POLICE NOTES: Car on Fire, Rogue Biker, and Lots of Shoplifting

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.

Police Joining Welcoming Week Efforts

The Guelph Police Service will be holding a meet and greet at police headquarters between 10 am and 3 pm on Saturday September 17 as part of the Welcoming Week efforts being organized by Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership. Officers with specialized knowledge will be available to discuss road safety (including rules regarding bicycles and e-bikes), language interpretation services, victim support and youth engagement. The Fraud Unit will offer a presentation on current frauds and fraud prevention beginning at 11 am, and Officer HUGS will be there for the kids. Learn more about all the Welcoming Week events here.

Police Board Meeting this Week

The monthly Guelph Police Services Board is this Thursday, September 15, at 2:30 pm. You can see the agenda here, and then tune in to the meeting on the Guelph Police YouTube page.

Assault

A 35-year-old Guelph man was charged with two counts of assaulting police with a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and two counts of breaching probation after pulling a knife on police last Sunday. Police spotted the suspect on Woodlawn Road walking with a woman he was on condition not to communicate with.

Early last Sunday morning at 5:30 am, a woman was walking in the area of Norfolk and Macdonell when she was approached from behind and sexually assaulted. He’s described as brown-skinned, possibly Indian, approximately 5’6”, clean shaven with short black hair. He was wearing dark pants, a multi-coloured jacket and had a backpack. If you have any information call Detective Sergeant Jeff Taylor from the Guelph Police Service Special Victims Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7333, or email JTaylor [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Break-Ins

Nothing to report this week.

Theft

Police are asking for help in locating a white male in his late 30s wearing a black baseball cap and shorts and carrying a black shopping basket who fled from a store on Silvercreek and Willow after stealing more than $2,000 in make-up and skin care products late Thursday afternoon. If you have any information, call Constable Abdullah Eidokheil at 519-824-1212, ext. 7415, or email him at aeidokheil [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 33-year-old Guelph man was charged with two counts each of carrying a concealed weapon and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose as well as theft under $5,000 and possessing stolen property on an outstanding warrant last Saturday. While he was being searched, police found an open knife and loaded imitation firearm both concealed in his waistband.

A 40-year-old Guelph male is charged with robbery, theft, possessing stolen property and several counts of breaching court order after police were called to a business at Woodlawn and Woolwich. An employee was hit with pepper spray after trying to stop the suspect who had more than $800 worth of property, including a bicycle.

A robber made off with $600 worth of merchandise from a store on Wellington Street West after 6 pm on Thursday evening. An employee spotted someone leaving the store with a full shopping cart, and when an employee followed him out, a second man got out of the car and brandished a hatchet. If you have any information, call Constable Scott Wright at 519-824-1212, ext. 7330, or email him at swright [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A black 2012 Honda Civic was stolen from a driveway on Fountain Street West sometime between 7:15 pm on Wednesday and Thursday morning. The car has a Maryland licence plate and bike rack and was missing the driver’s side hubcaps. If you have any information call Special Constable Thomas Randell at 519-824-1212, ext. 7194, or email him at trandell [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Traffic

Police are looking for witnesses and dash cam footage of a hit and run on Thursday morning. Just after 8 a.m., a 65-year-old Guelph male was crossing Clair Road West at Gosling Gardens when he was struck and knocked down by a vehicle – a dark-coloured sedan, possibly a Hyundai – turning left. The driver stopped briefly and then left the area. If you have any information call Constable Michael Powell of the Traffic Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7206, or email him at mpowell [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 25-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after a minor collision early on Sunday morning near the parking lot at Gordon and James.

A 54-year-old Guelph man was charged with operation while prohibited, breaching an undertaking and using an unauthorized licence plate this week after an incident on August 31 where police spotted a man getting on a motorcycle that had a licence plate that was registered to a dead person.

At around 10:10 pm on Tuesday, police spotted a white motorcycle swerving several times while driving northbound on Gordon Street near College Avenue. The motorcycle had no plates, so the officer tried to conduct a traffic stop. The motorcyclist then sped away but the officer didn’t pursue out of concern for public safety. If you have any information call Constable Mallory Woeller at 519-824-1212, ext. 7462, or email her at mwoeller [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Other Notes

A 47-year-old Guelph man was charged with arson for the March 17 destruction of a 2021 Ford Bronco had been doused in gasoline and set on fire near Auden and Eastview.

Police found a silver Acura RDX stolen during a carjacking in Toronto last Friday afternoon on fire in a wooded area near Burns and Nicklin. If you have any information, call Constable James Perdicaris at 519-824-1212, ext. 7382, email him at jperdicaris [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 31-year-old Guelph man was charged with mischief under $5,000 and possessing a controlled substance, and on top of that, he is currently on release conditions for similar offences. He was arrested Tuesday afternoon after picking up a metal sign and throwing it against a large window at a business near Victoria and Grange. A small amount of suspected crystal meth was also found on the suspect.

Total calls for service last week: 1,723

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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