The Orillia OPP says a Hamilton man has been arrested in connection with a number of crimes in Muskoka and the surrounding area.

This past Monday police were looking for a man they say was driving a stolen black Dodge Ram pickup truck on Highway 11 which led them on a chase in the Huntsville area. That truck was later found burned in Parry Sound but the man remained at large and was a person of interest in a number of break and enters and property thefts in the region.

The hunt continued and the OPP says officers found the man in the Hamilton area yesterday, driving another Dodge Ram that had been recently stolen from the Niagara area. Ian Johnston, who is 33-years-old, is facing numerous charges in connection with break and enters, thefts, flight from police incidents, theft of motor vehicles, arsons and weapons offences which took place in Caledon, Muskoka, Orillia, Parry Sound, and South Simcoe as well as the Niagara and Hamilton regions. The OPP says the handgun that the man was believed to have turned out to be a replica.

He was held for a bail hearing today at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orangeville as the investigation continues. Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to contact Detective Constable Archie Dias or Detective Sergeant Duane McKnight at 905-584-2241. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit your tips online at this website.