Hamilton, Ontario,

Erratic Driving Leads to Recovery of Stolen Van

A concerned citizen contacted police after observing a minivan being driven in an erratic manner. After exiting the vehicle, one of the occupants was located in a nearby store and arrested. He was found to be in possession of an illicit drug and evidence to support his involvement with the vehicle, which was stolen. He was charged accordingly.

During Wednesday, July 17, at 10:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 18, at 8:30 a.m., a 2015 white Dodge Caravan was stolen while parked in front of the owner’s residence, located in the area of Edgemont Street South and King Street East.

On Thursday, July 18, 2019, shortly after 8:00 p.m., police received information about a white Dodge Caravan being driven erratically in the parking lot of 675 Upper James Street. The licence plate provided to police identified the van as being stolen. As the vehicle parked, two occupants a male and female exited and appeared to be unsteady on their feet as they entered the onsite department store.

Hamilton Police attended the area and located the male involved inside the store. He was arrested and during a search, he was found to be in possession of key a fob for the van, drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of Fentanyl.

Through investigation, police learned the male may have had a recent interaction with the Fentanyl. As a precaution, he was transported to the hospital for observation.

The male was subsequently released with two future court dates related to the criminal code offence of possession of stolen property over $5000 and the possession of illicit drugs. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

The registered owner was contacted and advised of the vehicle recovery.


  • 32-year-old male of no fixed address


  • Possession over $5000
  • Possession of controlled substance-Fentanyl

If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime you are asked to contact the Division Three Staff Sergeant’s Office by calling 905-546-3886.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com