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Stolen Lexus recovered and arrest made by new Guelph police BEAT unit

Police also report they found fentanyl, crystal meth and a concealed knife on the suspect
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Just two weeks after it began, the Guelph Police Service’s new Break Enter Auto Theft (BEAT) Unit made a significant arrest Monday.

The investigation began after a Lexus SUV was stolen from a Guelph residence earlier in the morning, police report. This same vehicle was involved in a brief pursuit with uniformed officers shortly after it was stolen.

The BEAT team investigation led them to the stolen Lexus, which was located in an underground parking lot. The investigation identified a particular suspect and he was arrested when he came back to the stolen vehicle.

A search found the keys for the vehicle, approximately $4,000 worth of fentanyl and crystal methamphetamine, $2,000 cash, a digital scale, numerous plastic baggies and as well as a concealed knife.

Further investigation revealed that the male was wanted on several warrants.  A 28-year-old Guelph male was charged with motor vehicle theft, possession of stolen property over $5,000, two counts of possession of controlled substances for the purposes of trafficking, carry a concealed weapon, drive disqualified x 5 and breaches of court orders. He was held for a bail hearing Tuesday.