The incident started on Sep. 1 when the residents arranged for a family friend to house sit for them while they went on holiday. The house sitter had a friend stay in the home during the same period, apparently with the permission of the homeowners.
The friend, a 22-year-old Sarnia man, was said to have staged a break and enter to the house just prior to the vacationing family's return.
The Sarnia Police Forensic Identification Branch processed the scene and it was determined by an astute officer that things were not what they appeared to be.
It came to light during the investigation that the 22-year-old man had located the safe, opened it and removed its contents which was mostly cash. The suspect then went on a spending spree throughout the city purchasing food, gas, clothing, a hotel room and Oxycodone.
The safe is still missing and is described as a small, beige Sentry safe, measuring approximately 18" x 12" in size.
On Sunday, Sep. 3, Jamie Douglas Kirby of Sarnia was arrested by Sarnia Police detectives and is now facing charges of Theft over $5,000 and Mischief over $5,000.
Police said the suspect was held for bail.
Sarnia Police ask that if you have any information regarding this incident, to please contact the Sarnia Police Criminal Investigations Branch, Detective Constable Dwayne Whelpley at 519-344-8861 Ext. 6151 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.