Fuel thief’s cross-region crime spree ends in guilty plea: Fort Erie among affected areas

Niagara police sought public assistance last fall in apprehending a suspect involved in a spree of fuel thefts across the region. The thefts spanned from July 29 to November 7, with seven incidents reported across St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls, and Fort Erie.

The suspect, driving an older model blue BMW X5, targeted gas stations, resulting in total losses of $950. Police noted that the individual switched between stolen Ontario licence plates during each incident.

Jeffery Klaver was subsequently arrested and charged for the series of gas-and-dash thefts, and appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines today for sentencing. Klaver pleaded guilty to seven criminal charges, including multiple counts of theft.

The court handed down a 90-day custodial sentence, adjusted for the time already spent in pretrial custody, followed by two years of probation.

At the time of his arrest last November, Klaver was found in possession of stolen licence plates. He was also operating a motor vehicle in violation of a court order issued in Toronto.

Klaver’s legal troubles extend beyond Niagara, with similar outstanding charges in Hamilton and London.

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