Charges laid and suspect wanted in ongoing commercial break-and-enter investigations

York Regional Police investigators have charged a 34-year-old man and are seeking an additional suspect following commercial break and enters in the Towns of Newmarket, Aurora and East Gwillimbury.

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Jan. 15, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Yonge Street and Orchard Heights Boulevard in the Town of Aurora. As the vehicle and driver were being investigated, the officer noticed there were two licence plates bolted together on the rear of the vehicle, causing the first plate to be obstructed. As the investigation continued, it was discovered the licence plates were stolen and the driver was placed under arrest.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, investigators located tools commonly used in break and enters, as well as stolen property linking the accused to 12 commercial break and enters that recently occurred in the area.

Investigators have released pictures of the accused (Fraser Steele) and the wanted suspect (Jason Cooney) as they believe that the pair may be responsible for additional commercial break and enters. They are also appealing for any information on the whereabouts of the wanted suspect.

Fraser Steele, 34, has been charged with 12 counts of break and enter, three counts of possession of property obtained by crime and possession of break-and-enter instruments. He has been held in custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Jan. 23.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7141, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online at 1800222tips.com.

Photo: (Charged) Fraser Steele, left, and (wanted) Jason Cooney. York Regional Police photos

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