Ingleside Ford dealership theft was part of larger operation, police say

In this provided photo, David and Cynthia Cassel make a $1,000 donation to Const. Tylor Copeland of Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers. The O.P.P. says the theft of trucks from this dealership last month is actually part of a bigger case of auto theft in Eastern Ontario. (SD&G O.P.P./Tylor Copeland via Newswatch Group)

LONG SAULT – An SD&G O.P.P. officer says the theft of pickup trucks from an Ingleside Ford dealership last month is actually part of a larger vehicle theft ring operating in Eastern Ontario.

“The problem is not isolated. Similar incidents have occurred in Hawkesbury and Ottawa,” Staff Sgt. Ameen Khan told South Stormont council last week.

Local O.P.P. reported last month that five 2019 model pickup trucks – four F-150s and one F-250 – were taken from S.G. Wells Ford on County Road 2 in Ingleside sometime between Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20.

During his presentation to council, Khan revised that number to six pickup trucks that were stolen.

“Our SCU (Street Crimes Unit) has taken a lead on this investigation and is progressing quite positively. It’s a joint operation between Hawkesbury, Ottawa police and SD&G,” Khan said.

The owners of S.G. Wells Ford – David and Cynthia Cassel – have donated $1,000 toward the Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers program, which pays cash rewards for tips that solve crimes in the area.