A group of seven people are facing nearly 70 charges combined following a police investigation into 80 break-and-enters throughout southwestern Ontario. Waterloo Regional Police allege that the majority of the break-ins occurred within Waterloo Region. Included in that number is a series of incidents in which stolen vehicles were used to break into buildings like Fairview Park Mall, The Aud and the Stampede Corral, after which ATMs were stolen or attempted to be stolen.
According to police, the group is linked to a total of 53 break-ins in Waterloo Region, and 27 others in other parts of southern Ontario, stretching as far as Toronto and Niagara Region.
Most of the charges they face relate to breaking and entering, vehicular theft, possession of stolen property, dangerous driving, theft, mischief and obstructing police.
In total, police allege, the group is responsible for stealing $870,000 worth of vehicles, causing $400,000 worth of damage to businesses, and stealing $70,000 in cash from ATMs.