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ATIKOKAN, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  May 2, 2021  (LSN)  Members of the Atikokan Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have investigated several break and enters that occurred between 22 - 24 April 2021. As a result of police investigation, Joshua VERAN, age 32 of Atikokan, ON has been arrested and charged with numerous criminal offences.   

The first occurrence took place on 22 April 2021 when VERAN attempted a break into a garage located on Maple Crescent in Atikokan, ON. VERAN failed to gain entry to the building, however, he damaged a window screen in the process and stole a gas can from the property. 

The second occurrence took place on 24 April 2021 when an Atikokan resident caught VERAN inside his unlocked residential porch. VERAN was in found stealing grow light bulbs and a ballast.

The third occurrence took place on 24 April 2021 when three Atikokan residents caught VERAN stealing a bicycle in the area of the Atikokan Post Office. When the three residents confronted VERAN, he responded by brandishing a knife and brass knuckles while threatening them with violence.   

Joshua VERAN is charged with:

  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, contrary to s. 88 of the Criminal Code.
  • Robbery with violence, contrary to s. 343(a) of the Criminal Code.
  • Unauthorized Possession of Weapon x 2, contrary to s. 91(2) of the Criminal Code.
  • Possession Break In Instruments, contrary to s. 351(1) of the Criminal Code.
  • Failure to Comply with Release Order - Other Than to Attend Court , contrary to s. 145 (5)(a) of the Criminal Code.
  • Mischief under $5000.00, contrary to s. 430(4) of the Criminal Code.
  • Theft under $5000.00, contrary to s. 334(b) of the Criminal Code.
  • Break enter and commit indictable offence, contrary to s. 348(1)(b) Criminal Code.
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, contrary to s. 354(1)(a) Criminal Code.
  • Uttering threats, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

VERAN remains in custody and scheduled to appear before the Atikokan Court of Justice on 06 May 2021.   


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