Two men have been arrested in connection to thefts from butcher shops in the Peterborough area.
According to police, a break and enter occurred at Smokey Joe’s Butcher Shop in Selwyn Township on Jan. 11.
“The suspects stole approximately $45,000 worth of meat and caused an additional $20,000 worth of damage in spoiled product,” reads a media release.
“A similar break and enter occurred at Otonabee Meat Packers on Jan. 19 and again on Jan. 20. The suspects stole approximately $40,000 worth of meat and caused an additional $8,000 worth of damage in spoiled product.”
Two commercial meat slicers, valued at $8,000, were also reportedly stolen.
Police announced Wednesday (Jan. 29) that two men had been arrested in connection with this ongoing investigation.
Dean Prentice, 40, of Lindsay has been charged with two counts of break and enter, possession of property obtained by crime – over $5,000 and trafficking in property in property obtained by crime – over $5,000.
Terry Watson, 55, of Douro-Dummer has been charged with possession of stolen property – over $5,000.
“Search warrants have been executed at several address in multiple jurisdictions and have also recovered approximately $100,000 in stolen property unrelated to the butcher shop thefts,” reads a media release.
“Peterborough OPP investigators are offering an amnesty to members of the public who may have, unknowingly, purchased stolen meat and are asking they come forward.”
Police noted that Otonabee Meat Packers and Smokey Joe’s Butcher Shop, with the approval of the Bay of Quinte Mutual Insurance Company, have decided to donate all recovered usable product to the local food bank, the Peterborough Zoo and area humane societies.
“Investigators are actively looking for information that may lead to further suspects in these cases,” the media release reads.
Anyone with information on these incidents are asked to Peterborough County OPP at 705-742-0401, the non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).