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Three charged after detective spots stolen riding lawn mower, trailer in Fort Erie

Search warrant was executed at a Highland Avenue residence
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On Sept. 22, 2021, a detective from the 5 District Fort Erie office of the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) was in the area of Highland Avenue and Central Avenue in Fort Erie. While driving along Highland Avenue, the detective noticed a blue garden trailer parked in the driveway of a house. In the trailer was a green John Deere riding lawn mower.

The detective recognized the trailer and mower as possibly having been recently stolen from a property in the Ridgeway area of Fort Erie. The theft is believed to have occurred overnight on Sept. 21-22. Also stolen at the time of the trailer theft was a green John Deere riding lawn mower and some power tools.

Detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the Highland Avenue house. The warrant was executed on Sept. 22, 2021. During the course of the search, detectives were able to seize the stolen trailer, the John Deer riding lawn mower and other items linked the Ridgeway break and enter.

Detectives have arrested three people in relation to this investigation.

Richard Ronald Kinsella (43 years) and Felicia M. Lyrette (35 years), both of Fort Erie have been arrested and charged with the criminal offence of:
    •    possession of property obtained by crime - Section 355(b) of the Criminal Code

Kinsella and Lyrette were both later released from custody on Form 10 Undertakings with future court dates.

Eric Michael Hagen (52 years) of Fort Erie was arrested and charged with the criminal offences of:
    •    possession of property obtained by crime - Section 355(b) of the Criminal Code
    •    fail to comply with probation - Section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code

Hagen was held in custody in order to attend a video bail hearing at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines on Sept. 23, 2021.

Anyone who may have information about this investigation is asked to contact detectives at 905-688-4111, ext. 1022300.