Two arrested following Hydro One yard break-in in Oshawa


Published June 5, 2024 at 3:15 pm

Two men are charged with multiple offences after a break-in at an Oshawa Hydro One Transmission Station.

Shortly before 3 a.m. on June 1, two men entered the yard at 2745 Townline Road North, police report. The station sits up in the city’s northern reaches by the border with Clarington. Police say two men entered the facility with break-in tools and were caught on security footage.

The Air 1 police chopper responded to the scene first and monitored the pair until officers could reach the scene on the ground. The ground officers arrested a pair of suspects nearby without further problems.

David Van Der Werf, 34 of Clarington, and Ryan Lawes, 42 of Oshawa, are both charged with;

  • trespassing at night,
  • conspiracy to commit an offence, and
  • possession of break-in instruments,

Van Der Werf is also charged with failure to comply with probation and Lawes is charged with failure to comply with an undertaking. Both have since been released with conditions.

Anyone with information can call police at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1617 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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