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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

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

If you have any information on the following cases, then please call Guelph Police at 519-824-1212 or CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Arrest – Last Wednesday at 11:00 pm, a 19-year-old Guelph male came to Police to report that he had been the victim of a robbery earlier the same day. The male claimed he had been driving in the area of Macdonell and Wyndham and was approached by an unknown male on foot. He further claimed that the male forced him at gun point to drive to Toronto. Subsequent police investigation revealed that the male had fabricated the incident and he was charged with Public Mischief. He will appear in court in April 2007.

Arrest – Also last Wednesday at 10:45 pm, Police responded to the complaint of a red Camero driving aggressively in the area of Elmira Rd and Speedvale Ave. The vehicle was located by an officer on Woolwich St. The driver was arrested for Impaired Driving, Refuse to Provide Breath Sample and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He will appear in court in April 2007.

Arrest – Last Wednesday at 4:00 pm, a Police officer observed a suspicious male in Heritage Park, 151 Wellington St E. Further investigation lead to the arrest of a 21-year-old Guelph male for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Approximately 37 grams of marijuana was seized with a street value of $370. The male will appear in court in April 2007.

Arrest – Last Wednesday at 9:00 pm, a Police officer was conducting a traffic stop on Victoria Rd S. The driver, a 35-year-old Guelph male was subsequently arrested for Drive Over 80 Mgs and will appear in court in April 2007.

Theft from Vehicles – Last Wednesday between 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm, two vehicles had their passenger windows broken and a purse was stolen from the front seat. One of the vehicles was parked at Riverside Park and the other was parked at the Guelph Bowling Club. In both cases, the victims were out walking or enjoying the park facilities. There have been an increased number of these types of thefts in the past two months. Guelph Police remind the public not to leave valuables in their vehicles, particularly in plain view. Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to contact Cst. Ross Keller.

Sudden Death Investigation (Update) – On Tuesday the 20th of February, the sudden death of a 3-year-old Guelph child was reported. Last Thursday, a post mortem examination was conducted in Hamilton. The cause of death was not determined and further tests will be conducted. Foul play is not suspected.

Arrest – Two Wednsdays ago (Valentine’s Day), tools and car parts were stolen during a break in at a business at 695 Woodlawn Rd W. On Thursday, Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Imperial Rd S. Several tires and rims were recovered at the residence in relation to the break in. The value of the recovered property is estimated at $3600. A 24-year-old Guelph male was later arrested at his residence on Mercer St. He will appear in court in April 2007 on the charge of Break, Enter and Theft. Anyone with any further information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Property Crime Unit.

Break, Enter and Theft – occurred sometime during the day on Thursday at a residence on Speedvale Ave E. Entry was gained by forcing the side entrance door. A multi-coloured watch and a personal massager were stolen. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Craig Bolton.

Attempt Break and Enter – occurred sometime during the day on last Wednesday at a residence on Scottsdale Dr. A basement window was smashed but the residence was not entered.

Break, Enter and Theft – occurred sometime during Thursday morning. A residence on Tobey Ave was entered via an insecure side door. An X-Box game system and several X-Box games were stolen. A second residence on Tobey had a window smashed during the same time period. No entry was gained and the damage is estimated at $150. Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to contact Cst. Rick Towlson.

Break, Enter and Theft – occurred sometime over the past week at a residence on Westwind Cl. A basement window was removed and entry was gained. A small quantity of jewelry was stolen.
Arrest – A 20-year-old Cambridge male faces the charge of Drive Over 80 Mgs after a traffic stop by Guelph Police on Friday at 1:45 am. He will appear in court in April 2007.

RIDE Results – Guelph Police conducted a RIDE program on Friday targeting various locations throughout the city. 855 vehicles were checked, 16 Roadside tests were conducted and three 12-hour suspensions were issued. A 51-year-old Guelph male was the only arrest. He will appear in court on the charge of Drive Over 80 Mgs in April 2007.

Arrest – On Thursday at 8:00 pm, Police responded to a disturbance at the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre at 50 Woolwich St. The referee of an ongoing hockey game had requested police be called as a male was trying to climb over the glass and onto the rink. The male was combative with police and was subsequently arrested for being intoxicated in a public place. He was further charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance after he was found in possession of marijuana. He will appear in court in April 2007.

Arrest – On Friday at 11:35 pm, Police responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle in the Speedvale Ave area. A 2000 Chevy Cavalier struck several snow banks and drove into oncoming traffic on several occasions while being followed by witnesses. The driver and vehicle were located by police on Balmoral St. A 21-year-old female from Rockwood will appear in court in April 2007 on charges of Impaired Driving and Drive Over 80 Mgs.

Arrest – On Sunday at 2:00 am, Police were called to a business on Macdonell. A 27-year-old Kingston male was arrested for Public Intoxication and further charged with Mischief Under $5000 after the store owner complained the male had used a marker to damage a counter top. He will appear in court in April 2007.

Arrest – On Sunday at 11:50 pm, Police conducted a traffic stop on Victoria Rd. The vehicle, a 1994 Saturn was found to have been stolen earlier in the day from a residence in Guelph. A 33-year-old Guelph male was arrested for Theft Under $5000 and Possession of Stolen Property Under $5000. He will appear in court in March 2007.

Motor Vehicle Collision – On Friday at 11:00 am, a 2001 Dodge Dakota, driven by a 43-year-old Ariss male was southbound on Silvercreek Pkwy N. At the same time, a 2001 GMC pick up truck was being driven by a 43-year-old Breslau Rd male, northbound on Silvercreek Pkwy N. The driver of the pick up attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway. To avoid a collision with the pick up, the driver of the Dodge left the roadway, striking a snow bank and a telephone pole. He was treated at Guelph General Hospital for injuries to his head, ribs and right ankle. The driver of the pick up was not injured and faces charges under the Highway Traffic Act. The Dodge was destroyed and is valued at $15,000.

Break, Enter and Theft – occurred sometime overnight on Saturday as the laundry room of the apartment building on Speedvale Ave W. was entered and two machines were broken into. A small quantity of coins was taken. A similar attempt to enter machines occurred at a laundry room at an Edinburgh Rd S apartment building during the same time period. Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to contact Cst. Jeimy Karavelus.

Property Damage – Sometime during the day on Sunday the key pad cover on the ATM machine at a Kortright Rd. bank was removed and the unit was tampered with. The machine was not compromised and bank officials were notified.

Theft from Vehicles – On Friday during the evening hours, two vehicles parked at the Galaxy Cinema at 485 Woodlawn Rd W were entered. A back pack containing clothing, a CD player and amplifier were stolen. Two vehicles on Bagot St were broken into during the same time period. A CD player and MP3 player were stolen from one of the vehicles. The Police remind the public to remove valuables from vehicles when leaving them parked and unattended.

Break, Enter and Theft – On Monday at approximately 12:00 pm, a male forced his way into a residence on Primrose Ln through the front door. The home owner was not home at the time. A lap top computer, two digital cameras, a Nintendo game cube, an MP3 player, guitar, jewelry and hockey cards were taken. The suspect is described as male, white, 5’10’’, in his 30’s, 180 lbs, wearing a dark two tone ski jacket and brown winter boots. He was last seen walking south on Westwood Rd from Primrose Ln carrying a guitar case and large dark coloured bag. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Scott Biser.

Attempt Break and Enter – occurred between the 23rd of 26th of February 2007 at a residence on Woodlawn Rd E. Someone attempted to enter the residence by forcing an enclosed side porch open. The interior of the house was not entered.

Problem Oriented Policing Initiative – Guelph Police Service is committed to lowering the amount of stolen motor vehicles in the city of Guelph. Last year, there were 258 vehicles stolen in the city and in approximately 10 per cent of the thefts, the owner reported that they had left the vehicle running with the keys inside. The percentage could be higher as some owners may not have conveyed this information when they reported their vehicle stolen. So far in January and February 2007, three vehicles have been stolen when the vehicle was left running and unattended. Vehicle theft may lead to unnecessary police investigations, pursuits and higher insurance claims. The Police remind residents that there are bylaws that prohibit leaving vehicles idling, unlocked and unattended. The penalty for leaving a vehicle unattended and unlocked was increased in 2006 from $8 to $160.

RIDE Results - On Tuesday, Guelph Police conducted a RIDE program at various locations throughout the city. A total of 688 vehicles were stopped and 3 roadside screening tests were conducted by police. Two of the tests resulted in the drivers receiving 12 hour drivers licence suspensions. At 11:40 pm, police observed a motor vehicle turn away from the RIDE program in an obvious attempt to avoid entering the spot check lanes. The vehicle was stopped by police and a 40-year-old Guelph male was placed under arrest for Impaired Driving. He was further charged with Drive Over 80 mgs and will appear in court in April 2007. Guelph Police also issued 2 tickets under the Highway Traffic Act and remind motorists that they will continue to conduct random spot checks for persons driving under the influence of alcohol. Registering breath samples over 80 mgs of alcohol per 100 mls of blood will result in an immediate 90 day Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension. Convictions for Impaired Driving and/or Driving with Over 80 mgs will result in a driving prohibition of a minimum of 12 months.

Break, Enter and Theft – On Tuesday at 1:00 pm, a basement apartment at 241 Speedvale Ave E was entered through the front door. The suspects took an X-box game system and several games, a drum set, cell phone, DVD movies, jewelry and a brief case. They fled the scene in a newer white four door Toyota Corolla. The two suspects are described as: both males, white, in their late teens, clean shaven, 5’10’’to 6’0’’.One of the suspects was wearing a beige hooded sweatshirt, the other a two toned brown winter coat. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Property Crimes Unit.

Motor Vehicle Collision – On Tuesday at 2:45 pm a motor vehicle collision occurred on Downey Rd just south of Ptarmigan Drive. A 2000 Chrysler Sebring, four door grey was being operated by a 69-year-old Guelph woman southbound on Downey Rd. A 1995 Toyota Tercel, four door grey was being operated by a 19-year-old Brampton female southbound on Downey Rd when the Chrysler struck the Toyota. There were no injuries as a result of the collision and the total damage to both vehicles is estimated at $7000. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Darryl Porterfield of the Traffic Unit at ext 7277.

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