Suspect in Brockville, Smiths Falls robberies arrested

In this Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 photo provided by SD&G O.P.P., a suspect is caught on surveillance video during an armed robbery at a convenience store in Iroquois, Ont. Smiths Falls police say a suspect has been arrested in connection to this robbery and several others in Eastern Ontario. (SD&G O.P.P. via Newswatch Group)

SMITHS FALLS, Ont. – A suspect, believed to be responsible for a crime spree across Eastern Ontario, has been arrested.

Dylan James Scremin, 23, of Kitchener, Ont. was arrested in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, where he was found driving a truck which had been reported stolen in Ottawa.

Scremin is charged with robbery using a firearm, disguise with intent, carrying a concealed weapon and a number of court breaches.

Smiths Falls investigators picked up the case Jan. 11, 2017 after a clerk was robbed of cash and cigarettes at the Quickie convenience store on Beckwith Street North.

With the help of Cobourg police and the SD&G O.P.P., they believe the accused was involved in a crime spree which included robberies in Ottawa, Iroquois, Brockville and Cobourg.

On Jan. 13, 2017, the Mac’s Milk on Plaza Drive in Iroquois was held up at gunpoint where two suspects got away with cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes.

Smiths Falls Police Const. Aaron Tompkins told Brockville Newswatch that Scremin is being held in the Waterloo area until his proceedings and charges are completed there.

Other jurisdictions, including Smiths Falls Police and the SD&G O.P.P., would have outstanding warrants and would act on them once the court proceedings in Kitchener-Waterloo are complete.

“It’s just a matter of who they (Kitchener-Waterloo Police) call first, say do you want to return him, and, yes, we’re in a position to return him to Smiths Falls,” Tompkins said.

Tompkins said that Scremin would have to appear in each court in each jurisdiction to answer to various charges.