someone going into parked cars.

Officers attended a parking lot in the area of Grantham Avenue and Facer Street. A member of the public had observed a male suspect smashing the glass of parked cars. The suspect ran from the area toward Winnifred Avenue.

The initial investigation by officers determined that at least eight vehicles in the parking lot and on Winnifred Avenue had smashed windows and the interiors were ransacked for the purpose of theft.

At approximately 1:50 a.m., an officer assisting in the investigation observed a flashlight being used near a home on Winnifred Avenue. It was determined that the male with the flashlight was the suspect and he was placed under arrest.

The suspect was in possession of a hammer, screwdriver and stolen property. At the time of the suspect’s arrest, he initially provided officers with a false name.

Timothy Douglas Ferguson (39 years old) of St. Catharines has been arrested and charged with the criminal offences of:
    •    Mischief under $5,000 (eight counts)
    •    Theft under $5,000 (eight counts)
    •    Trespass at night
    •    Possession of break and enter tools
    •    Obstruct a peace officer
    •    Fail to comply with a probation order

Ferguson was held in custody in order to attend a video bail hearing at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines on April 6, 2021. At the conclusion of the bail hearing he was held in custody with a future court date.

Damages to the involved vehicles is estimated to be in excess of $5,000.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the investigating officers by calling 905-688-4111, ext. 1024233.