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OPP looking for person in Hawkesbury theft of rental equipment

Police say about $300,000 worth of equipment has been taken in Hawkesbury and areas in Quebec.

The Hawkesbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is investigating a report of a theft of rental equipment from a local business.

The rental store reported the theft on February 6, when the items were not returned. 

The investigation showed that a man used a fake ID to rent the following items of a total value of over $279,000:

  • Excavator, Kubota model U35-4G
  • Skid Steer, make ASV, model RT50
  • Sky Jack platform 8841
  • Sky Jack platform SJ7127
  • Concrete saw, make Hilti, model DSH700
  • Concrete saw, make Husqvarna, model K970
  • Vibrating plate, make Weber, model CR8
  • Heater, make Tradesman, model K175

On February 7, the investigation led the Surete du Quebec to execute a search warrant in Saint-Roch-De-l'Achigan, Quebec, with the assistance of the Hawkesbury OPP Crime Unit. 

The search resulted in the recovery of five stolen excavators, including the Kubota Excavator stolen in Hawkesbury, for a total value of $300,000. 

The other four Excavators were rented from other stores in the Province of Quebec. 

All the remaining items described above are still outstanding. 

The person of interest is described as:

  • Man
  • Approximately 5' 11" 
  • Full beard
  • Between 30 and 40 years old
  • French and English speaking
  • Wearing a black construction-type jacket with a grey hoodie underneath


  • Black Dodge Ram pickup truck
  • Heavy Duty 
  • Crew cab 
  • Dual rear wheels
  • Pulling a flatbed type trailer.

Anyone who has information about the identity or knows the whereabouts of this person of interest, please contact the Hawkesbury OPP at 613-632-2729 or 1-888-310-1122.

If you have any information and wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


Mike Vlasveld

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