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Three Cobourg residents have been charged with multiple counts of break and enter and Police believe they have caught the criminals responsible for a wave of crime in Cobourg over the past couple of months.  The three charged are believed to be responsible for break-ins at several hair salons in Cobourg and Port Hope where they also trashed some of the premises.  The crime spree was not just Cobourg and Port Hope – there were also “Break and Enters” in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and in OPP Detachment areas.  Today, Police took the unusual step of announcing their success in a Press briefing at Cobourg Police Station.  Police from Cobourg, Port Hope, Peterborough and Belleville cooperated in the investigation.

The three charged are:

  • Gerald Cooper, 47 yrs, of Cobourg - over 65 charges including breach of probation – remains in custody.
  • Cindy Cooper, 43 yrs, of Cobourg - now out on bail
  • Patrick Quinlin, 40 yrs, of Cobourg - now out on bail

The investigation was helped by the publicity received and the posts on social media placed by hair salon owners and others.  In announcing the arrests, Police Chief Kai Lui said that the Police took it personally and credited their success to the “one unified team” of police services and help from the Public.  He said that both uniformed and non-uniformed Police were involved.  OPP Detachment Commander Lisa Darling and Port Hope Police Chief Bryant Wood also addressed the “press” but Cobourg Sergeant Police Jeff SheilsJeff Sheils provided the details (photo at right).  He provided more information than usual and although he did not say what the “ongoing investigation” was about and did not provide “operational tactics”,  nevertheless, what he did say was interesting.  Below is a transcript (slightly edited) of his presentation:

Presentation by Jeff Sheils:

Three accused persons are now before the courts in relation to this investigation.

Charges have been laid in relation to:

  • Cobourg: 15 incidents
  • Kawartha Lakes: 2 incidents
  • OPP: 8 incidents across 4 detachment areas
  • Peterborough: 5 Incidents
  • Port Hope: 2 incidents

Investigative Assistance was also provided from officers in Belleville.

Investigation continues in regards to these incidents.

Over the last couple of months, Police Services across several adjacent jurisdictions have been plagued by multiple break and enter incidents, along with other criminal offences, such as theft of motor vehicles.

In particular, hair salons were targeted in many break and enters.

Information exchange between the involved Police Services resulted in potential persons of interest to investigate.

While we don't usually elaborate on police operational tactics, I can advise that the use of specially trained officers, enhanced investigative tactics, increased deterrent patrol efforts and electronic means were put in place, to protect our communities.

The Arrests

On August 30, 2017, just after midnight, Cobourg Police were advised of a Break and Enter that had just occurred in Port Hope.

Officers were provided with a license plate of the vehicle involved, and a description of the car.  This vehicle was believed to have been stolen in the OPP's jurisdiction.

As well, information was provided that two males were in the vehicle, along with a female. A description of the female vehicle occupant was also provided. She was recognized by Cobourg Police officers as one of the accused in this incident, Cindy Cooper.

Cobourg Police attended at a King Street East location, where the female suspect was believed to be residing. At about 0150 hours, the female accused in this incident arrived at this residence in a vehicle.

The two co-accused males, Gerald Cooper and Patrick Quinlin, were also in the vehicle at the time.

All three parties were arrested.

Sergeant Sheils continued with the statement that:

As a result of the numerous investigations by the respective Police Services, multiple break and enters along with other Criminal Code offences have been resolved.

Note that Gerald Cooper was charged with being in breach of his probation – that possibly relates to his arrest on Nov 26, 2006 on two counts of assault and three counts of breach of recognizance (see first link below).

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