A mother and son from London, Ont., are facing a long list of charges in connection with a series of break-ins at Niagara businesses, including four locations in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Niagara Regional Police detectives investigating a series of linked commercial break and enters in NOTL, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls arrested two people on Saturday, July 22.
Four small businesses in NOTL were among those hit during the overnight early-morning thefts: York Barber Lounge in St. Davids, Handmade Presence and the Garrison House in the Garrison Village plaza, and Bliss Aveda Salon in Virgil.
Police said the “smash and grab” style break-ins happened on July 5 in NOTL and on July 14 and 15 in Niagara Falls. The St. Catharines incidents were June 30 and July 10, investigators said.
In the break-ins, the culprits broke windows to gain entry. The incidents resulted in the loss of thousands of dollars in merchandise and damage to property, police said.
Dominick Matthew Waindubence, 19, faces nine counts of break and enter, theft from automobile under $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and mischief under $5,000.
His mother, Tonya Marie Waindubence, 43, is charged with break and enter and possession of stolen property under $5,000.
The charges are also related to a smash and grab of a parked car in NOTL, police said.
Items stolen in the crime spree included cash, cash registers, video game consoles and games, and cellphones.