POLICE NOTES: Man Still Missing, Fire Arrest, and Stolen Stuff Found

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.

Man Arrested for Setting Townhouse Fire

A 32-year-old Guelph man was arrested and charged with arson endangering life, uttering threats, break and enter and escaping lawful custody in connection to a fire that destroyed a townhouse in the area of Willow Road and Westwood Road last Friday night. A search of the man’s residence also resulted in additional charges including Possession of a Controlled substance (cocaine) for the purposes of trafficking, unauthorized possession of a weapon and possessing a weapon while prohibited.

Missing Man Still Missing

A month after the last time that anyone saw him, Charles Rudd is still missing and Guelph Police are trying to keep his name out there. Apparently, many people in the community have proposed combining their efforts to do an organized search, but there’s no specific location where Rudd went missing in so there’s no place to really begin a search. Once again, Charles Rudd is a white male, 5’10”, 150 pounds with unkempt grey hair. If you have any information, call Detective Constable Scott Biser at 519-824-1212, ext. 7131, or sbiser [at] guelphpolice.ca or Detective Constable Brendan Campbell at ext. 7177 or bcampbell [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Twice the Legal Speed Limit!

At 3:45 am on Friday, Guelph Police did a speed enforcement on Woodlawn near Governors Road, a Nissan was clocked doing 118 kilometres per hour in a posted 60 zone. When police stopped the car, they found several empty and semi-empty containers of alcohol, and a roadside test showed that the driver had more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system. A 25-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation, stunt driving, speeding and other alcohol-related offences, and his licence was suspended for 90 days.

Is This Your Stuff?

Is the stuff in the picture below yours? Guelph Police found it on a man breaking into vehicles in the north end this past Monday evening, along with a small amount of a substance that’s likely fentanyl. Among the stolen property is several pairs of sunglasses, a couple of wallets, some games and blu-rays, and some personal items. If any of this belongs to you, email Constable Tom Lecomte at tlecomte [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Assault

A 17-year-old Guelph man was arrested and charged with assault cause bodily harm, assault with a weapon and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose

Traffic

A 49-year-old Guelph man was charged with two counts each of driving while disqualified under the Criminal Code and driving while suspended under the Highway Traffic Act after officers caught him driving in the area of Eramosa Road near Woolwich when he had already been given two lifetime driving prohibitions for impaired driving.

A 22-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation, and his driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days after an employee at an Edinburgh Road South business called police about a colleague Monday afternoon who left work and she believed was impaired. The man was falling asleep at work and slurring his speech, and when police tested him at headquarters he had four-times the legal limit in his system.

A 60-year-old woman from Guelph-Eramosa Township was charged with impaired operation and two counts of possessing a controlled substance after she was observed driving erratically downtown, and was later stopped after mounting a sidewalk on York Road. The driver showed signs of impairment when stopped and baggies containing suspected crack cocaine and fentanyl, as well as pipes and a naloxone kit, were discovered in the car.

Theft/Break-Ins

A 19-year-old Guelph man was arrested and charged with break and enter, fraud under $5,000 and identity fraud after he broke into a store at Woodlawn and Woolwich. The man used to work at the store and used another employee’s access to fraudulently put $800 on a gift card.

Five fridges and a stove were stolen from a condo building at Gordon Street near Clair Road East, they were stolen from an underground garage between late November and the end of December. If you have any information, call Constable Frazer McCrindle at 519-824-1212, ext. 7327, email him at fmccrindle [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 25-year-old Guelph man was arrested on Tuesday for a November stop at a Stone Road gas station where he filled up a stolen Audi from Halton Region.

Police are looking for a white male, late 30s with brown hair and wearing a blue winter jacket, colourful toque and blue mask who ran out of a Stone Road jewellery store late on Friday afternoon with a 10-carat gold chain and pendant. If you have any information call Constable Breanne McDonald at 519-824-1212, ext. 7428, email her at bmcdonald [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A John Deere riding tractor, homemade trailer and Ryobi brush cutter with a total value of approximately $3,700 were stolen from a camp property on Stone Road East. If you have any information about this break-in call Constable Denver Staines at 519-824-1212, ext. 7166, email him at dstaines [at] guelphpolice.ca

A 44-year-old Guelph male is charged with resisting arrest, obstructing police, possessing a controlled substance and failing to leave a premises when directed. Last Friday morning, a man entered a business on Gordon Street near Wellington Street East and used the bathroom, but he refused to leave the premise after 25 minutes. Police arrived and took him into custody, though he struggled as police tried to cuff him. They also found a small amount of what they suspect is crystal meth.

A 33-year-old Guelph woman was arrested downtown and charged with possessing stolen property, failing to comply with a bail order and two counts of using a stolen credit card. The woman is alleged to have stolen a credit card from a car downtown and it was used at two nearby business. It also turned out that the woman was wanted for failing to appear in court last month for several charges.

Police are looking for a man who stole a laptop. A Guelph man had posted the sale of a MacBook Pro on a buy-and-sell website, and the buyer came to his home in the area of Grange Road and Cityview Drive North to pick up the computer. The buyer had an e-transfer receipt that supposedly deposited $1,800 into the seller’s account, but the receipt turned out to be a fake. The suspect is described as a black male, six-feet tall and wearing a blue surgical mask. He was driving a black Mazda SUV or hatchback. If you have any information call Constable Daniel Urbshas at 519-824-1212, ext. 7240, or email him at durbshas [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Other Notes

A Kitchener man was arrested for failing to show up to an August court date to answer for charges including possessing stolen property over $5,000 and obstructing police. He was held in custody to that he could appear in court on Friday.

A 38-year-old Guelph man arrested last week for assaulting his roommate and spitting on him was arrested again for going back to the scene of the crime though not going home was a condition of his bail.

A Guelph woman was arrested this week for fraud over $5,000 after police investigated an alleged defrauding of a provincial social services agency.

Police are looking for a couple in a pickup truck who were seen in the area around London Road West and Exhibition Street on Monday evening. It looked like a female passenger had fell or was pushed from the truck, and the police want to make sure everyone’s okay. The truck was described as an older white Ford pickup with a plow attachment on the front. The female was described as being in her 20s with an average build and blonde hair and wearing a silver jacket. The male driver was in his 20s and wearing a red plaid jacket. If you have any information, call Constable Mike Powell at 519-824-1212, ext. 7206, email him at mpowell [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Total calls for service last week: 1,284

If you have any information about the crimes or incidents mentioned above, you can also call Guelph Wellington Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or post online at csgw.tips.

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