POLICE NOTES: Road Rage, Drug Bust, and a Weapons Complaint

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.

Still Looking for Info About Weapons Complaint

Police are still looking for information related to the report of a woman with a weapon in the area of Willow Road and Bagot Street on Wednesday morning. At around 8:40 am, a witness reported seeing a fight between a man and a woman, and the woman, who was reported as White with red shoulder-length hair and a black jacket, was seen brandishing a weapon. The parties have not yet been identified, but police are looking for dashcam footage of the area from between 7:45 and 8:30 am. If you have any information call Constable Emily Dietrich at 519-824-1212, ext. 7265, or email her at edietrich [at] guelphpolice.ca

Road Rage Incidents Point to Stolen Truck

On Thursday afternoon, there was a report of a blue Ford Ranger pickup truck in a road rage incident on the Hanlon Expressway near Speedvale Avenue. The driver of the truck pulled alongside a car and smashed the rear driver’s-side window. Then, later that evening, the truck was spotted again at Woodlawn Road and Silvercreek where the driver got angry about a drive-thru order and then drove erratically around the parking lot nearly hitting two employees in the process.

The truck was later discovered to be reported stolen from somewhere in Wellington County. If you have any information about the stolen truck call Constable Robert Smith at 519-824-1212, ext. 7388, or email him at rsmith [at] guelphpolice.ca, and if you have any information about the road rage incidents call Constable Konrad Babol at 519-824-1212, ext. 7189, or email him at kbabol [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Saturday Night Drug Bust!

Last Saturday night, police noticed a suspicious looking vehicle in a parking lot on Speedvale Avenue East. Officers sat on it until two men came and got into the car, and in the process they discovered quite the haul: $6,500 in drugs including 33.9 grams of methamphetamine, 13.7 grams of cocaine, 6.8 grams of heroin, seven ecstasy pills and approximately 100 pills of various opioids. They were also found with $2,800 in cash, and one of the men was taken into custody after being found with a large knife clipped to his pants even though he was prohibited from possessing weapons.

A 37-year-old Fergus man and a 32-year-old Guelph man were both charged with nine counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and the Guelph man is facing the additional charge of possessing a restricted weapon while prohibited.

Assault

A 33-year-old Guelph man is charged with assault with a weapon, possession of stolen property over $5,000, dangerous driving, escaping lawful custody and theft under $5,000 after nearly running over a loss prevention officer and other pedestrians while shoplifting from a store on Stone Road.

Traffic

A 24-year-old woman from Niagara Falls was with impaired operation early on Wednesday after a sobriety check outside the Manor on Silvercreek Parkway South.

A 40-year-old Toronto man was charged with two counts of driving while prohibited under the Criminal Code and one count of driving while suspended under the Highway Traffic Act after driving past a road closed sign last Saturday. Where was this? York Road at Toronto Street!

A 43-year-old Guelph man was charged with driving while suspended, possessing a controlled substance and failing to comply with an undertaking after getting pulled over by the police last Saturday night. The officers recognize the man as someone that should not have been driving.

Just in time for the holidays, there were five impaired riving arrests last weekend:

A 33-year-old Cambridge man was charged after a collision at Paisley Road and Alma Street North late on Friday afternoon.

A 62-year-old Guelph man was charged after he was stopped for driving erratically in the area of Gordon Street and Stone Road West.

A 49-year-old Guelph man was charged after he was seen driving erratically while leaving the Manor early on Sunday morning.

Also on Sunday morning, a 30-year-old Guelph man is charged after investigating a suspicious vehicle call in the area of Victoria Road North and Eastview Road.

And finally, a 27-year-old Guelph man was charged after rear ending another driver at Edinburgh Road South and Wilsonview Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

Theft/Break-Ins

An unknown amount of copper was stolen from a business on Southgate Drive on Friday morning. An employee alerted police after watching a man on video surveillance load the copper into the back of a blue Kia Soul. If you have any information, call Constable Firas El-Ayoubi at 519-824-1212, ext. 7129, or email him at felayoubi [at] guelphpolice.ca.

On Sunday, three men robbed $1,500 worth of metal from another Southgate Drive business. Police are looking for one man described as 25 to 30 years of age, medium height and build, tanned skin, black hair and wearing a black and yellow jacket and grey pants, as well as a second man who was wearing all dark clothing. They were driving a white Chevrolet van. If you have any information call Constable Michael Nixon at 519-824-1212, ext. 7028, or email him at mnixon [ at] guelphpolice.ca.

Sometime before Tuesday morning, someone smashed a window to gain access to a business at Suffolk Street West and Yorkshire Street North to steal an undisclosed amount of product. If you have any information call Constable Brandon Lohwinow at 519-824-1212, ext. 7204, or email him at blohwinow [at] guelphpolice.ca.

The same garage at a downtown residence has been broken into for the second time in two months, this time a perpetrator stole stereo equipment. It’s unknown if the two break-ins are related, but if you have any information call Constable Dallas Baker at 519-824-1212, ext. 7217, or email him at dbaker [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A downtown business in the area of Gordon Street and Wellington Street East was broken into for the second time in four days on Wednesday. Staff arrived at work to find the back door smashed, and video surveillance showed one man searching the store and leaving with an undisclosed amount of product. It’s not known if the two break-ins are related, but if you have any information call Constable Brandon Buck at 519-824-1212, ext. 7416, or email him at bbuck [at] guelphpolice.ca.

In the original incident, security video identified a man with average build, wearing a grey hoodie, dark pants, a white face mask, grey gloves, white shoes with black soles and was carrying a black backpack. This first break-in happened at 7:45 am last Saturday, and if you have any information call Constable Keith Kolodziejczak at 519-824-1212, ext. 7452, or email him at kkolodziejczak@guelphpolice.ca.

Other Notes

A 41-year-old Guelph man was charged with dangerous driving, assault and uttering threats after he was caught on video harassing a female pedestrian at a drive-thru window on Stone Road. In the Monday morning incident, he allegedly threatened the pedestrian by aggressively pulling forward, and then dumping a bottle of water over her head and threatening to run her over.

A second man was charged in relation to a break-in at a Wellington Street West business earlier this month.

A 33-year-old Guelph woman is facing a further charge of failing to appear in court along with the original charges including three counts of possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking and seven counts of possessing stolen property that she failed in court to answer to. The woman turned herself in to officers patrolling downtown on Tuesday.

A 28-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing stolen property, possessing a stolen credit card, escaping custody, breaching probation and two counts of failing to comply with a release order. Police took the man into custody after they saw him act suspiciously in the area of Woolwich and Speedvale.

Total calls for service last week: 1,456

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