POLICE NOTES: Window Smashing, Shoplifting Spree, and Big Drug Bust

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.

Man Just Kept Shoplifting in Week-Long Crime Spree

On Monday, a 28-year-old man stole a hammock and a pillow valued at $509.99 from a store near Stone and Edinburgh, and if that wasn’t bad enough, he failed to show up for a court date the next day to answer for charges including Possession Of Property Obtained By Crime Under $5,000, Unlawfully Possess Identity Documents and six Breaches of Probation.

Then on Thursday morning, police were finally able to catch up with the suspect near the intersection of Silvercreek and Paisley. He was arrested, and had $512 worth of stolen tools and work gloves on his person when he was taken into custody. In addition to those previous charges, the suspect is also being tagged with Theft Under $5,000, Fail To Attend Court, Possession Of Property Obtained By Crime Under $5,000, and two counts of Breach Probation.

Big Theft and Drug Bust

After months of investigation by the Break Enter Auto Theft (BEAT) unit, seven search warrants were executed on properties in Guelph and Waterloo Region on Wednesday with help from the Waterloo Regional Police Service Break Enter and Vehicle Theft Team, as well as the Guelph Police Tactics & Rescue Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit and Intelligence Unit. Ultimately, police seized $40,000 worth of stolen property, $15,000 in cash, and $25,000 worth of meth, cocaine and fentanyl.

Four individuals have been arrested and face multiple drug trafficking, stolen property and firearm related criminal charges including a 47-year-old Kitchener man, a 30-year-old Kitchener woman, a 27-year-old Guelph man, and a 29-year-old Guelph woman.


A 69-year-old Guelph man was charged with Assault Police and Being Intoxicated In A Public Place after he thew a beer can at a police officer when he was told that it was illegal to have open alcohol in public.

A 55-year-old Guelph man was charged with Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence, two counts of Assault With A Weapon, Mischief Under $5000, Aggravated Assault, and Uttering Threats To Cause Death in connection to an early morning stabbing at a residential building near Woolwich and Speedvale. The suspect allegedly broke into the apartment and police found the male victim with multiple stab wounds in his leg. The victim was taken to a trauma centre and released.


A laptop, identity documents, a fanny pack and some expensive Ray-Ban sunglasses were among the items taken from a residence near Waterloo and Edinburgh sometime in the day on Thursday. If you have any information call Constable Melissa Anthony at 519-824-1212 ext. 7487, or email her at manthony [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Also on Thursday in the area of Waterloo and Edinburgh, a man tried to break into a home at around 8:38 am but did $50 worth of damage to a window instead. He’s described as having brown coloured skin and a shaved head while wearing blue jeans, a grey shirt and a blue jacket. If you have any information, call Constable Scott Carroll at 519-824-1212 ext. 7489, email him at swcarroll [at] guelphpolice.ca.

There was a break-in at a restaurant near Silvercreek and Willow between 1 am and 9 am on Thursday morning; three tablets were stolen along with $238 in cash. If you have any information, call Constable Melissa Anthony at 519-824-1212 ext. 7487, or email her at manthony [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Back on June 14 a 38-year-old woman failed to appear in court on 17 different charges including multiple counts of Break and Enter and Theft. Then, last Friday, she was at it again, breaking into the rear door of a downtown building and then entered the parking garage. She was arrested four days later in the area of Silvercreek and Willow with break and enter tools plus a small quantity of fentanyl on her person. She has additionally been charged with Break And Enter With Intent To Commit An Indictable Offence, Possession Of Break In Instruments, Possession Of A Controlled Substance, two counts of Breach Probation, two counts of Fail To Comply With Release Order, and Fail To Attend Court.


Someone broke into a backyard shed at a home near Speedvale and Woolwich around 5 am on Thursday morning, a grey, black and silver KHS Alite Mountain bicycle valued at $1,200 was taken and a white Infinity Boss bicycle was left behind. If you have any information, call Constable Melissa Anthony at 519-824-1212 ext. 7487, email her at manthony [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 34-year-old Fergus woman has been charged with Theft Under $5,000 after allegedly stealing a purse from another woman in a downtown apartment building and running inside an adjacent unit.

A 27-year-old Guelph man was charged with Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence, Assault, Theft Under $5,000, and Being Intoxicated In A Public Place. He stole three bottles of alcohol from one downtown store  at 9 am last Saturday, and then stole four bags of chips from a downtown restaurant about two hours later punching an employee twice in the process.

Sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, approximately $10,000 worth of coils of wire were taken from three storage containers outside a manufacturing plant near Woodlawn and the Hanlon. If you have any information, call Constable Scott Srigley at 519-824-1212 ext. 7298, or email him at srigley [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Sometime over night on August 22 and 23, a black 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche was taken from the driveway of a residence near Clair and Victoria. Inside the car was a blue, red and white hockey bag containing $3,000 worth of hockey equipment, a black backpack containing $600 worth of climbing gear and $10,000 worth of various tools. If you have any information about this case, call Constable Jessica Belcastro at 519-824-1212 ext. 7287, or email her at jbelcastro [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 34-year-old Guelph man and a 36-year-old London woman were both charged with Possession Of Property Obtained By Crime Over $5,000, Possession Of Property Obtained By Crime Under $5,000, and Fail To Comply With Undertaking, while the man was also charged with Possession Of Schedule 1 and Breach Probation. The couple were not supposed to have contact with each other, and the vehicle they were driving in was stolen. Police found 17 stolen clothing items in the vehicle, and 0.2 grams of red fentanyl in the search of the man.


On Tuesday afternoon, a 30-year-old Guelph man was been charged with Operation While Impaired, Operation While Impaired – 80 Plus, and Fail To Slow Down And Proceed With Caution For An Emergency Vehicle after blowing past a police stop on the Hanlon near Speedvale.

A 32-year-old Guelph man was charged with Operation While Impaired and Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration 80+ after he nearly collided with several vehicles in the area around Stevenson and Waverley.

A 29-year-old Guelph man was charged with Operation While Impaired, and Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration 80+ after he collided with a parked car in the area of Clair and Gordon early on Sunday morning.

A 28-year-old Guelph man was charged with Having Care Or Control Of A Motor Vehicle With An Open Container Of Liquor, Operation While Impaired – Drug, and Possession For The Purpose Of Trafficking after being found passed out in his running car last Saturday morning in a parking lot near Woodlawn and Woolwich. Police found 18.5 grams of cocaine and 6.8 grams of crack cocaine in the car.

From Monday to Wednesday, there were 20 driving complaints and 14 motor vehicle collisions in Guelph.

Other Notes

On Wednesday at around 6:45 pm, a man threatened to hurt a woman who was trying to enter a downtown business while he was laying in front of the door. The man is described as White, 20-30 years old, 5’6 tall with a thin build. He also had buzz cut brown hair, short facial hair and wearing a grey t-shirt, dark pants and two long gold chains while carrying a grey/black backpack and a black duffle bag with a red handle. If you know this person or have any information about this incident, call Constable Emma Turney at 519-824-1212 ext. 7438, or email her at eturney [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Sometime overnight on Sunday, a rock was smashed through the windshield of a car outside a residence in the area of Grange and Victoria. If you have any information, call Constable Kent Schneider at 519-824-1212 ext. 7164, or email him at kschneider [at] guelphpolice.ca.

On Tuesday morning, police arrested man yelling and pacing in a park outside downtown. Obviously, alcohol was above. Along with the Failure To Comply With Judicial Release Order warrant he was wanted on, police arrested the 41-year-old man for Obstruct Police and Consume Liquor In Other Than Licensed Premises.

On Monday morning, a man smashed a window at a business near Victoria and Grange causing $2,000 worth of damage, and then on Thursday he went on a spree smashing windows at seven other businesses in the same area and causing $9,000 worth of damage. A 31-year-old Guelph male has been charged with eight counts of Mischief Under $5,000 and nine counts of Breach Of Probation. Police are still investigating because they believe there could be more victims. If you have any information, call Constable Mark O’Connell at 519-824-1212 ext. 7126, or email him at mmoconnell [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Total calls for service last week: 1,584

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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