Bobcat Robbery: Oakville Man Charged

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On Tuesday June 20, 2017 at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers from the Halton Regional Police and Peel Police Services responded to the area of Winston Churchill Boulevard and Lakeshore Road East on the Oakville – Mississauga border for a report of a possible Bobcat robbery. Initial investigation confirmed that two victims had been robbed by a male they had arranged to meet.

Further investigation revealed that, earlier that day, one of the victims allegedly stole a Bobcat from a commercial premise on Wyecroft Road in Oakville. The Bobcat was then towed to the area of Winston Churchill Boulevard and Lakeshore Road East where it was to be turned over to the aforementioned male.

At this point the male, that the two victims intended to meet and did meet with, indicated he had a gun and robbed both victims of their wallets and phones before instructing them to drop the Bobcat off at a nearby location. The male then fled on foot. One of the victims ran to a nearby restaurant and called 911.

Both police services attended. Officers from the Canine and Tactical Rescue Units joined in the search for the male who fled on foot but were unable to locate him. The investigation was then turned over to members of HRPS’ Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau.

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at approximately 12:20 p.m., officers located and arrested the suspect of the Bobcat robbery at the Oakville GO station.

Jason MORRISON (42 years) of Toronto has been charged with Robbery (2 counts). He was held in custody for a bail hearing at Milton Court on June 22, 2017.

Michael KWIAS (36 years) of Oakville was charged with Theft over $5000 and Possession of Property by Crime over $5000 in connection with the theft of the Bobcat. He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Milton Court on July 26, 2017.

Anyone who may have any information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825 4747 ext. 2216, Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS, through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca or by texting “Tip 201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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