Arrests made in a series of thefts throughout Fort Frances


After a rash of incidents in the Fort Frances area, the OPP wants to make residents aware of ways to prevent property theft.

Between Sept. 23 and 25, officers were called to instances of shoplifting, theft of money from a car, and a report of a male suspect going through people’s mailboxes. The mailbox suspect is described as “Male, approximately 5’5” tall, stocky build, wearing a ball cap, work pants and a backpack.” Police are looking for any helpful information in these investigations.

On Sept. 26, officers were alerted to a car robbery on Christie Ave. North. Homeowners called police when they noticed a male suspect and two female suspects breaking into their car. The resident confronted the robbers and one of the suspects threatened him with a knife before running away. A police dog was used to search the area but they didn’t return any results. Police currently have positive leads and are continuing to investigate.

In another incident a resident contacted the OPP when she heard a man banking on the side of her RV. The man proceeded to break the RV’s side mirror. While officers were on scene quickly the suspect got away. The suspect in the incident is described as: “Male, between the ages of 18 and 22, heavy set and about 6’ tall. He was wearing jeans and a hoodie and carrying a backpack.

In another incident on the same day, a resident on the 700 block of Morrison Ave. called police to advise that their unlocked car had been gone through and the car’s registration, some over the counter medication and personal belongings were taken from the vehicle. Police continue to look for leads in this case.

On Sep. 27 at 3:16 in the morning officers on foot patrol near the 1000 block of Walker Ave. witnessed two women trespassing on different properties attempting to access garages and cars. The officers confronted the women and placed them under arrest only to find an additional male suspect coming out of a property. He was also arrested as he was recognized from another “break, enter, and theft occurrence.” The three suspects have been charged with a count each of “Possession of Stolen Property,” and “Trespass by Night” the man and one of the women were also re-arrested on outstanding Bench Warrants for charges from a Break and Enter on Aug. 16, 2021. They have now been released on an undertaking; the other woman was held for a bail hearing on Sept. 27.

The suspects at the time were pulling a wagon with them as they moved from house to house stealing property. Among recovered possessions were hand saws, power saws, drills, duffle bags, tool boxes, credit and debit cards, computer docking stations, beer, pliers, pop, money and clothing. The OPP continue to try to reunite the stolen property with its owners.

The OPP said: “Members of the public are reminded to secure vehicles and personal belongings when not in use. Sergeant Ann McEwen advised, “police will continue to focus their patrols on suspicious activity however it takes a community to work together to prevent crime. The OPP remind the public to “Lock It or Lose It!”. Do not leave personal belongings unattended and keep vehicles, garages and homes locked when not in use”.

If you have information about this or any other crime, please contact the OPP at

1(888)310-1122 or Crimestoppers at


(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON)- Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are requesting assistance from the public in locating Angela WESLEY, 38 years old, from Cat Lake First Nation.  

Angela Wesley was reported missing on September 25, 2021. She was last seen on September 23, 2021, near Hour Lake, Cat Lake First Nation. Nishnawbi-Aski Police Service (NAPS) has engaged the assistance of the OPP to locate the missing female. NAPS officers and members of the OPP Emergency Response Team, Provincial Liaison Team, and Northwest Crime Unit have been dispatched to the area to aid in the search effort.

Angela Wesley is described as First Nations female, 5’6″ with a medium build and long straight black hair. She was last seen wearing black sweat pants and a black hoodie sweater.  

If you have had any contact with Angela Wesley or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS). Police and family are concerned for her safety.


(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) – Members of the Sioux Lookout Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are requesting assistance from the public in locating Rance Ronnelle CARDINAL, 27 years old, from Sioux Lookout.

CARDINAL is described as an indigenous male, 5’7″ tall and 165lbs with brown eyes, medium/athletic build and short black hair shaved into the form of a mohawk. He was believed to be wearing a black Helly Hansen jacket, black knee length shorts, black and grey Reebok shoes and large camouflage over-the-head ear phones.

CARDINAL was last seen walking outside the area of Millar Crescent at approximately 5:15pm on Saturday September 25, 2021.  

Police are concerned for the wellbeing of this individual. Anyone who has information related to the whereabouts of this individual is asked to contact the OPP at 807-737-2020 or call 1-888-310-1122.


Accused in custody

(KENORA, ON) – An individual has been charged after a serious assault in KENORA over the weekend.

On Sept 25, 2021 at 3:50 pm the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was advised of an assault that occurred on Main Street in the downtown area. 

Police and Emergency Medical Services attended the scene and located a 66 year old individual with serious injuries. The victim was transported to hospital where the injuries were upgraded to life threatening and the victim was flown to Winnipeg for additional treatment.

OPP officers later located and arrested an individual at the Lake of the Woods Hospital.

A 43-year-old Fort Frances man has been charged with Aggravated Assault. The accused was remanded into custody after a bail hearing on Sept 26, 2021.

The investigation by Kenora Detachment members and Forensic Identification Services (FIS), is continuing under the direction of the North West Region Crime Unit.

Members of the public who have information regarding this investigation are urged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or can provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Crime Stoppers tips can also be submitted on-line at . You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.