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‘Storm’ reunited with his family – two face criminal charges

March 25, 2015   ·   0 Comments

On Wednesday March 18th Shelburne Police entered into an investigation for a purebred 6 year old Boxer stolen from a commercial area.
The dog owner let his boxer named Storm out in the area of his workplace, Early’s Machining on Steeles Street, to go to the washroom. When Storm didn’t return the owner went looking for him. Unable to find Storm he started asking around when he found a witness who advised they saw the family pet taken into a SUV.
The early investigation included locating and interviewing witnesses, and viewing local business security video footage.
However the investigation took an interesting turn as a result of Storm’s family listing him missing on social media. The pet’s family was notified by a woman from the London area who had a Want Ad listed on Kijiji for a purebred boxer. This woman responded to the ad and then contacted the pet owner family with a picture of the dog being sold by the third party. The pet owners were convinced that the dog in the picture was Storm. The woman from London arranged a meeting to view the dog in the Proton Station area, northwest of Shelburne on Friday March 20th.
In the meantime, the pet owner’s family got a phone call from a person claiming they have their dog and wanted to be paid for his return.
Shelburne Police accompanied members of Storm’s family to the pre-arranged meeting place near Proton Station. As a result Storm was happily re-united with his family, and the continuing investigation resulted in two people from Grey Highlands being arrested.
37 year old Malgorzta Sztylka was arrested and charged under the Criminal Code with Extortion, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.
67 year old Jerzy Sztylka was arrested and charged under the Criminal Code with Theft under $5000 and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.
The two accused have a first appearance court date in April at the Orangeville Court House.
If anyone has any information in relation to this case or any other criminal activity, they are encouraged to contact the Shelburne Police Service at 519-925-3312 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestopperssdm.com

         

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