By Connor Lynch
PUSLINCH — A spate of thefts in the Township of Puslinch, south of Guelph, are a reminder to farmers that leaving keys in the pickup truck is not without risk.
Seven homes on Farnham road reported property stolen overnight on April 8. A black Chevrolet pickup truck and a black Ford pickup truck were stolen, both with the keys left in them.
About $500 in clothing was stolen from an unlocked vehicle. Tools were stolen from an unlocked barn and the thieves tried to steal two ATVs. Two bicycles were stolen from an unlocked shed, and a small amount of cash stolen from an unlocked home.
On Carter Road, connecting to Farnham, a bicycle was stolen from an unlocked garage and a mini dirt bike was stolen from a barn. At on home, three unlocked vehicles were broken into. An iPad and numerous keys, including house keys, were stolen.
On Arkell Road, the next road east of Farnham, documents were stolen out of one unlocked vehicle and house keys stolen out of another.
Two days later, just north of Guelph, there were more thefts. The thief who took the black Chevrolet evidently found something more to his liking. At 6 a.m., the thief hopped into a 2012 red Chevrolet Silverado that was unlocked and running in front of a house. The owner walked out of his house to find the stolen black pickup truck next to where his Silverado was supposed to be.
Two hours later, OPP were notified that another pickup truck in the area, this time a white 2106 Dodge Ram had been stolen.
“In all cases, the residence, vehicle and outbuildings were left insecure and contained valuables. In some cases, items were stolen that could allow criminals to retarget these homes,” the OPP stated.