POLICE NOTES: Stolen Trucks, Spitting Incident and More Indecency

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.

Five Trucks Stolen in Two Days

Five Dodge Ram trucks were stolen over a two-day period on August 9 and 10, which is part of an increased number of auto thefts involving newer model Rams and Ford F150 trucks in Guelph and the surrounding area this year. If you have any information about the thefts,  contact Detective Constable Alex Nagrodski of the Break Enter Auto Theft (BEAT) Unit at anagrodski [at] guelphpolice.ca.

In the meantime, both the Guelph Police and the Insurance Bureau of Canada  wants truck owners to take extra precautions to make sure that no one steals their vehicle in the future, and to make sure that your truck is not a sitting duck for a thief.

  • Don’t leave a keyless entry fob in a vehicle or unprotected at the front entrance of your home. Thieves can use wireless transmitters to intercept the signal, giving them access to the vehicle. Consider storing fobs in a protective box or bag that blocks the signal.
  • Install an immobilizing device which prevents thieves from bypassing the ignition and hot-wiring a vehicle. This can include devices that require wireless ignition authentication or starter, ignition, and fuel pump disablers.
  • Install a tracking device that emits a signal to police or a monitoring station if a vehicle is stolen.
  • Never leave a vehicle running when unattended.
  • Lock the doors and close all windows when parked.
  • Make sure to park in well-lit areas or in the garage.
  • Use a visible or audible device that shows thieves a vehicle is protected.
  • Consider using a deterrent like a steering wheel or brake pedal lock.
  • Block your vehicle in your driveway with another vehicle.
  • Don’t leave personal information, like insurance and ownership documents, in the glovebox when parked.

Assault

A 40-year-old Guelph man is charged with two counts of assault after spitting on two customers in the downtown business he worked in.

Break-Ins

Police are asking for help to find a mustard-coloured, leopard print purse that was stolen from a home near Municipal and Elson early on Tuesday morning. Inside the purse was a digital camera with photos of the victim’s late daughter. If you have any information call Constable Jash Manani at 519-824-1212, ext. 7273, or email him at jmanani [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Theft

Various tools were stolen from a commercial site under construction at Gordon and Clair some time last weekend. If you have any information, call Constable Emily Richardson at 519-824-1212, ext. 7486, email her at erichardson [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police officers were called to a construction site at 2:30 am on Monday after receiving a call from an alarm company. Although there didn’t appear to be anything amiss at the time, workers arrived at the site later that morning and noticed that several power tools and a laptop were missing. If you have any information about this case, call Constable Anna-Maria DePaepe at 519-824-1212, ext. 7195, email her at adepaepe [at] guelphpolice.ca.

The attempted theft of a catalytic converter at a residence near Gordon and Arkell was interrupted by the homeowner at around 2 am on Tuesday. Two men were seen running to a nearby vehicle leaving behind a saw blade, drill equipment and the converter. If you have any information, call Constable Ryan Horvat at 519-824-1212, ext. 7485, or email him at rhorvat [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Traffic

No charges were laid in the course of a RIDE spot check on Gordon Street on Sunday morning. Only six drivers were asked to provide blood samples.

A 29-year-old Guelph man was charged with speeding and stunt driving, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 30 days after driving 102 kilometres per hour in a 60 zone in the area of Wellington and Imperial last Saturday morning.

A 24-year-old Kitchener man was charged with stunt driving and several other Highway Traffic Act offences, plus his licence was suspended for 30 days after he was clocked doing 100 kilometres per hour in a 60 zone on York Road near Howitt Monday morning.

A 59-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after he failed a roadside test on Monday evening on Woodlawn East.

A 19-year-old Guelph man is charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop after a collision after his car collided with two parked cars while turning onto Thornberry Court from Edinburgh South. The driver was identified from the license plate they left behind, as well as their front bumper.

A 34-year-old Guelph man was charged with dangerous driving, flight from police and operation while prohibited for an incident after midnight on July 2 where a motorcyclist with no plates on his bike did a U-turn and fled from police when he spotted the cruiser.

An 18-year-old Guelph man was charged with obstructing police, driving without insurance, driving with unauthorized licence plates and several other Highway Traffic Act offences. This came after a two vehicle collision on Tuesday afternoon in the area of Woodlawn and Arrow Road.

Other Notes

A 40-year-old Guelph woman was charged with mischief under $5,000, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and breach of probation for smashing a glass door at, of all places, Guelph Police headquarters late on Tuesday night.

A 24-year-old Guelph man was charged with breaching an undertaking, escaping custody and breaching probation. The suspect was originally charged last week with shoving a woman who was out walking her dog, and he breached his bail conditions by loitering outside the victim’s house.

Police Service are looking for a man who was masturbating in a park near Goodwin and Hall on Wednesday evening. The two adult women that saw the suspect described him as 40-50 years of age, approximately 5’10” with tanned skin, an average build and a mustache. He was wearing a bright blue t-shirt and grey pants or shorts.If you have any information, call Constable Brad Townsend at 519-824-1212, ext. 7135, or email him at btownsend [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 28-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing stolen property, trafficking in stolen property, possessing a weapon, possessing a controlled substance, possessing break and enter instruments and breaching a release order. That’s on top of the original charges of assault and theft that he was originally wanted for when he was spotted by police on Wednesday evening walking along Edinburgh Road North.

Total calls for service last week: 1,273

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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