POLICE NOTES: Rollover, More Scams, and Break-In Busts

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.

Teen Driver Charged After Roll Over

A 17-year-old Guelph woman has been charged under the Highway Traffic Act with failing to yield to through traffic after a two-car collision on Tuesday morning in the area of Grange and Bradson. At around 10:15 am, a GMC SUV struck a Toyota sedan causing the SUV to flip onto its roof. The driver of the SUV, who was later charged, and a 39-year-old woman who was a passenger in the sedan, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. If you witnessed the collision, police would like to talk to you. Contact Constable Michael Braga of the Traffic Unit by email at mbraga [at] guelphpolice.ca.

2-in-1 Crypto *and* Gift Card Scam

A Guelph man lost $5,300 after someone claiming to be from Visa called him and asked for his help to catch a scammer. The victim bought $1,300 in prepaid Mastercards and gave the numbers to the caller who later reached out to the man again and asked him to deposit $4,000 in a downtown Bitcoin machine. Guelph Police want to remind you no government agency, police officer, or other official will ask you to purchase gift cards or cryptocurrency. If you think you might be about to become the victim of fraud, call the Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212, or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Police Board Meeting this Week

The monthly Guelph Police Services Board is this Thursday, April 21, at 2:30 pm. You can see the agenda here, and then tune in to the meeting on the Guelph Police YouTube page.

*Two Stabbed in Downtown Fight

Two men were stabbed in an altercation downtown early on Saturday morning, police and emergency services were called to the intersection of Wyndham and Macdonell at around 2 am, and the two men were taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries. They have since been released. If you have any information about this incident, call Detective Constable Brendan Campbell of the ]Major Crime Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7177, or email him at bcampbell [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Assault

A 48-year-old Guelph woman was charged with assaulting a peace officer after police were called to a disturbance at a residence in the area of Victoria and MacAlister. The woman became belligerent and swore at the officer before shoving him with both hands and causing him to stumble backwards. The officer was uninjured.

Break-Ins

A 30-year-old Puslinch man was located in downtown Guelph on Wednesday and was charged with attempted break and enter, possessing break-in instruments, theft under $5,000 and three counts of fraud under $5,000 in connection to three break-and-enter thefts in February and March.

A 34-year-old Guelph female is charged with break and enter, theft under $5,000, mischief under $5,000 and possessing break-in instruments for a February 1 break-in at an apartment building new Gordon and Clair.

Police are looking for a woman who broke into the same apartment building at Macdonell near Wyndham three times last week, just before 3 am on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. If you have any information about these incidents call Constable Dakota Dakins at 519-824-1212, ext. 7277, or email him at ddakins [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A home in the area of Knightswood and Waverley was broken into while the homeowner was away on business, a jewellery box and a spare set of keys to the victim’s car were stolen. If you have any information, call Constable Cameron Keddie at 519-824-1212, ext. 7431, email him at ckeddie [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Two men were arrested in connection to a pair of break-ins at downtown buildings on April 8, one on Macdonell Street and one on Yarmouth Street. Several boxes were taken from the parking garage at the Yarmouth address, but it wasn’t disclosed if anything was taken from Macdonell. Police are still looking for two women who were also involved in the break-ins.

Theft

A 29-year-old Guelph woman was charged with fraud under $5,000, after she took a $400 nail gun off the shelf of a Dawson Road store and tried to return it.

A Toyota pick-up truck was stolen from a house in the area of Arkell and Summerfield early on Tuesday morning, and was recovered less than five hours later on Cambridge Street. If you have any information about this theft, call Detective Constable Alex Nagrodski of the Guelph Police Service BEAT Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7137, email him at anagrodski [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A trailer containing $50,000 worth of electronics were stolen from outside a business near Southgate and Clair sometime between last Saturday and Monday morning. The truck that was pulling the trailer was later recovered in Mississauga. If you have any information, call Constable Alex Nagrodski of the Guelph Police Service Break Enter Auto Theft (BEAT) Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7137, email him at anagrodski [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Traffic

An SUV hit a house near Victoria and Vancouver last Saturday night. No injuries were reported.

Police are investigating a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Victoria and Speedvale last Saturday evening. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the traffic signal box demolished and a damaged blue Yamaha lying nearby. A witness reported a man in black clothing running northbound on Victoria. If you have any information call Constable Mark O’Connell at 519-824-1212, ext. 7126, or email him at mmoconnell [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Other Notes

A 36-year-old Guelph man was charged with two counts of mischief under $5,000 on Monday morning after staff at an Essex Street business reported the suspect was scratching vehicles parked along the street.

Police found a stolen Dodge van that was taken from a driveway in the east-end on March 17 was found abandoned in a downtown parking lot on Wednesday. The was taken by police for forensic examination, and the investigation is ongoing. If you have any information, call Special Constable Tim Jotham at 519-824-1212, ext. 7184, email him at tjotham [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Total calls for service last week: 1,184

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.

*UPDATED Saturday April 16m, 12:13 pm.

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