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Tire tracks, footprints lead police to break-in suspect: OPP

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Police have arrested a break and enter suspect after matching and tracking tire tracks and footprints near Bruce Mines.

In a news release issued today, East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) allege that Matthew Goodmurphy of Plummer Additional Township broke into a residence on Cloudslee Road early yesterday morning.

The accused was apprehended at another residence not far from the scene.

Full text of the OPP news release follows:

PLUMMER ADDITIONAL TOWNSHIP - On Feb. 16, 2021 at approximately 6 a.m., East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a break and enter that occurred sometime overnight at a residence on Cloudslee Road in Plummer Additional Township.

Investigation determined the suspect gained access to the house by forced entry through a door. Police observed of fresh tire tracks, footwear impressions, and drag marks in the snow.

A short time after, police attended another residence on Cloudslee Road and matched the tire tracks of a vehicle parked in the yard and fresh boot impressions in snow. The same drag marks were also observed in the snow coming from the vehicle leading to the residence. The homeowner was cooperative with police and a person was arrested from inside the residence.

As a result of the investigation, Matthew Goodmurphy, 22 years of age from Plummer Additional Township, was charged with:
    •    Possession property obtained by crime under $5,000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC),
    •    Break, enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence (two counts), contrary to section 348(1)(a) of the CC,
    •    Failure to comply with release order - other than to attend court, contrary to section 145(5)(a) of the CC.

The accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice Video Bail in Blind River on Feb. 17, 2021 and was remanded into custody.