POLICE NOTES: Missing Man Found, Road Rage, and Fake Prescriptions

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.

Child Porn Bust

A 53-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing child pornography, distributing child pornography and accessing child pornography this week after the Guelph Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) served a search warrant on a house in the area of Gordon Street and Kortright Road East. Police served the warrant and seized evidence on Wednesday after receiving a tip through Cybertip.ca, Canada’s largest tip line for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. The investigation is ongoing, the man was released on conditions and he will appear in a Guelph court on January 18.

Man Arrested for Writing Fake Prescriptions

A 33-year-old Guelph man has been charged with four counts each of uttering a forged document, identity fraud and identity theft and two counts of possessing identity documents. Between October 18 and November 8, a man faxed fake prescriptions to four pharmacies under two different names for various opiates and antibiotics. In each case, the same man showed up at the pharmacies to pick up the prescriptions, but he left empty handed and was eventually identified from security footage.

Missing Man Found

Nicholas Frost, 25, has been reported found by Guelph Police. No one had heard from Frost since October 9 when he sent a text to cancel an appointment with his support worker from a local agency. No further details have been released.

Suspects Wanted in After Car Theft from Business

Two men broke into a business on York Road near Elizabeth Street on Wednesday morning, smashing a window with a brick and stealing the keys for a BMW, which was later spotted driving fast on Victoria Road North at Hadati Road before being found damaged back on York Road near Morris Street.

Police are looking for one man described as wearing a black jacket, beige pants, beige boots and a red baseball cap with a white logo on the front. They’re also looking for another man wearing a black Puma jacket with a white stripe on the arms, camo pants and a black baseball cap. It is believed they arrived in a white BMW sedan. If you have any information call Constable Ryan Horvat at 519-824-1212, ext. 7485, or email him at rhorvat [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Assault

A 24-year-old Guelph man was charged with mischief over $5,000, assault with a weapon and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose after going on what police described as a “rampage.” At around 3 pm, the man entered a business in the area of Macdonell Street and Wilson Street with a baseball bat and confronted an employee there over a “personal matter.” Several windows and a glass door were destroyed in the process.

A man was punched and kicked and his life was threatened early on Wednesday morning while he was walking along a path off Speedvale Avenue East near Woolwich Street with a woman . The two men were known to the couple, and one of them, a 30-year-old Guelph man, was charged with assault and uttering death threats.

Traffic

Police are looking for witnesses and/or video of a road rage incident last Saturday night at a parking lot on Silvercreek Parkway North where one driver purposely crashed into another after he became irate that the other driver flashed his high beams at him. The suspect then smashed the driver’s side window of the other car, pulled the driver out and pushed him to the ground. A 23-year-old Rockwood man was charged with dangerous driving, assault and mischief under $5,000.

A 41-year-old Hamilton man was charged with driving while prohibited and careless driving for crashing his ebike into rear of an SUV at the corner of Victoria Road South and Simcoe Street.

A 22-year-old Guelph woman was charged with impaired operation, failing to stop for a red light and novice driver having alcohol in her system after a patrol spotted her running a red light at Gordon Street and Wellington Street.

A 33-year-old Georgetown man was charged with impaired operation and driving without a valid permit after an officer noticed the man’s car, which was driving on Eastview Road near Victoria Road North, had an expired validation sticker.

On Thursday morning, police received a report of a car driving erratically on Poppy Drive, it was on the wrong side of the road and it hit a parked car before leaving the scene and heading to Beaver Meadow Dive and hitting another parked vehicle. A 36-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving, dangerous driving and failing to stop at a collision.

Theft/Break-Ins

Police were called to a home in the area of Downey Road and Teal Drive on Tuesday morning, after the house party hangover included a missing safe with $5,000 in cash and jewelry, plus personal documents. If you have any information contact Constable Connor Vaivods at 519-824-1212, ext. 7226, or email him at cvaivods [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Some gasoline was stolen from a Woodlawn Road business on Thursday. Padlocks were cut off the gas tanks that are used to refill company vehicles, and several suspects were captured on video in either a white GMC Denali or Sierra pickup with a light bar on the roof. A grey vehicle, believed to be a Kia Soul, returned to the business on Thursday night, but left when the drive noticed the padlocks had been replaced on the tanks. If you have any information, call Constable Geoff Hiebert at 519-824-1212, ext. 7290, or email him at ghiebert [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A “quantity of tools” was stolen from a construction site in the area of Malcolm Road and Governors Road early on Monday morning. Police are looking for a white male wearing a dark jacket and pants, white baseball cap and blue backpack. If you have any information, get in touch with Constable Frazer McCrindle at 519-824-1212, ext. 7327, or email him at fmccrindle@guelphpolice.ca.

A 59-year-old Guelph was charged with break and enter, arson to property and failing to comply with an undertaking for breaking into the same unoccupied dwelling she had already twice broken into last month. Several hours after the woman was released, the police were flagged down by a passerby in the same area who reported a small fire outside the residence. The woman faces two additional charges of failing to comply with a release order as a result.

Other Notes

A 21-year-old Peterborough man is charged with mischief under $5,000 after damaging the sinks and smashing some mirrors in a bathroom inside a downtown Guelph business in the area of Carden Street and Wyndham Street North.

A 30-year-old Guelph man was arrested on a charge of mischief over $5,000 stemming from an attempted robbery of an ATM on Stone Road in February 2017 where the suspect didn’t successfully steal any money, but they did successfully cause $5,500 in damage.

If you’re supposed to be on house arrest  maybe don’t be parked suspiciously in the parking lot of a Woodlawn Road business. A 43-year-old Rockwood male is charged with breaching a conditional sentence order for breaking his strict house arrest.

A traffic stop led to a drug bust on Tuesday afternoon, when Guelph Police stopped a taxi on Woolwich Street near London Road East after it was noticed that the passengers weren’t wearing their seatbelts. Upon further investigation, the officers noticed a camera bag being stuffed under the front seat, and it was filled with several baggies with suspected fentanyl and crystal methamphetamine, as well as other drug paraphernalia and what looked like a debt list. A 46-year-old Guelph man was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and carrying a concealed weapon, and two other men were released unconditionally.

Total calls for service last week: 1,478

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