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OPP make arrest after pair of vehicles stolen and Spencerville gas station robbed

One vehicle was taken from Ottawa, while the other was stolen from a citizen who was just trying to help a crash victim.
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A 32-year-old man is facing 14 charges in connection with two stolen vehicles and a gas station robbery.

Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police say a crime spree started before noon last Friday, November 23, when officers became aware of a single-vehicle collision on County Road 15, in Woldford Township.

The vehicle had been reported stolen from Ottawa, earlier in the day. 

Before police could get to the scene of the crash, a citizen had stopped to assist the driver. The suspect threatened the citizen with a knife and demanded to be taken somewhere in his truck. 

Police say the victim complied, and drove the suspect toward the town of Kemptville. Shortly after, the suspect released the uninjured citizen on the side of the road, and drove away with the victim's vehicle. 

Police attempted to stop the driver of this second stolen vehicle, but had to give up on the pursuit due to the dangerous driving by the suspect. 

At approximately 12:50 p.m., the suspect attended a gas station, in the village of Spencerville and threatened staff with a knife, stealing alcohol and cigarettes.

The situation came to an end at Rooney Road and Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Township, where the stolen vehicle crashed. Police were then able to move in and make an arrest.

Ronald EBY, 32, of no fixed address, is charged with:

- Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- Flight while pursued by police
- Impaired driving
- Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
- Forcible confinement
- Theft of a motor vehicle over $5,000.
- Armed robbery (2 counts)
- Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 (3 counts)
- Mischief under $5,000
- Fail to comply with a Probation Order
- Breach of Recognizance

The accused was held for bail and will appear before the Brockville Ontario Court of Justice Bail Court.

Grenville County and the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SG&G) OPP, the Grenville County Crime Unit, the OPP Forensic Identification Unit and the Ottawa Police worked together in this investigation. 

Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Belanger at 613-925-4221 or at 1-888-310-1122.

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