POLICE NOTES: Big Drug Bust, Taxi Jacking, and Sidewalk Car Chase

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.

Big Bust for BEAT

A 52-year-old Guelph man was charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, trafficking in stolen goods, breaching a conditional sentence order and four counts of possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking. The charges were made after the Guelph Police Service Break Enter Auto Theft (BEAT) Unit executed a search warrant on a residence in the area of Willow and Edinburgh Thursday morning, the culmination of a month long investigation.

During the search, officers located and seized more than $18,000 in controlled substances including suspected fentanyl and crystal meth. More than $20,000 in cash and thousands of dollars in stolen property including high-end bicycles, e-bikes and power tools were also seized. You can see a picture of the seized items above.

Man Busted for Sidewalk Getaway

Police officers were called to a downtown apartment for a disturbance on Wednesday afternoon when a man arrived in his vehicle, leaned on the car horn and screamed profanities at officers. When the officers tried to talk to the driver, he refused to lower his window or identify himself and then he drove away from the officers heading down Macdonell Street.

When the police tried to stop the car from leaving the area, blocking the path at Macdonell and Carden, the car drove onto the sidewalk and sped away. Police chose not to pursue the car for public safety, but they did catch up to the driver 90 minutes later. A 44-year-old Guelph man was charged with dangerous driving, flight from police and breach probation.

Taxi Jacking Leads to Collision

A 29-year-old Guelph man was charged with theft of motor vehicle, dangerous operation and impaired operation, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days on Friday evening. The vehicle was a taxi, which had just picked up a passenger at Guelph General Hospital, and then the suspect hoped into the front seat and demanded to be taken to an address.

When the driver went into the hospital to fetch security, the suspect got into the driver’s seat, which prompted the original passenger to bail. After that, the suspect hit the gas pedal, which forced the taxi to sideswipe another car, hit the curb, get airborne, and then strike a hydro pole. Somehow, only minor injuries were sustained.


Nothing to report here this week.


A 31-year-old Guelph woman was charged with break and enter, possessing stolen property, possessing a controlled substance and three counts of breaching probation Tuesday morning for a Monday break-in at a store in the area of Farquhar and Neeve. The suspect was arrested wearing one of the stolen sweaters, and she was also found with a small amount of suspected fentanyl.

A 26-year-old Guelph man was charged with break and enter and possessing stolen property for the aforementioned break-in at the business based at Farquhar and Neeve, plus another break-in at a business in the area of Carden and Wyndham on Wednesday morning.


A 32-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing a controlled substance, possessing stolen property and breach of probation, while the 26-year-old Guelph woman was was with is charged with failing to attend court and seven counts of breaching court orders. The BEAT Unit conducted a traffic stop in the area of Willow and Silvercreek  and during a search they found approximately $450 worth of cocaine and the keys to a stolen motor vehicle, plus the female was found to be in possession of a shotgun shell in violation of a court-ordered weapons prohibition.


A quantity of Dewalt and Milwaukee power tools with a value of $4,000 to $6,000 were stolen from storage containers at a construction site in the area of Victoria and Decorso last weekend. If you have any information about this theft, call Constable Frazer McCrindle at 519-824-1212, ext. 7327, or email him at fmccrindle [at] guelphpolice.ca.

More than $2,000 worth of property, including a paintball gun and attachments valued at $1,500, were stolen from a car downtown on Friday night. If you have any information, call Constable David Lee at 519-824-1212, ext. 7108, email him at dlee [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 35-year-old Guelph man and 35-year-old Guelph woman are charged with possessing stolen property and possessing break-in instruments, and the female suspect is also charged with possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose after a traffic stop early last Saturday morning. The two were witnessed stealing a wallet from a car on Eramosa Road.

A black Evoque dirt bike with gold rims and suspension was stolen from outside an apartment building on Emma Street sometime around 3 am on Wednesday morning. If you have any information, call Constable Scott Carroll at 519-824-1212, ext. 7489, email him at scarroll [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A man described as having a medium build and wearing a grey Ecko sweatshirt, dark blue pants, black gloves and a blue face mask used a rock to smash the front door and stole a quantity of cash from a drawer in a Stone Road West business on Thursday night around 10 pm. If you have any information, call Constable Frazer McCrindle at 519-824-1212, ext. 7327, or email him at fmccrindle [at] guelphpolice.ca.

The BEAT Unit found a stolen 2018 Nissan Sentra in a parking on Willow Road Monday afternoon. The car had been taken from somewhere in Waterloo Region, and it was found with stolen license plates on it. If you have any information about this case call Constable Alex Nagrodski at 519-824-1212, ext. 7137, or email him at anagrodski [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Several Milwaukee and Dewalt-brand power tools, including a chain saw, with a total value of more than $4,000 were stolen from a business at Silvercreek and Speedvale early on Sunday morning. The first suspect is described as having dark skin and a thin build, wearing a black track suit with white stripe, full dark face covering and possibly a turban. The second male also had dark skin and a medium build and was wearing a white jacket, black hoodie, jeans and a face mask. There was also a third unidentified person driving the getaway van. If you have any information call call Constable Scott Bangay at 519-824-1212, ext. 7209, or email him at sbangay [at] guelphpolice.ca.


A 53-year-old Guelph woman was charged with speeding and stunt driving, and her driver’s licence was suspended for 30 days after she was caught driving twice the legal speed limit in the area of Speedvale and Elmira on Thursday morning. She was clocked driving 118 kilometres per hour in a 60 zone.

A 20-year-old man from the Shelburne area is charged with impaired driving, stunt driving, novice driver having alcohol in his system and driving with open cannabis available, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 45 days after a pick-up truck was seen driving erratically in a parking lot on Stone Road early Sunday morning. Along with being intoxicated, there were “several passengers” riding in the bed of the pick-up.

A 36-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after he was seen driving their vehicle into an intersection along Woolwich and braked abruptly for a red light. Police found that the driver had more than the legal limit of alcohol in her system.

Police are looking for a beige or silver minivan, possibly a Dodge Caravan, with damage to the driver’s-side front corner. The vehicle was involved in a hit and run Monday night at around 10:40 pm, which left the other driver with a minor injury. The collision was in the area where York Road turns into Wyndham. If you have any information, call Sergeant Ian Smith at 519-824-1212, ext. 7125, or email him at ismith [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A couple of drivers reported that they were shot at with pellet guns in the area of Downey Road and Teal Drive on Thursday evening. If you have any information, call l Constable Firas El-Ayoubi at 519-824-1212, ext. 7129, or email him at felayoubi [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Other Notes

Inside the recently renovated police headquarters Thursday morning, a 41-year-old Cambridge man was charged with two counts of mischief under $5,000 after getting into a screaming match while on the phone with his lawyer and then tearing the phone off the wall and smashing a window with it. The suspect had already been arrested for assault and breaching probation.

A 28-year-old Guelph mas was arrested for missing their court date earlier in September to answer for a variety charges including theft from a vehicle, unauthorized use of a credit card and breaching probation. Will he make his next court date on November 8? Stay tuned.

Total calls for service last week: 1,666

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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