Attempted break and enter in Gravenhurst

A reminder for residents to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods.

Muskoka News Watch has received word of an attempted break and enter at a Winewood Avenue West residence in Gravenhurst that occurred overnight (July 8th).

Someone tried to pry open a door, but no entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

If you see or hear about any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, contact the OPP immediately.

Accused in Bracebridge Rexall Pharmacy break-in returns to court April 19th

The 59-year-old Port Sydney man charged in the Christmas Day break-in at the Bracebridge Rexall Pharmacy returns to court April 19th.

Dennis Wilson remains in custody following a brief appearance in Bracebridge court Tuesday.┬áHe’s been incarcerated since his arrest.

Just after 10am on December 25th, police got an alarm call about the front doors of the pharmacy on Muskoka Road 118 West being smashed.

Members of the public who saw it happen gave police a description of the suspect and the vehicle he was in – both were located nearby on Glendale Road.

A responding officer was injured trying to arrest the suspect who was able to once again flee in his vehicle.

Police gave chase, but the pursuit was called off due to safety concerns.

Huntsville OPP then located the vehicle on Deer Lake Road in Port Sydney, where it had left the roadway and collided with a tree.

Wilson was charged and taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The injured officer was also transported to hospital suffering minor injuries and was later released.

Wilson faces 8 charges, including:

Break and Enter
Assault with a Weapon
Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest
Escape Lawful Custody
Flight while being Pursued by Police
Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
Public Mischief

Orillia men receive jail time for Muskoka Centre break-in

Two men charged in the recent Muskoka Centre property break-in in Gravenhurst have received prison sentences.

Judge JD Evans heard guilty pleas to break and enter charges from 27-year-old Gaston Gagnon and 53-year-old James Mountney, both of Orillia, today in Bracebridge Court.

Crown Attorney Paul Culver told Evans the break-in happened February 24th at 3:30am.

A citizen called police about people banging on a locked gate that secured the fence surrounding the property – they also reported seeing a vehicle being driven on the property with no lights a short while later.

When police arrived, they found the would-be thieves had gained access by removing the gate’s hinges.

Police soon found Mountney in a van and Gagnon standing outside of it while two other men removed copper piping from a building. One of these others was throwing the piping down from the roof.

The total value of the piping would have been around $720 if it had been sold.

Mountney & Gagnon were arrested immediately – the others were taken into custody following an OPP canine unit search, said defence lawyer Robin Bellows.

Culver noted such thefts are on the rise these days due to the increasing value of copper.

Gagnon told Evans he’s since had nightmares about the abandoned property, which used to house a sanatorium.

“It definitely wasn’t worth it,” he admitted in a remorseful statement to the judge.

Evans sentenced him to five months in prison plus the time he’s already served, which amounted to 30 days since his arrest.

Mountney received a much stiffer sentence – he has a previous “lengthy and unenviable” criminal record showing similar offences, said Bellows.

Mountney told court: “it was a very stupid mistake – I didn’t know what we were getting into when we did it.”

Evans sentenced him to 15 months in jail, which includes the 30 days he’s already spent in custody since his arrest.

“You know darn well you shouldn’t have been doing what you were doing,” Evans told him.

Both men will also have to submit samples of their blood to police as part of a DNA order.

The other two men arrested in the case have yet to have their day in court.

Bracebridge OPP investigating violent break & enter in Mactier

Police are investigating a violent break and enter that occurred at a Mactier residence in Georgian Bay.

They say it happened at 9pm Thursday, when unknown suspects entered the residence and after an encounter with the homeowner, stole a gun safe containing firearms.

The homeowner suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local area hospital for treatment.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP at (705) 645-2211 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-8477. You can also submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime.

Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Update: Three men charged in Gravenhurst home invasion now identified

Update: Three Males Charged in relation to Gravenhurst Break and Enter identified today by OPP

Posted April 14, 3,47pm: The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Bracebridge detachment members have named the three men charged in relation to a home invasion in Gravenhurst on March 20.

Police say at approximately 11 pm, three suspects forced their way into an apartment near the Albion Hotel. The two residents inside the Gravenhurst home say they heard the suspects entering and confronted them. After a short altercation, the suspects fled.

21-year-old Glen Werney of Gravenhurst is charged with assault with a weapon and break and enter to commit an indictable offence. Also charged is 24-year-old Kyle Matts of Tay Township and 30-year-old Beau Desvreaux of Gravenhurst. Both face charges of assault and break and enter.

The three will appear in Bracebridge court on April 15, 2014.

Original Article: Break and enter in Gravenhurst leaves two residents with minor injuries

Posted March 22, 3:50pm: Three men were arrested early Friday after a break and enter at a Gravenhurst home. According to Bracebridge OPP, three suspects entered an apartment near the Albion Hotel at about 11pm on March 20. The two people inside the Gravenhurst home heard the suspects entering and confronted them. After a short altercation the suspects fled from the residence.

The victims called Bracebridge OPP who responded and began searching the area immediately with help of the Emergency Response Team and K-9 officers. The three suspects were located through police investigation by the Muskoka Crime Unit, the Community Drug Action Team, and members of the Bracebridge OPP detachment. They have been charged with

  • CC 266 Assault
  • CC 348(1)(b) Break, Enter dwelling house – commit indictable offence

The two residents had minor injuries as a result of the incident and nothing was taken from the residence. Early Friday morning there were four police vehicles and an ambulance remaining in front of the Albion Hotel near the scene of the incident on the corners of Muskoka Road and Bay Street. One man was being treated for injuries inside the ambulance. The types of injuries have not been confirmed by police.

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