POLICE NOTES: Firearm Reports, Remains Found, Murder Investigation Ongoing

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.

Road Closed After Report of a Firearm

Eramosa Road was closed for an hour near Meyer Drive on Tuesday afternoon after Guelph Police received a report of a man with a firearm in the area. After the area was cordoned off, a male emerged from the residence and was detained for investigative purposes. No firearm was found, and the man was released without charge, but an investigation is ongoing.

This was similar to another incident on Monday morning when officers were called to the train station on Carden Street after the report of a man with a gun tucked into his shirt. The man was located and detained by police at gun point when he explained that he had a toy gun, but threw it away before the police arrived. Police found the gun, and since the man had not used it in a threatening manner, nor possessed it for a dangerous purpose, the 56-year-old Guelphite was released without charges.

Human Remains Found Again Downtown

The road was closed in the area around Arthur and Macdonell Street on Thursday evening after police received reports about a deceased person found nearby. Though the death is not considered suspicious at this time, there is an investigation ongoing, so if you have any information call Detective Sergeant Christopher Probst at 519-824-1212 ext. 7342, or email him at cprobst [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police Still Looking for Info on Murder Investigation

In connection to a murder investigation started last week, Guelph Police are asking to speak to anyone that was in the area of a pathway that runs between Neeve Street and Wyndham Street South – on the south side of the Speed River – between 5:35 am and 9 am on July 11. On Wednesday July 13, a 43-year-old man was charged with second degree murder after the body of another man was behind a business near Wellington at Wyndham. If you have any information, call Detective Constable Scott Biser at 519-824-1212, ext. 7131, or email him at sbiser [at] guelphpolice.ca.


A 37-year-old Windsor man was arrested Tuesday in another jurisdiction and appeared in Guelph court on Tuesday for a 2020 assault downtown. Just before midnight on September 11, 2020, two men were involved got in a fight on Macdonell Street, and one of the men was punched in the face repeatedly before falling and hitting his head on the sidewalk causing a broken bone in his face, broken teeth and a concussion.

A 57-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault with a weapon, forcible confinement and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose after a three-hour standoff with police on Tuesday at a residence in the area of Eramosa and Victoria. After being held against her will at knife point, a woman was able to escape the house and call 9-1-1. Officers then arrived and surrounded the home before beginning for almost three hours of negotiation to convince the suspect to come out and be taken into custody.


A 40-year-old Guelph man was charged with break and enter, possessing stolen property under $5,000, breach of probation and failing to attend court after a break and enter in a downtown building under renovation last Sunday evening.  Approximately $2,600 worth of tools and construction materials were removed, and around $500 worth of stuff was recovered when the man was arrest on Monday afternoon.

Somebody broke into a south end daycare sometime between Sunday afternoon and early on Monday morning and stole $200 worth of items. If you have any information, call Constable Mallory Woeller at 519-824-1212, ext. 7462, or email her at mwoeller [at] guelphpolice.ca.


A 40-year-old Guelph man was charged with fraud over $5,000 after another police service picked him up on an outstanding warrant. The arrest was made for an incident in July 2019 where the suspect deposited a company cheque for just under $18,000 and received funds even thought the cheque ended up being a fake.

A 36-year-old Guelph man was arrested and charged with being an occupant in a stolen motor vehicle on Friday after DNA connected him to the theft of a pickup truck back in February of this year.

Twelve bottles of Chanel perfume worth $2,447 were stolen in a distraction theft at business near Eramosa and Stevenson on Thursday evening. If you have any information, call Constable Jessica Belcastro at 519-824-1212, ext. 7287, email her at jbelcastro [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police are looking for a black 2011 Mazda 6 motor vehicle that was taken from a commercial parking lot located near the intersection of Silvercreek and Woodlawn. If you have any information, call Constable Andrew Hildebrandt at 519-824-1212 ext. 7163, or email him at ahildebrandt [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 35 year old Guelph woman was charged with theft under $5,000, breach probation, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and fail to comply with a judicial release order after shoplifting from a store at Clair and Gordon on Wednesday night. She was arrested on Thursday morning with a can of bear attack repellent spray.


A 39-year-old Guelph woman had her licence suspended for three days after a blood test showed that she was driving with between 50 milligrams of alcohol and 100 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

A 33 year old Guelph male has been charged with impaired operation of a conveyance after he failed a roadside breath test during a traffic stop near Niska and Downey on Thursday evening.

A 36-year-old Guelph man was charged with failing to stop after a collision, obstructing police and operating a vehicle without insurance after fleeing the scene of a collision on Speedvale near Metcalfe last Sunday. A licence plate was left at the scene, which police were able to tie to the driver when he drove past the collision again a short time later in a new vehicle. He initially denied being involved.

Police are looking for the person they believed to have been driving a grey Volkswagen that was involved in a hit and run with a teen cyclist in the area of Edinburgh and Municipal Street at 10:20 pm on June 23. The cyclist was uninjured, and the the vehicle was last seen heading north on Edinburgh. If you have any information or dashcam footage call Constable Tom Lecomte at 519-824-1212, ext. 7163 or email him at tlecomte [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 67-year-old Guelph woman charged with impaired operation, and her licence was immediately suspended for 90 days after she tried to drive home impaired from a licensed establishment at Speedvale and Silvercreek last Sunday evening. Staff was able to get her keys and offered to call her a cab, but she had a second set of keys and drove off.

A 23-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation, driving while suspended and several other provincial offences, and his licence was immediately suspended for 90 days after he was observed by police driving at a high rate of speed on Victoria near Woodlawn. He failed a roadside test, and he had both marijuana and an open can of beer visible in this vehicle.

An unknown car did serious damage to itself and to a property on Algoma Drive near Montana on Thursday morning. If you have any information, call Constable Thomas Lecomte at 519-824-1212 ext. 7163, email him at tlecomte [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 24-year-old Guelph man was charged with dangerous operation, possession of more than one license, and use plate not authorized for vehicle after he was found by a concerned driver who called the police about a man asleep behind the wheel at the Speedvale/Edinburgh intersection. The man was found a bit later in a parking lot at Woodlawn and Woolwich and not only was he impaired, but he had three separate Ontario driver’s licenses in his possession.

A 40-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation on Tuesday morning after he was found in the area of Suffolk and Woolwich. He was slumped over in his running vehicle with what looked like a contaminated meth pipe in his hand. Before being formally arrested, the man was checked by paramedics.

Other Notes

A 38-year-old Guelph man was arrested for mischief under $5,000 on Wednesday for smashing a surveillance camera outside a business near Wellington and Wyndham at 2 am on July 15.

A second man was charged in connection to a early morning incident on October 16, 2021 when police responded to gunshots from a parking lot on Silvercreek Parkway South. No gunshot victims were found, but the gun was and a Guelph man was taken into custody the next day. A cellphone from that suspect led police to a second arrest this week, a 23-year-old Guelph man was arrested last Sunday, and is facing several charges including weapons trafficking, possessing weapons for the purpose of trafficking and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

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.

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