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Elliot Lake man accused of driving over his truck with stolen skidder

The log skidder was reported missing late last week, police say
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File photo supplied by the Ontario Provincial Police

On Aug. 14, 2020, members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began an investigation involving a stolen pickup truck in the Hat Lake area, approximately 65 km north of the City of Elliot Lake. The investigation evolved when, a day later, a log skidder was reported stolen from a forestry business also in the Hat Lake area.  

The investigation has since determined that a pickup truck had been driven on the logging road in the Hat Lake area and later became stuck on a bridge. The driver of the pickup then attended a forestry business property and took a log skidder to remove the pickup truck from the bridge. Once at the scene, the suspect lost control of the log skidder and ran over his pickup truck.   

The owner then called police to report his pickup truck stolen.  

As a result of the investigation, Gaetan Henry, 36 years-of-age from Elliot Lake, was charged with: 

  • Theft over $5,000 of a motor vehicle, contrary to section 334(a) of the Criminal Code (CC); and with  
  • Public mischief, contrary to section 140(1)(c) of the CC.   

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Elliot Lake on Oct. 6, 2020.