POLICE NOTES: Storm Damage, Drug Bust, and Lots More Stunt 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.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust

Members of the Guelph Police’s Break Enter Auto Theft (BEAT) unit were part of a drug bust that started as traffic stop on Wednesday afternoon. While downtown, officers noted a man getting into a parked car and they knew that he was bound by several driving prohibitions. When they stopped the car, they discovered not only was it stolen, but the licence plates on the car were stolen, and there were two other plates in the car too. Police also recovered a throwing knife and quantities of suspected crystal methamphetamine, fentanyl and morphine pills.

A 32-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000, three counts of possessing stolen property under $5,000, three counts of driving while prohibited, possessing a concealed weapon, three counts of possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking and failing to comply with an undertaking.

Storm Causes Lots of Damage, But No Injuries

Police reported after last Saturday’s storm that a whole portion of the roof was torn off at a plaza on Edinburgh near Municipal, there were no injuries reported as a result of the damage. Police received more than 120 calls in a one-hour period between noon and 1 pm, most had to do with downed trees and power lines, but there was one woman who luckily escaped injury when a large tree fell on her car in the area of Lemon and Ardmay.


A 31-year-old Guelph man was arrested at the scene and is charged with assault and administering a noxious substance. One man threw peroxide in the eyes of another man while they were having an argument in the parking lot of a motel on Woodlawn Road West. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment but there was no permanent damage.

An 18-year-old Guelph man was charged with mischief, uttering threats, assault police and public intoxication after causing a scene in the area of Yorkshire and Cambridge. The man was intoxicated, and among his concerning actions were knocking over a basketball net, threatening the homeowner, and climbing up on the roof of a car and jumping up and down. About $1,000 in damage was caused, and the man attempted to punch an officer while being taken into custody.


A 60-inch RCA television and Lenovo laptop with a total value of more than $3,000 were stolen from a business on Woolwich Street near Suffolk sometime over the Victoria Day long weekend. If you have any information, call Constable Jeff Reid at 519-824-1212, ext. 7447, or email him at jreid [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 17-year-old Guelph man was charged with break and enter and theft over $5,000 for a break-in earlier this month in the area of Imperial and West Acres. The youth had broken into the house through a rear patio door and took the keys to the vehicle, which he then broke into. The homeowner, who recognized the youth, scared them off without taking the car.

Sometime overnight on Tuesday, a man broke into four storage units at a business in the area of Woodlawn and Elmira; only minor thefts were report, but the break-in caused thousands of dollars in damage. Police are looking for white male with a medium build. He was wearing a red windbreaker with the hood up, a baseball cap, blue pants and was carrying a backpack. If you have any information, call Constable Carson Skipper at 519-824-1212, ext. 7283, email him at cskipper [at] guelphpolice.ca.


Someone tried to steal a tractor-trailer from the area of Willow and Dawson sometime last week. The driver’s side window was broken and the dashboard was damaged causing $4,000 in damage. If you have any information, call Special Constable Allie Johnston at 519-824-1212, ext. 7457, or email her at ajohnston [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Two motorcycles were stolen from a trailer at a business on Elizabeth near Victoria sometime overnight last Thursday. Three men were caught on security cameras, and they’re described as wearing black hoodies and dark pants and two of them were wearing white motorcycle helmets. The bikes they stole were a green Kawasaki KLX400 and a red Honda CFR 230 with Florida licence plates. If you have any information, call Constable Ryan Lue at 519-824-1212, ext. 7395, or email him at rlue [at] guelphpolice.ca.


A 59-year-old Guelph man was charged with speeding and stunt driving, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 30 days after he was clocked doing 101 kilometres per hour in a posted 60 zone near Watson and Speedvale on Monday afternoon. (See above.) The black Volkswagen was impounded for 14 days.

Police are looking for blue Honda Fit driven by a woman who struck a 14-year-old male in the parking lot of Bullfrog Mall at 12:45  pm on Thursday. The teen did not require medical treatment, but it you have an information call Constable Tim Paneghel at 519-824-1212, ext. 7529, or email him at tpaneghel [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 47-year-old Guelph man was charged with driving while suspended and had his vehicle impounded for seven days after police conducted a traffic stop on Wednesday afternoon.

A 32-year-old Kitchener man was charged with impaired driving, stunt driving and speeding, and his driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days. The driver was caught doing 117 kilometres per hour in a post 60 zone along Wellington Street West, and yes, he was found to have twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

A 40-year-old Hillsburgh man was charged with impaired operation, failing to stop after a collision and driving with an expired licence after a traffic stop on Woodlawn Thursday afternoon. The driver was involved in a collision in another jurisdiction, and yes, a test proved that he had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

A 32-year-old Guelph man was charged with failing to yield from a private driveway under the Highway Traffic Act after a rollover Thursday afternoon in the area of Ediburgh and Woodlawn. The man entered the roadway from a private driveway in his car, but the way was not clear and an SUV collided with the car and flipped over on its roof. A woman was taken to the hospital for the treatment of minor injuries.

A 25-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation, having open alcohol readily available and novice driver having a blood-alcohol concentration above zero after he was found passed out in an idling vehicle on Woolwich Street Tuesday night.

A 38-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving, and his driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days after the car he was driving hit two different parked cars in the area of Alma and Willow. And yes, he had nearly three times the legal amount of alcohol in his system.

Other Notes

A 35-year-old Guelph man was charged with failing to comply with a release order, breaching probation and possession of a controlled substance after police were called to an address at Woodlawn and Montana about an unwanted person. The man is supposed to be under house arrest in Sault Ste. Marie.

Total calls for service last week: 1,738

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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