POLICE NOTES: Goodbye Chaplin, Missing People, and High Sticking (?)

There are 137,000 stories in the Royal City, and this is some of them. Looking at a week’s worth of media releases from the Guelph Police Service, there’s a lot gong on in our little city crime-wise speaking, so let’s run down some of the charges, issues, and requests for information from the Guelph Police Service over the last seven days.

***Please note that not all offenses and police calls are reported in the daily Guelph Police media release.

Two Young People Missing

Guelph Police are looking for help tracking down 15-year-old Ashley Reeds, who was last seen at GCVI on Paisley Street at 3:30 pm on Thursday. She’s a white female, 5’6” with a heavy build and light brown hair usually worn in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing a white hoodie, jeans and pink running shoes and carrying a navy blue backpack and beige cloth computer bag. If you have any information about Ashley’s location, you’re being asked to call Detective Constable Scott Biser at 519-824-1212, ext. 7131, or email sbiser [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police are also looking for help finding Nicholas Frost, 25,  who was last seen by his support worker on September 22, but has not been heard from since October 9 when he sent a text to cancel an appointment with the worker. A local service agency  is concerned about his well-being, so if you have any information about where he might be, you’re being asked to call Detective Constable Brendan Campbell at 519-824-1212, ext. 7177, or email bcampbell [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Hockey Stick Bandit Strikes Twice

On Monday afternoon, a 24-year-old Guelph man entered a downtown business even though he had several court orders requiring him to stay away. When staff tried to remind of this fact, he began swinging a hockey stick over his head before taking off. Guelph Police caught up with him later and charged the man with assault with a weapon, two counts of failing to comply with release conditions and two counts of failing to comply with probation.

About 24 hours later, the man returned to the downtown business again, even though a condition for his release on Monday was to not return to the business. Police were called, they took him into custody on site, and he was once again arrested and charged with more breach charges. He was in bail court on Thursday.

Reverend Borthwick Steps Down

After seven years as volunteer chaplain for Guelph Police, Reverend John Borthwick will be stepping down at the end of the month. Borthwick’s tenure is being remembered for his activism on mental health and wellness including the Road to Mental Readiness program, membership in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team and the Organization Health and Wellness Committee, and an award for Excellence in Mental Health for helping to develop Resilience Training. Reverend Borthwick will continue on in his capacity as minister at St. Andrew’s Church.


A 37-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault police with a weapon, theft under $5,000, possessing identity documents x3, identity theft, identity fraud and possessing a controlled substance. Around noon on Thursday, police were called to a business on Stone Road West near Edinburgh Road South about a man who was spotted shoplifting. They caught up with the suspected shoplifter along Edinburgh Road near Dean Avenue, and when police tried to stop him, he got off his bike and threw it at the officers. No one was hurt.


A 23-year-old Guelph man was charged with stunt driving and speeding  after being clocked doing 112 km/h in a posted 60 km/h zone on Maltby Road last Friday afternoon. He also lost his licence for 30 days and his car is impounded for two weeks.

A 48-year-old Guelph man was given a $490 ticket on Monday after passing a school bus while it’s arm was activated and the stop lights were flashing on Starwood Drive at Thompson Drive.

A 19-year-old Schomberg man was charged with careless driving after he hit a hydro pole early on Tuesday morning, which resulted in his passenger being taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The incident happened on Stone Road West near Edinburgh Road South.

A 29-year-old Guelph woman had her car impounded after she was caught driving with a suspended licence on Tuesday along College Avenue West.

Impaired driving was a problem in the west end last weekend. On Saturday night, a 63-year-old Guelph male is charged with impaired operation after police received a report about someone driving erratically around Waterloo Avenue and Wellington Street West. Then, very early on Sunday, a 37-year-old Cambridge man was charged with failing to comply with a breath demand after being asked eight times, and after officers saw an open beer can in his cupholder.


A trailer at a construction site on Edinburgh Road South near Inkerman Street was broken into last weekend. A winder was pried open to gain access and an unknown number of tools were stolen. If you have any info contact contact Constable Scott Wright at 519-824-1212, ext. 7330 or  swright [at] guelphpolice.ca

Over $3,000 worth of hunting and camping gear – including a black Rocky Mountain bicycle, a HAM radio, binoculars, an ammunition box containing archery and airgun supplies – was stolen last week from a trailer parked at a home in the area of Bristol Street and Yorkshire Street South.

An investigation into a car stolen from a residence in the Riverview Drive and Waverley Drive area on October 2 has resulted in charges against a 27-year-old Cambridge man and a 29-year-old Guelph man.

Five cargo trailers were stolen from a business at Elizabeth Street and Victoria Road South over a four-day period between October 21 and 24. Police are looking for a white 2014-2018 Dodge Ram Sport quad-cab pickup with black wheels and black door handle that was involved in the theft.

Police are looking for a white male wearing a black and white camouflage jacket, black pants, black and white shoes and a face covering who broke into a business on Silvercreek Parkway North near Speedvale Avenue West on Tuesday evening. He was last seen walking in the direction of Greengate Road.

A Giant composite mountain bike with a black, green and grey frame and white handlebars was stolen from residential garage in the area of Janefield Avenue and College Avenue West last Sunday night. If you have any information, call Special Constable Thomas Randell at 519-824-1212, ext. 7194, email him at trandell [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Three more catalytic converters were stolen from a work trucks at a north end business in the area of Curtis Drive and Monarch Road. The theft is reportedly worth $2,400.

Other Notes

A 27-year-oldGuelph man was charged with failing to comply with a release order after police spotted him coming out of a downtown apartment building where he had previously been banned.

A 19-year-old Ancaster male is charged with impaired operation and using an unauthorized licence plate early on Friday morning after he was stopped by police officers on patrol along Silvercreek Parkway South.

Guelph Police are asking for help investigating three fires in two nights. The first was on Thursday at 4 am when someone set a port-a-potty ablaze in Herb Markle Park on Cardigan Street destroying it. Thirty minutes after, a dumpster fire was set behind a business at Woodlawn Road West near Woolwich Street, which was followed by another dumpster fire at 3 am on Friday on Woolwich Street near Eramosa Road. Yes, these fires are suspicious. If you have any information, call Detective Sergeant Chris Probst of the General Investigations and Special Projects Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7342, or email him at cprobst [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Total calls for service last week: 1,508

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