POLICE NOTES: Taxi Ride, Twice Impounded, and Is This Your Stuff?

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.

Can’t Sneak Past the Police

After shoplifting about $1,400 worth of stuff at a Woodlawn Road business on Thursday morning, a suspect was picked up by police when they were almost literally waiting for him when he got home. While at the Speedvale Avenue apartment building on another call, the High Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) noticed the man, and identified him as the wanted shoplifter by his description when he walked past the their cruiser.

He was arrested and searched and found to be in custody of some stolen IDs. The 50-year-old Guelph male was charged with theft under $5,000, three counts of possessing stolen property, two counts of possessing identity documents and three counts of failing to comply with a release order.

Always Pay Your Fare!

Police were called to an address on Willow Road at 10:30 am on Thursday when the male passenger of a taxi refused to pay his $16 fare. They found the man asleep inside after the homeowner invited the police in and allowed them to conduct a search. The follow things occurred: Officers found a number of opioid pills, the homeowner said the man didn’t have permission to be there, and it was discovered the man was wanted in another jurisdiction for failing to appear in court.

When it was all said and done, the 28-year-old Guelph man was charged with transportation fraud, possessing a controlled substance, being unlawfully in a dwelling, failing to attend court and breach of probation. He was turned over to the other police service to appear for their warrant, and he will appear in a Guelph court on January 4, 2022.

Is This Your Property?

Guelph Police are looking for the owners of the stolen property pictured above – including monogrammed cuff links, a photo album dating to the early 1940s and a large number of keys – which were taken from a 37-year-old Guelph man charged with the break and enter of a commercial building on Wellington Street West last Saturday. If you recognize these call Constable Scott Carroll at 519-824-1212, ext. 7489, or email him at swcarroll [at] guelphpolice.ca.


A 30-year-old man was charged with robbery and assault after he approached a woman outside her west end home on Saturday afternoon, punched her in the face, and stole her purse. He appeared in court on Monday.

A 41-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose, uttering threats and failing to comply with a release order after he was witnessed chasing another man with a baseball bat and yelling death threats. The incident happened on Huron Street Saturday afternoon, and the man charged was found to have been a psychotic episode due to consumption of unknown substances.


A 53-year-old Cambridge male was charged with stunt driving early on Tuesday morning after he was clocked driving 124 km/h in the posted 60 km/h zone along Speedvale Avenue West. A few hours later, a 64-year-old Rockwood man was charged with stunt driving doing 106 km/h in the same 60 km/h zone in that same stretch of road.

A 45-year-old Guelph woman is charged with disobeying a red light after causing a two vehicle collision at the intersection of at Edinburgh Road North and Willow Road on Wednesday afternoon.

A 19-year-old Guelph woman was charged with impaired driving, dangerous driving and novice driver having alcohol in her system after she was spotted driving erratically in the area of Paisley Road and Edinburgh Road North on Friday. Police found her in distress after he vehicle sustained heavy damage in a ride where she had drove several metres over two lawns and through a hedge.

A 37-year-old Cambridge man was charged with impaired driving, driving while suspended and fail to remain after a hit and run on Willow Road near Imperial Road North on Sunday.

A 34-year-old Guelph woman was charged with impaired operation and possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking early on Sunday morning after police found her asleep in a running vehicle in the area of Willow Road and Dawson Road. After a search, they found several baggies of suspected cocaine as well as several empty baggies and two small scales.

Police are looking for witnesses to traffic accident at Kortright Road West and Ironwood Road when a 62-year-old woman was struck by a “small black car” while crossing the street on Sunday evening around 6 pm. If you saw something call Constable Tim Paneghel of the Guelph Police Service Traffic Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7529, or email him at tpaneghel [at] guelphpolice.ca.


A 38-year-old Guelph male was charged with eight counts each of theft under $5,000 and possessing break-in instruments, and a 35-year-old female was charged with three counts each of theft under $5,000 and possessing break-in instruments in connection to a series of bike thefts at the University of Guelph early this year. The thefts cover a period of time between mid-September and the beginning of November, and include seven stolen bikes which were all locked at the time they were stolen.

Someone tried to break into a business on Stevenson Street South near York Road, but all they managed to do was cause $700 in damage.

Around $10,000 in carpentry tools were stolen from a work truck on Stevenson Street South near Ferguson Street sometime early on Wednesday morning. If you have any information call Constable Margaret Pickard at 519-824-1212, ext. 7440, or email her at mpickard [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A white 2022 Infiniti QX80, a black 2022 Infiniti QX80 and a blue 2021 Infiniti QX80 were all stolen from a lot in the Guelph Auto Mall between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Each car was worth about $70,000 a piece. If you have any information about this theft, get in touch with Detective Constable Syed Ali of the General Investigations and Special Projects Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7145, or email him at sali [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Other Notes

A 31-year-old Cambridge man turned himself in to Guelph Police on Tuesday and was charged with mischief under $5,000 after causing $1,700 in damage by deflating four tires and smashing a window on an SUV on Watson Road North early on Sunday morning.

A 26-year-old Toronto man got into trouble for leaving his home in the 6ix, which something he was definitely not support to be doing because he was bound by two separate bail orders to be in his house from 7 pm to 7 am. The man arrived in Guelph at around 7:30 on Wednesday night and called the police from an east end business looking for a place to stay, and they gave him one.

The case of five stole cargo trailers from last month has been solved. On Monday, Guelph Police were told that one of the trailers was being sold online, and they sought a search warrant for a property in Sunderland. All the trailers were found and a 34-year-old Sunderland male was charged with three counts of break and enter, possessing stolen property over $5,000 and trafficking in stolen property.

So last Saturday, a 19-year-old Hamilton man drove to Guelph Police headquarters  despite the fact that his licence was suspended. He was attempting to pick up his vehicle, which was impounded back on October 29 at the same time he lost his licence. Instead, he was charged with driving while suspended, and the vehicle he drove to headquarters in was also seized.

Total calls for service last week: 1,408

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