The Cobourg Police Service recently reported that several parking meters have been vandalized. The meters had either been completely removed or only the mechanism that holds the coin was vandalized.
In the early hours of Thursday, August 29, 2019, uniform patrol officers and members of the Criminal Investigations Branch were actively patrolling the downtown area in an attempt to locate and arrest those responsible for the thefts and damage of the parking meters. At approximately 1:15 am, officers observed a man discard a suitcase in the Queen Street and McGill Street area. Officers checked inside the suitcase and located parts and pieces to several parking meters.
38-year-old William Hadley of Cobourg was arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code Offences:
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 – section 355(b) of the Criminal Code x4
- Theft Under $5000 – section 334 (b) of the Criminal Code x4
- Mischief Under $5000 – section 430 (4) of the Criminal Code x4
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order– section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code x4
Hadley was held for a bail hearing scheduled for later today and additional charges may be forthcoming.
The Cobourg Police Service and the Town of Cobourg are encouraging everyone to report any suspicious or criminal activity. If you have information that may help with this investigation or any others, please call Cobourg Police Service or anonymously on the Crime Stoppers "Hot Line", available to callers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Evidence found in Hadley's suitcase