Police Blotter

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Written by Robin Begin & Sgt. Cate Welsh; Compiled by Adam A. Donaldson

On Campus

On Thursday, Feb. 1 at approximately 4:10 p.m. two males were shooting a pellet rifle at a barbecue propane tank at the rear of a unit in Wellington Woods. One suspect is described as a white male, 16-20 years, 5’10”-5”11”, slender build with brown stubble facial hair and wearing a grey sweatshirt with a hood. The pellet rifle was black with a fake wood stock. Anyone with information about this incident should contact the University of Guelph Campus Community Police at 519-824-4120 ext. 52245 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

In Town

If you have any information that can lead to an arrest or otherwise appropriate resolution to any of the unsolved crimes below, contact Guelph Police at 519-824-1212 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Robbery Arrest – On Tuesday January 30th, a 15-year-old Guelph female was confronted on Elizabeth St by two other females that were known to her. The two assaulted the victim, took her purse and fled the scene. The victim sustained minor injuries. Subsequent police investigation has led to the arrest of two Guelph females aged 14 and 16. They will appear in court in March on the charge of Robbery.

Assault – occurred last Wednesday at 5:00 pm. A Guelph Parking Enforcement officer was on duty in the downtown core, issuing parking tickets on MacDonell St. He was approached by an angry male who confronted him about a ticket he had been issued. The male struck the officer in the arm. The officer was not injured. A 38-year-old Guelph man will appear in court in March.

Motor Vehicle Collision /Hit and Run – occurred last Wednesday at 7:20 pm as an unoccupied 2004 Dodge Caravan was parked in the plaza parking lot at 500 Willow Rd. It was struck by an unknown vehicle and sustained significant damage to the front and right side of the vehicle. The unknown vehicle fled the scene and was last seen in the Willow Rd area. Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the driver of this vehicle described as: a red Jeep Cherokee or similar type vehicle with a rear hatch door, black plastic rails on the roof and a license plate similar to 829 APFC. It will have damage to the rear. Anyone with any information is about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Matt Jotham of the Traffic Unit at ext. 7434.

Drug Arrest – On Thursday at 3:15 am, Guelph Police conducted a vehicle stop on Kirkland St. The driver was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance after a small amount of crack-cocaine was seized. Street value of the drug: $20. A 43-year-old Guelph male will appear in court in March.

Drug Arrest – On Thursday at 6:50 pm, Guelph Police Service arrested a male and female after marihuana was sold to an undercover officer on Silvercreek Pkwy N. Approximately 21 grams of marihuana was seized with a street value of $210. Ryan PURDY, a 23-year-old Guelph male and Jessica BERESFORD, a 19-year-old Guelph female will appear in court in February 2007. Both are charged with trafficking in a Controlled Substance (2 counts) and Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Substance.

Motor Vehicle Collision – On Friday at 1:05 am, a 36-year-old Guelph female was driving a 1999 Honda Civic eastbound on Laird Rd when she lost control of her vehicle. The female struck a hydro pole and three Canada Post mailboxes situated near the hydro pole. The vehicle came to rest in the ditch on Laird Rd. The hydro pole sustained minor damage and the three mailboxes were destroyed. A Canada Post employee attended the scene to gather and secure the mail. Approximate value of the mailboxes is estimated at $500. The driver was not injured as a result of the collision and faces charges under the Highway Traffic Act. The vehicle sustained major damage valued at approximately $10,000. Guelph Police remind motorists that the three key elements to safe winter driving are to slow down, stay alert and stay in control. Always drive according to current road and weather conditions.

Motor Vehicle Collision/Hit and Run – occurred last Wednesday at 8:30 pm as an unoccupied 2005 Honda Pilot was parked in the Zehrs parking lot at 1045 Paisley Rd. It was struck by an unknown vehicle and sustained significant damage. The unknown vehicle fled the area. Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the responsible driver and vehicle. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Sherry Pettipiece.

Motor Vehicle Collision/Hit and Run – occurred last Wednesday between 9:00 and 11:00 am. An unoccupied, beige-coloured 2002 Saturn 4-door was parked in the Guelph Tennis Courts lot at 70 Municipal St. It was struck by an unknown vehicle and sustained significant damage. The unknown vehicle fled the area. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Pettipiece.

Sexual Assault Arrest – On Sunday, officers from the Guelph Police Service Sexual Assault Unit attended LaSalle, Ontario and arrested an 85-year-old male resident for a number of sexual related offences which occurred in Guelph between 1988 and 2006. At the time of the offences the female victims were between 9 and 17 years of age. The male is charged with 5 counts of Sexual Assault, 3 counts of Sexual Interference, 2 counts of Invitation to Sexual Touching and 4 counts of Sexual Exploitation. He will appear in Guelph court in March 2007.

Arrest – On Friday at 8:40 pm, Guelph Police responded to a disturbance at a residence on Willow Rd. Two males had forced their way into the residence known to them and threatened the occupants with a knife. No one was injured as a result of the incident. An 18-year-old Guelph male faces charges of Break and Enter, Assault and Breach of Undertaking. Another 18-year-old Guelph male, Tyler THOMPSON, faces charges of Break and Enter, Weapons Dangerous, Assault (2 counts), Utter Threats (2 counts), Assault with a Weapon, Weapons Dangerous and Breach of Undertaking.

Arrest – On Monday at 11:45 pm, Guelph Police responded to a disturbance in the area of Norfolk St and Cork St. A 23-year-old Guelph female was walking with friends when three unknown males approached the group. A verbal argument ensued and one of the unknown males punched the female in the face, breaking her nose. She sought medical attention and required three stitches to the bridge of her nose. Police investigation has led to the arrest of a 17-year-old Guelph male for Assault Causing Bodily Harm. He will appear in court in March 2007.

Motor Vehicle Collision/Impaired Arrest – On Sunday at 12:45 am, a blue Dodge Caravan was traveling northbound on Gordon St near James when it lost control and slid off the road. The van struck two utility poles, destroying one and damaging the other. The vehicle sustained major damage and traffic had to be diverted while hydro crews repaired the damaged pole and hydro lines. Both occupants of the vehicle were transported to the Guelph General Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The 20-year-old Troy Ontario driver was subsequently charged with Impaired Driving and Driver Over 80 Mgs. Damage estimates exceed $25000. Any witnesses are encouraged to contact Cst. Dean Korn.

Fire – On Friday at 11:00 pm, Guelph Police responded with the Fire Department to an apartment building on Speedvale Ave. W. Two fires were located in the stairwells of the third and basement levels. The fires were put out and no injuries occurred as a result. Damage is estimated at approximately $5000. Police are treating the fires as suspicious and ask anyone with any information to call Cst. Jeff Taylor.

Arrest – On Saturday at 4:30 pm, Guelph Police responded to the complaint of a suspicious vehicle on Downey Rd. The vehicle was located and the driver identified himself with a false name. A 34-year-old Guelph male will appear in court in March 2007 on charges of Obstruct Police and Fail to Provide Breath Sample.

Arrest - On Tuesday, Guelph Police attended a business on Macdonell St with regard to an unwanted patron. Upon arrival police located an intoxicated male who refused to leave the business. He was uncooperative with police and was subsequently arrested. A 22-year-old Guelph male will appear in court in March on the charge of Cause Disturbance.

Motor Vehicle Collision – occurred on Monday at 2:00 pm at the intersection of Watson Rd and Speedvale Ave E. A transport tractor trailer being operated by a 52-year-old St. Agatha male was traveling south on Watson when it collided with a 2007 Kia four-door car being operated by a 64-year-old female from Quebec. The transport’s front end struck the Kia on the passenger side and the impact caused both vehicles to go into the ditch on Watson. The Kia was destroyed and is valued at approximately $20,000. The driver of the Kia was transported to the Guelph General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the transport was not injured and damage to the transport is estimated at $500. There were no other occupants in either vehicle. The collision is still under investigation and witnesses are asked to contact Cst. Jotham.

Motor Vehicle Collision – occurred on Monday at 1:30 pm. A Royal city Ambulance, driven by a 33-year-old Fergus male was southbound on Woolwich St responding to an emergency call. A green Volvo driven by a 21-year-old Fergus male was also southbound on Woolwich St in the centre lane, following the flow of traffic. Just north of Woodlawn on Woolwich, the two vehicles sideswiped each other causing approximately $2500 in damage. There were no injuries as a result of the collision. The incident is still under investigation and anyone with any information is asked to contact Cst. Chris Probst.

Stolen Vehicle – occurred on Monday at 6:25 am as a Guelph resident left his 2002 white GMC Savana van running, unlocked and unattended for five minutes in a parking lot on Southgate Drive. The driver’s wallet and credit cards were in the vehicle at the time of the theft. The vehicle was recovered later the same day by Wellington Provincial Police. Guelph Police want to remind motorists to choose safety over convenience. Regardless of the weather, you must lock your vehicle when it is unattended under a City of Guelph Bylaw.

Arrest – On Tuesday at 5:30 pm, a 27-year-old male, an 18-year-old female and a 14-year-old male, (all Guelph residents), entered a store at 175 Stone Rd
W. The three selected a number of items from the children’s section of the store and left without paying. The value of the theft is approximately $115. Guelph Police were contacted and the three were charged with Theft Under $5000. The two males also face the charge of Breach of Probation. The three will appear in court in March 2007.

Overpayment Scam

The Guelph Police Service Fraud Unit is once again reminding citizens to be vigilant when conducting transactions on the Internet, especially when it comes to the sale of items. Police have seen an increase in 2007 in reported incidents of a scam often referred to as the “Overpayment Scam”. Typically when an individual advertises an item for sale, a room for rent, a vehicle for sale or any other item, they will be contacted by email by the suspect who will show an interest in the item. Quite often they will agree to purchase the item for the listed price without attempting negotiation for a reduction of the

The suspect will indicate that they will mail the seller a Money Order, Cashiers Cheque or regular business cheque for the agreed amount. Several days later the seller will receive a cheque well in excess of the price of the item, for example $3500 for an item that was listed for sale for $400. Instructions via email or enclosed with the cheque will direct the seller to deposit the cheque in their bank account, deduct the price for the item or rent and “wire transfer” the over payment back to the suspect or another individual. The suspect will explain that the balance is to be used for a shipper to arrange shipping of the item or for the moving company hired to arrange for the moving of the suspect’s belongings. The suspect will be very
anxious to obtain the wire transfer transaction number so that the transferred cash balance can be picked up. The cheques or money orders used by the suspects are stolen, forged, or counterfeit. Once the seller deposits and wire transfers the funds, they are liable for the full amount when the cheque doesn’t clear and is returned to the bank as fraudulent.

These fraudsters continually surf the Internet ‘buy and sell’ sites or any posting site that facilitates the sale of an item. They have no interest in the item. All they want is for you to attend a bank and tender their stolen, forged or counterfeit cheques/money orders for them. They may even follow up with phone calls to the seller to create an air of authenticity. Contact the Fraud Unit should you have any questions regarding this scam or any other suspected scams.

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