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Wingham man facing 10 charges connected to recent break-ins

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WINGHAM – A Wingham man is facing 10 criminal charges connected to a string of break-ins that have occurred in Wingham over the last few weeks.

The Huron-Perth OPP Community Street Crimes Unit, West Region OPP Emergency Response Team and Huron County OPP executed a search warrant at a home on Minnie Street in Wingham on Jan. 9.

As a result of the execution of the search warrant, police seized five stolen laptop computers, numerous sets of stolen keys, break-in tools and two sets of brass knuckles.

Police say they were able to determine that the accused was connected to four separate break, enter and thefts that have taken place in Wingham over the last few weeks.

Facing charges is 26-year-old James Leachman of Wingham. He has been charged with:

  • Two counts of break, enter a place – intent to commit indictable offence;
  • Two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000;
  • Two counts of fail to comply with probation order;
  • Two counts of possession of break-in instruments;
  • Use disguise with intent; and
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon.

He has been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for Feb. 24 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

Police are asking any person with information regarding this investigation to contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 519-524-8314. Those wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.