Cops move fast, maybe a little too fast (March 01, 2002)

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BELLEVILLE, Ont. – A rash of recent trailer thefts in the Quinte region is being blamed for a hasty response to another possible cargo heist.

At about 6:45 p.m. on an early January eve, Belleville police threw a dragnet around the travelling rig – which was reported stolen by the firm’s security guard only minutes earlier.

A late model Freightliner cab was pulling a flat-bed trailer south on Pinnacle Street and just about to enter the intersection at Bridge Street – this location is just mere blocks from the local police headquarters – when it was intercepted by a half-dozen police cruisers.

Amid the flashing lights and wailing sirens, the driver was yanked from the cab, handcuffed and detained in the back of a squad car while police were briefed by the security guard, who had jumped in his own vehicle and followed the truck from Mor-Co Carriers Ltd. on Wallbridge-Loyalist Road.

The trucker was quickly released, however, as police soon learned the truck belonged to Barry Swan Specialities Inc., of Bloomfield, Ont. and was not stolen at all. A trailer, including tens of thousands of dollars in contents, and a cab were stolen in two separate incidents from Meyers Transport Ltd. over that weekend.

Police also just recovered a tractor-trailer reported stolen Jan. 6 from a Harmony Road resident. Thieves made off with thousands of pounds of steel and brass.

The thefts are the latest in a long series of heists that began to mount in early 2000 and have continued for the last two years, to the frustration of OPP and municipal forces in the area. n

Limestone City to take over part of transport facility

KINGSTON, Ont. – The City of Kingston will spend $25 million on infrastructure over the next year and a portion of that will be tied to relocating the city works department.

The plan is to acquire part of the Ministry of Transportation’s Counter Street property to centralize the city department there. As well, a number of small waterfront lots will be reclaimed from the federal government. The spending for infrastructure upgrades is twice that of last year, Mayor Isabel Turner reports.

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