Alleged meat bandits charged

Windsor Police SUV logo. Blackburn News file photo.

Two Windsor residents are facing charges after allegedly stealing a vehicle filled with meat.

On the night of December 14, a commercial van was reported missing from Glengarry Avenue. According to police the van had been left running, unattended and contained over $5,000 in boxed meat marked with a company logo.

The following morning police responded to a call near the intersection of Langlois Avenue and Cataraqui Street for a report of a vehicle blocking an alleyway.

Through investigation, officers discovered that the vehicle blocking the alley was the stolen commercial van. All of the meat was missing from the van.

Officers searched the area and located the keys to the vehicle and an empty box of meat. Police also noticed another box with the company logo outside of a house on Cataraqui Street. In the residence’s backyard, a stolen motorcycle and an e-bike were also located. During the search of the residence, a box of stolen meat and a prohibited knife were seized.

The involved suspects were located and arrested without incident.

Mitchell Larocque, 36, is charged with theft over $5,000, three charges of possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of a prohibited weapon and failure to comply with probation.

Claudia Bowes, 29, is charged with $5,000, three charges of possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of a prohibited weapon.

Windsor police are reminding residents of the importance of removing ignition keys from unattended vehicles.