There are 145,000 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 Suffers Serious Injury in Collision
A 15-year-old Guelph man was transported to Guelph General Hospital and then transferred to a Hamilton trauma centre after he was hit by a pickup truck on Silvercreek North on Wednesday evening. At around 7 pm, two youths were riding push scooters southbound on the road, several drivers slowed down to avoid the scooters, but one was not so lucky.
The driver of a Ford F-150 tried to pass the scooters slowly, but one of the youths then veered into the curb lane, hitting the front corner of the truck and then they hit their head on the driver-side mirror. The collision is still under investigation, so if you were a witness and you haven’t talked to police call Constable Tom Lecomte at 519-824-1212, ext. 7163.
Police Still Looking for Reckless Motorcyclist
Last week, police reported a motorcyclist driving recklessly on Wellington Street, and he ended up back on police radar last Friday afternoon when has travelling at high rates of speed, riding between lanes, and ignoring traffic signals on Stone Road between Gordon and the Hanlon.
According to police, the biker in question is male, average build, wearing all black clothing including a black helmet, jacket and jeans, and he wears solid red running shoes. The bike is an older model sport bike that appears to have been repainted black and is without manufacturer decals. The plastic windshield is missing, and there is no licence plate on the rear mounting bars.
If you have any information or dash cam footage contact the Guelph Police Service Traffic Supervisor at (519) 824-1212, ext. 7225.
Real Road Rage But a Fake Gun
A serious situation got more serious last Friday afternoon when a woman reported that she was driving through a parking lot on Victoria and Eramosa and that she was followed by another vehicle. The male driver of the second vehicle then pulled up next to her, and started uttering a threat and pointing a handgun at her. The victim was able to note the licence plate, which allowed police to locate the other driver.
When officers spoke to the man, they recover two BB guns, one from inside his jacket, and the other from a satchel he was wearing, which also contained a lock-picking kit, a balaclava and gloves. A 24-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, pointing a firearm, use an imitation firearm while committing an offence, uttering threats and possessing break-in instruments.
Last Saturday morning, police were called to the area of Eramosa and Metcalfe after getting reports about a man inside a residence with a firearm. It turned out to be a plastic toy gun though, and no charges were laid.
A 21-year-old Guelph man was charged with break and enter, theft under $5,000 and three counts of possessing stolen property, and a 31-year-old Guelph man was charged with break and enter and breach of probation for a break-in last Friday at a Yarmouth Street business. Security video showed the two men breaking in after midnight. One man was picked up shortly after the break in, and the other was picked up downtown several hours later.
An e-bike was stolen from an address on Wellington near Imperial at around 4 am on Thursday. A man parked his bike, and when he came back just a short time later it was gone. It’s described as a red and black 2020 EMMO GTS street-style e-bike, and keys are still with the bike’s owner. If you have any information, call Constable Adam Kernan at 519-824-1212, ext. 7379, or email him at akernan [at] guelphpolice.ca.
A 39-year-old Guelph man was charged with theft under $5,000, breaching a release condition and breach of probation when he showed up at business on Woolwich where we was barred from entry as a bail condition. When staff refused to serve him, he took some product and walked out.
A 30-year-old Guelph woman was charged with theft under $5,000, possessing stolen property, unauthorized use of a credit card, personation, possessing a prohibited weapon and two counts of breaching probation. Last Saturday morning, police were called to a west end business because of a woman acting erratically and she had been in the washroom for over 40 minutes. It turns out she had made several purchases with stolen credit card, and she was hiding a flick knife on her person.
A 17-year-old from Guelph is charged with stunt driving, speeding and failing to produce a driver’s licence after police clocked him doing 93 kilometres per hour in a 50 zone on Wednesday afternoon on Victoria near Eastview.
Minor injuries were reported on Monday after a morning collision Speedvale and Victoria. Two vehicles collided in the intersection, and one of the vehicles struck a traffic light post and knocked it down. One driver was taken to the hospital for treatment, and it took three hours to clear the scene. Medical issues are believed to be the cause of the crash.
A 35-year-old Orillia man was charged with driving while prohibited and driving while suspended, and he also ended up getting his mom’s car impounded after getting pulled over by police Tuesday morning after receiving reports about an impaired driver.
A 41-year-old Maryhill man was charged with impaired operation. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after police received reports about an intoxicated man in a parking lot on Woodlawn Road West last Saturday night. When tested by police, he had more than legal limit of alcohol in his system, and police confirmed that he had been driving his car.
A man from British Columbia was arrested for theft of a motor vehicle and possessing stolen property over $5,000. Police identified a stolen van taken last Sunday from somewhere in Wellington County at a Guelph hotel on Tuesday morning.
A 55-year-old Guelph man faces six counts of failing to appear in court and failing to comply with an undertaking after police officers in another jurisdiction picked him up on Tuesday.
A 27-year-old Guelph man was charged with seven counts of possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking after a wellness check last Sunday night. The man was passed out inside a vehicle in a north end parking lot, and when police were speaking to him they say a clear vial of what looked like purple fentanyl in the driver’s door. After the man was arrested, a further search revealed methamphetamines, five different types of prescription medication, three cellphones, a scale and assorted drug paraphernalia.
Total calls for service last week: 1,300
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.