Five arrests in a break and enter at former St. Catharines Hospital


Niagara police were called to  a break and enter at a nearby business Saturday morning just before 7:00 in the Queenston Street area.

Reports suggested the suspects possibly fled into the site of the former St. Catharines General Hospital.

Police set up a perimeter around the property and with the assistance of canine unit, five men were found inside the building.

An investigation found the five men were not involved in the original break and enter but were attempting to steal items from inside the old hospital

Kyle Rice, 32, Paul Ecker, 54, Shawn Mayhew, 39, and Mark Freeman, 55, all from Niagara Falls, were each charged with break and enter into a non-dwelling place with intent.

Rice was also charged with possession of break and enter tools and failing to comply with a recognizance of bail.

Ecker was also charged with breach of probation and two counts of failing to comply with recognizance of bail.

Mayhew faces an additional charge of disobeying a court order.

Jameson Cooper, 36, of no fixed address was also charged with break and enter into a non- dwelling place with intent and breach of probation.

The hospital has been empty since 2013.