A man and woman have been charged in connection with an investigation into the recovery of stolen vehicles, tools and other property in Cocagne, N.B.

RCMP say 36-year-old Mathieu Guignard, formerly of Cocagne, appeared in Moncton Provincial Court on Monday, and was charged with 15 counts of possession of stolen property, as well as breach of probation.

Twenty-one-year-old Brittany Thompson, also formerly of Cocagne, was charged with 14 counts of possession of stolen property.

On November 7, the Richibucto RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence on Route 535, according to Cpl. Dan Melanson. A number of vehicles and other items identified as stolen were recovered, including two pickup trucks, two trailers, two motorcycles, three generators, power tools, and industrial equipment and machinery. Police say most of thefts were reported over the last several months in the southeast part of the province.

Brittany Thompson was arrested at the residence, but Mathieu Gignard had fled on an all-terrain vehicle. He was arrested on November 30.

Gignard remains in custody and is scheduled to return to court on December 17. Thompson returns to court on February 26.

Most of the stolen property has been returned to its rightful owner, but police are still looking to identify the owner of a few items.

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