Locking your car doors is extremely important according to the Timmins Police Service.

Police say on Saturday, someone stole a wallet from an unlocked vehicle and use the credit cards at various stores in town. Officers say they found and arrested a 24-year-old suspect. TPS says the man had methamphetamine and oxycodone tablets on hand during the arrest. The man is facing a total of six charges including:

– Possession of Property
– Two counts of Fraudulent Use of Credit Card
– Fail to Comply with Probation Order
– Two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance

The man is in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

Communications Coordinator Marc Depatie says you have to make sure your doors are locked, especially if you leave anything in your car. “The vital pieces of identification you have in your wallet, if it falls into the wrong hands, any number of credit cards can be generated from that information. Especially if it has a date of birth, SIN number, all these relevant pieces of ID that make you who you are.”

Depatie says this situation serves as an unfortunate reminder to the rest of the public. “We can’t dwell on this enough that locking your vehicle is vitally important. Locked doors send a very strong message to petty thieves.”

Depatie says police will do what they can to eliminate crime, but you have to do what you can to harden the target and make themselves less prone to becoming a victim.