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Ottawa police searching for jewelry thief after multiple stores robbed

Investigators have identified the suspect, but need help finding him.
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John Borrens, 45, of Ottawa. Photo/ Ottawa Police Service

A 45-year-old Ottawa man is wanted by the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) after five different jewelry stores in the city had expensive rings stolen.

The incidents happened between March 19 and October 25. Police say, in each robbery, a lone man posed as a customer and then made off with expensive rings.

OPS investigators have identified John Borrens as the person responsible for these thefts.

Borrens is wanted on charges of:

  • Theft over $5,000 (five counts)
  • Breach of probation (11 counts)
  • Breach recognizance

He is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • 5' 7'' (170 cm) 
  • 119 lbs (54 kg) 
  • Brown hair with grey at the sides

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Borrens is asked to call the Ottawa Police Service West Criminal Investigations Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 2666.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at

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