Muskoka To-DAILY

2 arrested in theft at Bracebridge Walmart Sunday night

BRACEBRIDGE — Two GTA men were in court Monday for a bail hearing after mad dash after a theft at Walmart Sunday night.

OPP at Bracebridge responded to a call from management at the big box store December 10, 2017, at 9:15 p.m.

Two men were reported to have stolen items from the store and then fled in a U-Haul van when confronted.

Officers were able to locate the vehicle and suspects at a rest stop on Highway 11 North in Bracebridge, and after a short struggle, both men were placed under arrest.

As a result of a police investigation, they charged 54-year-old David Hutchinson, of Mississauga, and 56-year-old Graziano Ottaviani, of Woodbridge, each with the following offences:

Theft Under $5000 CC334(b)

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime CC354(1)(a)

Possession of Break In Instruments CC351(1)

Resist Peace Officer CC129(a)

Possession of Schedule I Substance (Cocaine) for the Purpose of Trafficking CDSA5(2)

Possession of Schedule I Substance CDSA4(1)

The accused appeared in bail court in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on December 11, 2017 to answer to their charges.

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