Police Blotter

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Written by Sgt. Cate Welsh; Compiled By Adam A. Donaldson

If you have any information about these crimes call Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212 or call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Robbery-Arrest – Last Wednesday at 1:30 pm a 22-year-old Guelph male was walking in the area of Speedvale Ave and Kathleen St. He was approached by two males one of whom pointed a knife at him. The victim was robbed of a substantial amount of cash but was not injured. The two fled on foot. At approximately 11:30pm, Guelph Police had arrested a 21-year-old Guelph male at his residence on the charges of Robbery, Weapons Dangerous and Breach of Recognizance. The second suspect is still being sought and is described as male white, 5'8" to 5'9", early to mid-20's, dark hair and goatee wearing a blue jacket with a red lining.

Assault with a Weapon – Guelph Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two males responsible for an assault last Tuesday at the plaza located at Islington St and Victoria Rd. At 9:00pm a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse vehicle approached a male who was walking across the lot. One male exited the vehicle armed with a knife and a struggled ensued with the victim suffering non-life threatening injuries when he was cut on the hand. The suspects fled and police were contacted. The first suspect is described as non white, approximately 17-18 years of age, slim with short spiked hair and pierced ears. He was armed with a switch blade knife. The driver of the vehicle is described as male, non-white, approximately 18-20 years of age, very dark skin, tall and slim with short black hair. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cst. Kevin King of the Youth Bureau.

Suspicious Person – Last Wednesday at 12:30pm, an unknown male attended the playground area of Holy Trinity School located at 487 Grange Rd. He approached some children in a fenced play area and spoke with them. A teacher came into the area and the male left in a vehicle. He is described as: approximately 40 years of age, 6’3’’, with tanned or olive skin, a dark moustache, scruffy, wearing a black toque rolled up with a red stripe, a green winter coat with blue and grey stripe along the side, dark pants and running shoes. The vehicle is described as: a dark red older model station wagon that was very dirty. Guelph Police would like to speak to this male and ask that anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Josh Fraser.

Arrest – On Thursday at 1:30 am, Guelph Police observed three youths going through vehicles in the parking lot of 65 Silvercreek Pkwy N. The three fled on foot and one was apprehended. A 15-year-old Guelph youth will appear in court in May 2007 on three counts of Breach of Probation. None of the vehicles sustained any damage and at this point and police are unsure if any thefts occurred. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cst. Mark O’Connell.

Fire – Last Wednesday at 10:45pm, Guelph Police and Fire attended a fire at the rear of a storage unit business on Silvercreek Pkwy N. The fire was contained to a trailer that was stored at the rear of the property and damage is estimated at approximately $7000. Investigation is ongoing as to the cause of the fire.

Break, Enter and Theft – Occurred at 5:10 am last Wednesday at a business in the plaza of 400 Speedvale Ave W. A cinder block was thrown through the front glass door and a small number of cigarettes, lottery tickets and chocolate bars were taken. The two suspects involved were wearing hoodies, one grey with the number 10 on the back and one dark coloured with the number 3 on the back. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Rodney Cox.

Arrest – On Thursday at 3:30am, Guelph Police conducted a traffic stop on Silvercreek Pkwy N on a 2005 Acura black. The driver, a 20-year-old Guelph male, failed the roadside breathalyzer and was arrested. He will appear in court in April 2007 charged with Driver Over 80 Mgs. The 20-year-old passenger was combative with police and was subsequently arrested for Public Intoxication.

Disturbance-Arrest – On Friday at 2:00 am, Guelph Police responded to a disturbance in the area of Macdonell St and Wyndham St. A 22-year-old Guelph male was struck in the head with a beer bottle and taken to Guelph General Hospital for a cut to his head and released. A 27-year-old Kitchener male will appear in court in May 2007 on the charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm.

Theft – On Thursday at 7:45 pm, a male and female entered the Fergus Pet Shop on Speedvale Ave E. While the employee’s were busy with other customers, they removed a pure bred male Chihuahua from a cage and exited the business. The dog is described as beige in colour with a white spot under its chin and is valued at approximately $700. Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the two suspects responsible for the theft. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cst. Greg Mitchell.

Theft from Vehicles – On Thursday between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm two vehicles parked on Water St and Janefield Ave were entered and a purse/wallet was stolen from the front seat. In both incidents the items were left in plain view and a window was smashed. Guelph Police wish to remind the public to remove valuables from vehicles left unattended.

Fraud – The Guelph Police Service Fraud Unit is currently investigating a series of frauds that took place on the February 26th at three Zeller’s stores in the City of Guelph. Two females suspects entered the Zeller’s Store located at Willow West Mall and used counterfeit credit cards to purchase Zellers HBC Gift Cards. Upon departure they attended the Zeller’s Store on Eramosa Road where they redeemed the cards to purchase electronics and purchase additional gift cards. They then attended the Zeller’s on Stone Road and redeemed several of the cards, purchasing more electronics. Investigation has revealed that these subjects have been quite active during the months of February and March 2007 from eastern Ontario as far west as the Chatham-Kent area targeting Zeller’s, Wal-mart, Staples, Home Outtfitters and numerous other stores. The suspects are described as follows:

1) Female, olive complexion, possibly European or Hispanic, approximately 25-30 years5’2” 140-145 lbs, wearing a black zipped up long sleeve jacket, light blue jeans and pointed black dress type shoes. Her hair was black, to the shoulders, with a slight wave.

2) Female, Hispanic or Middle Eastern appearance, approximately 25-30 years, 5’4”-5’5”, thinner, 110 lbs, wearing dark blue jeans, medium blue top, ¾ length black coat and white pointed dress shoes. Her hair was curly black past the shoulders and wears large, dangling earrings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cst. Kevin McCart at extension 235.

Suspicious Package – On Sunday at 3:15 pm, a passerby contacted Guelph Police to advise of a suspicious device located on the window ledge of a building on Douglas St. Due to the size and shape of this item police believed it may be an explosive device. A section of Douglas was closed until the origin of the device was known and the safety of the area was established. Waterloo Regional Police Explosive Disposal Unit was called to the scene to examine the device and render it safe. The device was detonated to render it safe and the investigation into the device and its origins continues.

Drug Arrest – On Sunday at 2:50 am, Guelph Police responded to the complaint of an unwanted person at an apartment at 450 Woodlawn Rd E. Upon arrival, two Guelph males aged 17 and 19 were located in a hallway. The two were found to be in possession of 65 grams of marijuana and 20 grams of cannabis resin and are charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. The 19-year-old was also charged with Possession of a Prohibited Weapon and Utter Threats. The 19-year-old appeared in bail court that day and the 17-year-old will appear in court in May 2007.

Fail to Remain Collision-Arrest – On Saturday at 12:35 pm, a 21-year-old Guelph male driving a 1993 Ford pick up truck was struck as he attempted to pull into his driveway on Paisley Rd. The responsible driver fled the scene in a 2007 Toyota Camry and was located by witnesses on Julia Drive. The driver fled on foot and was subsequently arrested by Guelph Police on Shelldale Cres. Damage to both vehicles is estimated at approximately $5000. There were no injuries. A 25-year-old male of no fixed address appeared in bail court the next day on the charges of Failure to Remain and Dangerous Driving. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Kaut..

Arrest – On Sunday at 5:00 am Guelph Police responded to a disturbance at a residence on Rickson Ave. A 24-year-old Guelph male faces charges of Mischief Over $5000 and Utter Threats. He is alleged to have caused over $5000 damage to the interior of the residence and threatened one of the tenants. He will appear in court in May 2007.

Break, Enter and Theft – occurred on Friday at a residence on Applewood Cres. The front door was forced open and cash and jewelry were taken. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Kevin Kerfoot.

Break, Enter and Theft – Occurred sometime during the afternoon on Friday at a residence on Sleeman Ave. A side door was forced open and jewelry, DVD’s, a Nintendo Game Cube, Nintendo games and an MP3 player were taken. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Mike Tovell.

Armed Robbery – On Tuesday at 4:30 am, a 63-year-old Red Top Taxi driver picked up a fare at the Tim Horton’s located at 715 Wellington St W. The male instructed the driver to go to several locations before ending up in the area of 191 Silvercreek Pkwy S. At this location the suspect pulled out a knife and demanded money from the cabbie. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled on foot. The cabbie was not injured during the incident. The male was last seen entering the apartment building at 191 Silvercreek Pkwy S. Guelph Police searched the area with the assistance of the Canine Unit. The suspect is described as: male, white, in his early 30’s, 5’8’’-5’9’’, 180 lbs, dark scruffy beard with approximately a weeks worth of growth, wearing a dark jacket, dark pants and a blue or grey ball cap. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Cory Sherratt.

Weapons Arrest – On Tuesday at 12:41 am, Guelph Police observed three intoxicated males in the parking lot of 142 Imperial Rd. N. Officers noticed one of the youths had a large hunting knife in his back pocket. The youth fled and was chased on foot by police. He was located a short time later and the knife was recovered. A 14-year-old Guelph male will appear in court in May 2007 on the charges of Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

Break, Enter and Theft – Occurred around the noon hour on Monday at a residence on June Ave. A rear door to the residence was forced open. Cash, two cameras, credit cards and jewelry were taken. Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a male seen in the area. He is described as: male, white, 5’6’’-5’10’’, brown hair, wearing a blue nylon track suit with a white stripe down the side of the pants. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cst. Earl Layne.

Arrest – On Tuesday at 3:25 a.m., officers attended to a residence on Marksam Rd., in response to two male youths, who had been drinking. The males were calling ‘911’ and were out in front of their residence, causing a disturbance. Officers arrived on scene and the two males became verbally aggressive towards officers. During the incident, one of the males approached an officer and, at close range, deliberately flicked a lit cigarette, striking an officer. The 16-year-old Guelph male will appear in court in May 2007 on the charge of Assault Police. The officer did not sustain any injury as a result of this incident. The second male, a 17-year-old from Guelph was also arrested for Breach of Recognizance.

Fraud Scam – It has come to the attention of the Guelph Police Fraud Unit that several citizens within the city have recently received a letter in the mail from “Carpenters Local Inc” advising that they are the winners of a lottery. Enclosed in the envelope is a cheque drawn on this company for $2700. In the letter, it asks that you cash this cheque and forward a portion of it via Money Gram/Western Union as payment for the taxes of your lottery winnings. The cheque is counterfeit, and there is no such lottery. Citizens are reminded not to wire any funds to persons unknown. This is similar to the fraud scam where persons are selling items or renting properties via the internet and are sent counterfeit cheques as payment. The counterfeit cheque is usually higher than the amount of the goods/rental amount and again, the suspect wants you to wire the difference to them. When you wire money to anyone, the transaction is very difficult to cancel and trace, and your money is most likely gone forever. If you have concerns with a cheque you have received, attend your local bank branch for assistance. If persons are pressuring you to wire money immediately, this is a good indication you are being scammed.

Assault-Arrest – On Tuesday at 11:58pm, a 49-year-old Canadian Cab driver picked up a fare downtown. The male wanted to be transported to Chartwell Cres and during the drive became verbally abusive towards the driver and then did not have enough funds to pay for the entire ride. At one point, the driver pulled over and asked the male to get out. When the male exited the cab from the front passenger seat, he placed one foot on the ground, grabbed the door with both hands and kicked the driver who was seated behind the wheel. The male then fled on foot. Guelph Police arrived and the male was apprehended. The driver did not sustain any injuries and a 50-year-old Guelph male will appear in court in May 2007 on the charge of Assault.

Motor Vehicle Collision-Arrest – On Wednesday at 2:36 am, a red Ford Ranger pick up truck crashed into several mailboxes on Stephanie Dr. The vehicle left the scene westbound on Stephanie and was located by police at Stephanie Dr and Imperial Rd. The vehicle sustained an extensive amount of damage but the driver was not injured. A 21-year-old Guelph male will appear in court in May 2007 on the charges of Fail to Remain, Impaired Driving and Drive Over 80 Mgs.

Impaired Driver – On Wednesday the 28th of March 2007 at approximately 12:30am, a citizen reported a suspicious vehicle with a driver who was possibly impaired, leaving the downtown area. Police located the vehicle, a 2000 grey Ford Mustang on Victoria Rd. A 35 year old Guelph male will appear in court in May 2007 on the charge of Driver Over 80 Mgs.

Break, Enter and Theft – Occurred between 11:30 pm and 6:15 am on Tuesday at a residence on McTague St. Entry was gained by forcing the side door open. A purse taken from the residence was found outside. Cash was taken. Guelph Police also report that attempt entries were made to a residence on Mont St and on Tiffany St. It would appear that the culprits tried to pry a window at one residence and a rear door at the other. The second premise had a dead bolt that may have prevented the entry. Anyone with any information about any of these incidents is asked to contact Cst. Ben Bair. Guelph Police wish to remind the public that we can REDUCE THE RISK of our homes/property being victimized by eliminating the opportunity.

Window security:
Most windows can be pinned for security.
Drill a 3/16" hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into
the outside frame - place a nail/pin in the hole to secure the window
Sliding glass doors/windows can be lifted out of their tracks with relative ease.
Install self-tapping screws in the upper track that allow the door/window to slide into place
Place a piece of wood snugly into the bottom track - this will resist lateral forcing

Door security
Locks with key holes in the knob are NOT reliable - they can easily be forced
Doors should be mounted so hinge-bolts are not facing outwards
Install one-inch deadbolt locks on all exterior doors
Chain locks are poor security - install a wide angle viewer instead
Padlocks should be 'heel-and-toe' locking
If keys are lost or if you move, locks should be changed.

Is there a Neighbourhood Watch in your area? For information, contact Guelph Police at ext. 212.

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