POLICE NOTES: Break-In Bust, Baseball Bat Beats and Lots of Impaired Driving

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.

Stunt Driving Bust for Going Double the Speed Limit

A 20-year-old Woodbridge man was charged with stunt driving and speeding, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 30 days after he was caught doing double the speed limit on Wednesday afternoon. At around 4 pm, a member of the Traffic Unit was patrolling on Kortright Road West when she saw a BMW doing 93 kilometres per hour in a posted 50 zone, and then when the officer tried to catch up, the other vehicle accelerated to 111 kilometres per hour. The driver later pulled into a parking lot on Gordon where the officer was able to issue the charges. (See above.)

Two Men Charged for Multiple Break-Ins

Three different business break-ins in the area of Harvard and Gordon were connected to two suspects found in a south-end hotel room on Tuesday morning. A 35-year-old Guelph man and 30-year-old Cambridge man were both charged with two counts of break and enter and three counts of possessing stolen property, and the Guelph suspect was also charged with possessing counterfeit currency and possessing a controlled substance. Search of the men and their hotel room recovered several stolen laptops as well as counterfeit currency and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Police Headquarters Re-opens on Monday

The headquarters of Guelph Police Services will re-open  to the public Monday March 21, the same day that provincial mask mandates are being removed by both the Government of Ontario, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. The front desk will be open daily from 8 am to 8 pm, and customer service will be available from Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 3:30 pm. Members of the public are reminded that they can still file for a record check and make police reports online.

Assault

A 33-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault causing bodily harm, two counts of assault with a weapon and uttering threats after police were called to a residence near Dawson and Willow early on Monday night. A man and a woman were involved in an argument when they were both struck in the head with a bat by a second male. When police caught up with the suspect on Tuesday morning, he was also charged with possessing stolen identity documents and possessing a stolen credit card.

Break-Ins

Police are looking for three people who tried to break-in at a business near Willow and Silvercreek at about 4:30 am on Thursday. Two suspects smashed in a glass door stealing $2,000 worth of product while the third person remained in the getaway car, an older model Ford Focus that was stolen from another jurisdiction and was later recovered by police. If you have any information call Constable Stephen Gawlik at 519-824-1212, ext. 7509, or email him at sgawlick [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Theft

The Guelph Police Service Break Enter Auto Theft (BEAT) unit arrested a team responsible for the theft of packages and mail last month. On Thursday, a 33-year-old woman was arrested at an address on Waterloo Avenue for break and enter, possessing break and enter instruments, theft of mail, theft under $5,000 and several breaches. A 48-year-old man  had already been taken into custody on unrelated matters and is also facing several charges of break and enter, theft and breaching court orders.

Police are investigating the theft of a trailer full of climbing equipment from a business at York and Victoria. The trailer is described as a black 20-foot V-nosed trailer valued at approximately $30,000, and it contained portable climbing walls and equipment valued at more than $10,000. If you have any information, call Constable Anna-Maria DePaepe at 519-824-1212, ext. 7195, or email her at adepaepe [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Seller beware because last Sunday someone met up with a teen male at a park on Starwood Drive to sell him an iPhone 13 Pro, but the teen took the phone and ran off into a nearby woods. The suspect is described as a teenager, approximately six feet tall with brown skin and a thin build. He was wearing a bright blue hoodie, a black winter jacket and a blue medical mask. If you have any information, call Constable Cameron Keddie at 519-824-1212, ext. 7431, email him at ckeddie [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police were called to a Southgate business on Tuesday morning after the catalytic converters were stolen on two company vehicles in a theft worth $2,100. Video surveillance showed one look out and two others who used power tools to break in and steal the converters. In the course of the investigation, police discovered that a work vehicle from a nearby business also had its catalytic converter stolen, but it’s uncertain if the two thefts are connected. If you have any information call Constable Denver Staines at 519-824-1212, ext. 7166, or email him at dstaines [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Traffic

Police are looking for anyone that might have witnessed a collision at Edinburgh and Stone at around 2:17 pm on Thursday involving a black Mazda 3 and white Ford pick-up. If you were a witness or have dashcam footage, call Constable Lindsay Porterfield of the Guelph Police Service Traffic Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7182 or email her at lporterfield [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 34-year-old Guelph man was arrested early Friday and charged with dangerous operation for a January 8 incident where a woman was pushed from a truck in the area of London and Exhibition.

A 38-year-old Thornhill man was charged with driving while suspended and failing to present a valid insurance card after being stopped for the third time in less than a year for suspicion of impaired driving, and the last time was only a month ago.

A 32-year-old Guelph man was charged with dangerous driving, flight from police and driving while suspended early Thursday when police saw the suspect’s vehicle breaking hard at the intersection at Speedvale and Silvercreek and then running a red light when police tried to conduct a traffic stop.

A 39-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation, and his driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 day after he failed a roadside screening. Police observed him leaving the Manor on Silvercreek South and were following behind him when they saw the driver crossing into the oncoming lane several times.

A 41-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving, and his driver’s licence was automatically suspended for 90 days after he was involved in a two-vehicle collision. The suspect had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

A 28-year-old Cambridge man was charged with impaired driving, and his driver’s licence was also automatically suspended after a single-vehicle collision on Laird Road at 1 am on Wednesday. The car had heavy front-end damage and the suspect had double the legal amount of alcohol in his system.

A 19-year-old Guelph woman charged with impaired driving last Friday after police notice a car stopped in the middle of the road on University Avenue West.

A 23-year-old Guelph man was also charged with impaired driving last Friday night when an officer responded to a car pulled over on Elizabeth Street where a female passenger was crying on the roadside. Both the woman and the male driver were showing signed of alcohol consumption.

Other Notes

A 22-year-old Guelph man was charged with obstructing police, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possessing a weapon contrary to a prohibition order. Police approached the man when they saw him smoking in the stairwell of a downtown apartment building when they discovered he had an outstanding warrant on a break and enter.

Police are investigating a car fire in a parking lot on Auden Road near Eastview at around 5:15 am on Thursday morning. If you have any information about the fire, call Constable Adam Shutsa at 519-824-1212, ext. 7335, or email him at ashutsa [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police are looking for a white male, 5’8” to 5’10” with a thin to medium build wearing a short black bomber-style jacket with a fur-lined hood and black pants with a belt after he was spotted committing an indecent act in Preservation Park last Sunday afternoon at 2:15 pm. If you have any information, call Constable Mallory Woeller at 519-824-1212, ext. 7462, or email her at mwoeller [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Total calls for service last week: 1,377

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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