Prolific Thief of Laptops from Oakville Offices Arrested

Prolific Thief of Laptops from Oakville Offices Arrested
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Detective Sergeant Paul Foley

Detective Sergeant Paul Foley

Paul Foley is a Detective Sergeant with the Halton Regional Police Services. He works in the District 2 Criminal Investigations Bureau.

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The Halton Regional Police Service has arrested a 32 year old Mississauga man for having broken into office buildings and stolen approximately $24,000 worth of laptops.

Dating back to April 2019, the Halton Regional Police Service has received ten reports of thefts involving a suspect who was stealing laptops after having broken into office buildings across the Town of Oakville.  On numerous occasions, the suspect managed to enter the building undetected and slip away carrying several laptops.  The thefts would only be reported to the police the following business day when workers would realise their laptops were missing.

Some of the office buildings were equipped with video surveillance which helped the investigators identify the thief as a 32 year-old from Mississauga.  Investigators used a variety of investigative techniques in order to track the suspect, who was staying at a hotel in Mississauga.

On July 3, 2019,  He was placed under arrest exiting the hotel and found to be in possession of five laptops stolen from the night before.  The suspect was taken to the Oakville police station where he was held into custody pending a bail hearing.

Investigators are now making attempts to identify exactly where the suspect was unloading the stolen laptops in efforts to return stolen property to the rightful owners.

A 32 year-old male from Mississauga has been charged with:

  • Break and enter commit theft
  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • Possession of break-in instruments
  • Fail to comply with probation order


Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Constable Matt Duncan of the Halton Regional Police Service’s 2 District (Oakville) Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2259.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



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