Cobourg man faces 42 charges in series of smash-and-grab robberies across Durham Region


Published August 24, 2022 at 7:40 pm

A man from Cobourg is up on more than 40 charges so far  after a string of smash-and-grab robberies across Cobourg, Durham and York Regions.

A victim tracked down their stolen laptop to a home in Cobourg. On August 11, the victim informed the Cobourg Police Service who then launched an investigation.

Officer went out the the house and found the laptop inside a car on the property. After getting a search warrant, police raided the car and found not only the laptop, but $38,000 in stolen goods.

Police found 13 laptops and tablets, numerous government-issued identification cards, cheques, and banking and tax documents that did not belong to the car owner.

Cobourg cops reached out their colleagues in Durham and York Regions. During a collaborative investigation they discovered the good had been stolen from cars at various golf courses in  “Smash-and-Grab” thefts and stolen from mailboxes across the jurisdictions.

Roderick Newman, 30 of Cobourg, is charged with 42 offences including;

  • 19 counts of possession of stolen property under $5,ooo,
  • 11 counts of possession of property stolen from the mail
  • three counts of possession of a forged document,
  • two counts of possession of property over $5,000, and
  • possession of a schedule one drug

Newman remained in custody until a bail hearing on August 23. Durham Regional Police and York Regional Police have yet to file charges, but are expected to soon.

Anyone with information pertinent to this investigation can call  905-372-6821 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.


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