Inverness man arrested in Truro after a rash of vehicles thefts


A 30-year-old man from Inverness is facing several charges following four separate vehicle thefts from Inverness County to Colchester County.

A car was stolen from a repair shop in Port Hastings after it was left running Friday afternoon and police say it was involved in a gas-and-dash from a service station in Port Hood just minutes after the theft was reported.

Later that night, police received a report of a suspicious man at a home in West Lake Ainslie who asked for a ride and refused, but was later spotted on the homeowner's security footage looking around their vehicles.

Minutes later at 7:59 p.m., RCMP were told a man went to another home on West Lake Ainslie Road and asked to use the phone as he had car trouble, phoning several numbers but not speaking to anyone.

After the man left, the homeowner heard a truck starting up and the man driving away in their vehicle, with the car stolen from Port Hastings located nearby.

The stolen truck was spotted by a member of the Chéticamp RCMP an hour later on the Cabot Trail trying to turn in to a service station and tried to block it, but the driver struck the police vehicle and sped out of the parking lot heading south.

RCMP were contacted at 9:48 p.m. and told that the stolen truck was at the Inverness Raceway and another vehicle was stolen.

At 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, Colchester District RCMP responded to a call of a theft of a car and the vehicle stolen from the Inverness Raceway was left there.

A family member of the owner of the car tried to stop it from leaving a parking lot, but the suspect struck the family member's vehicle with the stolen car and left the area.

Around 4 p.m. 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 and the suspect was arrested

Eric Gordon 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.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.