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New Waterford man remanded into custody following multiple vehicle thefts

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TRURO, N.S. —

A Cape Breton man accused of multiple vehicle thefts, including one belonging to a Shortts Lake man, is to appear in provincial court in Port Hawkesbury on Friday.

Eric Gordon Fraser, 30, of New Waterford is facing several charges following four separate vehicle thefts that began in Inverness County, Cape Breton, and ended up in Truro.

RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said in a news release that the vehicle thefts began last Friday afternoon when the RCMP in Port Hawkesbury responded to a call from a woman that her car had been stolen from a repair shop in Port Hastings. The car had been running outside the shop when it was stolen.

Approximately 10 minutes later, at 3:30 p.m., the Inverness District RCMP responded to a call at a service station in Port Hood after receiving a complaint about a driver leaving without paying for fuel. The vehicle headed north on Highway 19.

The RCMP was then notified at 7:45 p.m. of a suspicious man who came to a home in West Lake Ainslie asking for a ride. He was refused but the residents later saw on their security footage that the man was looking around their vehicles and ducked down every time a vehicle went past their home.

He left on foot heading towards Inverness.

At 7:59 p.m., another resident on West Lake Ainslie Rd. called the RCMP to report a man came to her home and asked to use the phone, as he was having car trouble. He called several numbers but did not speak to anyone.

The woman advised she had a neighbour who might be able to help. Clarke said the man told her that was a good idea and he left on foot. She then heard a truck starting up as the man drove away in her vehicle. The car stolen from Port Hastings was located nearby.

At 8:55 p.m., a member of Chéticamp RCMP noticed the stolen truck heading north on the Cabot Trail. He saw the truck turn into a service station and attempted to block it with his police vehicle. The driver struck the police vehicle and sped out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed travelling south on the Cabot Trail.

Then at 9:10 a.m. Saturday, Colchester District RCMP responded to a call about the theft of another car. A family member of the car’s owner tried to stop it from leaving a parking lot, however, the suspect struck the family member's vehicle with the stolen car and left the area.

At approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, Truro Police responded to a call of an intoxicated man trying to get into cars in the parking lot of a car dealership in Truro. The vehicle stolen from Inverness was found nearby.

The suspect was arrested by a member of the Truro Police Service and turned over to the RCMP.

Fraser has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property over $5,000, mischief under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 and breach of probation.

Fraser was remanded into custody following a brief appearance in provincial court in Truro. He is also scheduled for another court hearing in Port Hawkesbury on Oct. 9 on a number of separate charges.

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