Several guns were recovered by police after they were stolen during a rash of break-ins in Middlesex and Elgin counties. (Photo courtesy of the OPP)

Close to 90 charges laid after thieves target grieving families

A man and a woman from Dutton-Dunwich have been charged after a rash of break-ins occurred while families were away at funerals.

The Ontario Provincial Police warned the public in September of a sudden rise in the number of homes in Middlesex and Elgin counties being burglarized while the owners were attending a funeral service.

As a result of an investigation, police have arrested 45-year-old Krystle Oag and 55-year-old Ian Scott.  Both have been charged with 16 counts each of possession of property obtained by crime, 18 counts of possession of a firearm obtained by crime, four counts of careless storage of a firearm obtained by crime, three counts of possession of a prohibited device, and one count of removing vehicle identification number

Oag is additionally charged with break and enter, obstructing a peace officer and possession of break-in instruments.

Several items from the break-ins have since been recovered, including a large number of guns.

Anyone with further information regarding these incidents or those with outstanding property is asked to contact the Elgin County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).