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 going 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.
Two Youths Charged in West End Stabbing
Two youths from Guelph were charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possessing a prohibited weapon after a 16-year-old was found in the area of Willow Public School with stab wounds. A verbal altercation between the three parties escalated into a physical assault with the victim taken to hospital in stable condition on Monday. Two different knives were recovered from the scene. Police still want any information people might have about this incident, so call Detective Constable Mary Ellen McEwen at 519-824-1212, ext. 7174, or email her at MMcEwen [at] guelphpolice.ca.
A 17-year-old Guelph man was charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, uttering threats and breaching a bail condition. The suspect threatened another youth with a rock and a knife, striking the victim in the face causing injury.
A 21-year-old Guelph man was charged with robbery and five counts of assault with a weapon after he held a knife to the throat of an employee in the process of trying to steal a TV and other items from a business at Stone and Edinburgh.
A 28-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault to resist arrest, stunt driving and speeding, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 30 days after police were conducting a speed enforcement stop on Niska Road Tuesday. The driver was doing 100 kilometres per hour in a 50 zone, and when he was told that his car would be impounded, he refused to get out of the car and slapped the officer on the hand three times when they tried to open the car door. Eventually, the man was removed from the vehicle and was handcuffed after struggling to resist arrest for several more minutes during which a passerby called 9-1-1.
Over $200,000 worth of collectibles and electronics, plus a $3,000 bottle of scotch, were all stolen from a business near Gordon and Waterloo at around 3:45 am last Saturday morning. Police are looking for two male suspects. If you have any information, call Constable Cameron Keddie at 519-824-1212, ext. 7431, or email him at ckeddie [at] guelphpolice.ca.
A 26-year-old Guelph woman was charged with break and enter after she entered the garage of a Yarmouth Street apartment building. She spend an hour checking car doors and stealing items from the ones she found unlocked.
Two men were arrested in connection to a package theft from a downtown apartment building last month. A 46-year-old Guelph man was arrested Monday morning for break and enter, and a 40-year-old Guelph male was arrested later on Monday with break and enter, possessing break-in instruments, possessing property obtained by crime, possessing a controlled substance and breach of probation. A small amount of suspected ecstasy along with property believed to be stolen was found on the second suspect.
A bag holding a flow meter, a specialized piece of equipment used in environmental monitoring worth $12,000, was stolen from a truck parked at residence in the area of Imperial and Kipling overnight Wednesday or early Thursday. If you have any information, call Constable John Hunt at 519-824-1212, ext. 7359, email him at jhunt [at] guelphpolice.ca.
A white 2018 Honda CRV was stolen from Westwood and a white 2019 Honda CRV was stolen from the area of Eramosa and Meyer within a few hours of each other on Monday, but it’s unknown if the two thefts are related. If you have any information, call Special Constable Amanda Chalmers at 519-824-1212, ext. 7516, or email her at achalmers [at] guelphpolice.ca.
At 12:45 pm on Wednesday, police were called to the area of Hadati and Yeats after reports of a suspicious man removing items from a parked SUV. It terns out that the car was stolen last weekend. The suspect is described as a white male, bald, wearing black clothing and carrying a bicycle tire. If you have any information call Special Constable Amanda Chalmers at 519-824-1212, ext. 7516, or email her at achalmers [at] guelphpolice.ca.
A 28-year-old Guelph man was charged with theft under $5,000, possessing a controlled substance and two counts each of unauthorized use of a credit card and breaching a probation order. A credit card was stolen from a car in the area of Silvercreek and Ajax on July 2 and used to buy $270 worth of stuff at two nearby businesses. Police caught up with the suspect on Wednesday, and he was found with a small amount of suspected fentanyl and a spring-loaded knife on his person.
A 32-year-old Guelph man and a 19-year-old Cambridge woman face charges including possession for the purpose of trafficking, possessing prohibited weapons and possessing property obtained by crime. Not only had the car been reported stolen from Cambridge, but a search revealed suspected crack cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamines, morphine and prescription pills, plus a sawed-off shotgun, ammunition, a conducted energy weapon, a large amount of suspected stolen property and more than $1,500 in cash.
A 47-year-old Guelph man was arrested for mischief and stunt driving Monday afternoon after the suspect followed another car down Willow Road and onto the Hanlon when he got in front of the victim and slammed on his brakes and forced the victim to stop. The suspect then got out of his car and began punching the victim’s side window, and struck the car’s hood causing a large dent.
A 60-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after police were called about an intoxicated river leaving a west end business in his vehicle on Wednesday afternoon.
The driver of a silver Dodge Nitro SUV involved in a collision near the intersection of Speedvale and Stevenson told police that he was being chased by a man in a grey Dodge Charger down Speedvale. This was on Friday at around 12:45 am, and police would like to speak to anyone who saw anything or anyone along that route who has security footage between 12:30 am and 12:45 am. If this sounds like you, call Constable Tom Lecomte of the Traffic Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7163, or email him at tlecomte [at] guelphpolice.ca.
A 39-year-old Guelph man was charged with arson with disregard for human life in connection to a loveseat that was set on fire in the corridor of a Carden Street apartment building. The fire was set in a hallway leading to nine apartments, including some that had children inside.
Five men from the Toronto area are facing various charges including dangerous operation, possessing stolen property over $5,000, possessing stolen property under $5,000, theft under $5,000 and breaching court orders. Last Friday, police were called to a Woodlawn and Woolwich business about some shoplifters who tried to escape in their BMW SUV and rammed two different police cruisers in the process. The BMW and its licence plates were also stolen.
Police are looking for a white female, 5’9” with an average build and long blonde hair in braids who entered a business at Woodlawn and Imperial at 1:30 pm on Thursday. When her debit card didn’t work, she kicked the glass door and shattered it before fleeing. The suspect was wearing a black shirt, tan cargo pants, work boots and a grey and orange baseball cap. If you have any information, call Constable Brad Townsend at 519-824-1212, ext. 7135, email him at btownsend [at] guelphpolice.ca.
Total calls for service last week: 1,540
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.