POLICE NOTES: Senior Scammed, Witness Needed, and $50,000 in Drugs Seized

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 Looking for Arboretum Stabbing Witness

On Monday evening, a victim sustained a minor stab wound in his arm in what appears to be an unprovoked attack along a trail in the University of Guelph’s Arboretum.

The suspect is described as having brown skin, 18 to 20 years old, 5’8” to 5’10” with a thin build and medium-length dark hair and a slight beard. He was wearing a dark hoodie, light pants, a backpack and prescription glasses. He possibly sustained an injury to his face, and he reportedly appeared to be intoxicated. He fled the scene on foot.

On Thursday, Police released a photo (to the left) of someone that was spotting walking away from the scene saying that he may have information relevant to the investigation. The victim has since been released from hospital.

If you have any information about this case call Detective Sergeant Trevor Byard at 519-824-1212, ext. 7210, or email him at tbyard [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Months Long Investigation Leads to Big Drug Bust

After months of investigation, the Police’s Drug Enforcement Unit executed search warrants at two homes and a commercial property in town on Thursday. The resulting bust collected more than 266 grams of cocaine, 4,800 grams of cannabis, 21.5 grams of MDMA and 2 grams of psilocybin, which all have a total street value of nearly $50,000. The also seized just under $80,000 in cash, two sets of brass knuckles, functioning digital scales, a vacuum sealer and a large quantity of drug packaging.

A 28-year-old Guelph man was charged with two counts of possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking, possessing a controlled substance, possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling (under the Cannabis Act), possessing proceeds of crime and possessing a prohibited weapon. A picture of the seized drugs are above.

Additional Charge for Homicide Suspect

The 43-year-old Guelph man who was charged in July with a homicide found behind a downtown plaza, is now charged with attempted murder in an entirely different crime. Back in May, an adult male victim was severely injured and left with permanent physical damage at downtown apartment building, and on Tuesday the suspect was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He will appear in a Guelph on October 14. If you have any information about this case, call Detective Constable Kevin Ketteringham at 519-824-1212, ext. 7513, or email him at kketteringham [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Another Senior Scammed

A 70-year-old Guelph woman has becoming the latest victim in an increasingly common scheme. She got a call from someone purporting to be her grandson and claiming he was caught with drugs following a collision and needed money for bail. A second man claiming to be a police officer provided instructions to the victim, who withdrew $8,000 from the bank. The money was picked up the next day at the victim’s home, but now believing that she had been scammed, the victim called her grandson, who as at work at the time and not in police custody.

The man who collected the money is described as black and wearing a black hoodie, black pants, a black winter hat and a surgical mask. Police remind you again to be vigilant and cautious whenever you are speaking with someone you don’t know, especially online or over the phone. If you have any information about this case, call Constable Jash Manani at519-824-1212, ext. 7273, or email him at jmanani [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Assault

A 19-year-old Cambridge womanwas arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and failing to comply with a release order after police were called to Wyndham and Macdonell at 1:15 am. The suspect went to an area business looking for a man, and then had an altercation with his mother who was wounded with cut to the side of her head.

A 30-year-old Guelph woman charged with assault with a weapon on Monday afternoon, when she threw a carton of milk at a store employee and then asked for money and tried to remove his glasses.

A 16-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and assault with a weapon after 20 different youths gathered in the area of Eramosa and Stevenson for a fight last Saturday evening. One of the youths pulled a knife on another, but no injuries were reported.

Break-Ins

A man identified as white, in his 60s and wearing a red gold shirt, black pants, black shoes and a black fedora-style hat was scene trying to break into cars in a parking lot at Elmira Road and Paisley. He was using a key fob to try and open vehicles, but then left the area getting into the passenger side of a white Ford SUV. If you have any information, call Constable Kate Hammond at 519-824-1212, ext. 7369, or email her at khammond [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Drugs

A 31-year-old Guelph man faces several charges including dangerous driving, flight from police, driving while prohibited, failing to stop at a collision and possessing a controlled substance. Last Friday afternoon, officers on patrol along Silvercreek North spotted a driver they knew had outstanding warrants, and he fled from the police at a high rate of speed. Later, police received a report that the driver was involved in a crash with another car at Speedvale and Imperial. A search of the car revealed that the driver possessed a quantity of crack cocaine.

Theft

Police are investigating the theft of approximately $11,000 worth of tools from a storage container at a construction site near Woolwich and Marilyn including chop saws, drills and screw guns. If you have any information, call Constable Aaron Miller at 519-824-1212, ext. 7383, or email him at amiller [at] guelphpolice.ca.

More stolen tools, this time from several work vans at a business near York and Watson. Eight vehicles were damaged, and over $25,000 in tools were taken including drills, sawsalls, pipe shears and nitrogen cylinders. Two men were caught on surveillance. Both were described as average height, medium build and wearing grey hoodies. One had a blue bandana over his face, grey pants and black Nike shoes. The second had a coloured design on the back of his hoodie, black pants and gloves. They were driving a dark-coloured GMC Sierra pickup. If you have any information, call Constable James Perdicaris at 519-824-1212, ext. 7382, or email him at jperdicaris [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police are looking for a middle-aged male with a balding or shaved head and carrying a lot of bags, and a female in her late teens, thin with black hair and wearing all black clothing. They are suspects in the reported theft of a grey Chevrolet Cruze being used as a food delivery car, which was left running while the driver stopped in a restaurant in the area of Woolwich and Woodlawn. The suspects also used the victims credit cards, which were left in the vehicle, at several businesses in Waterloo Region. If you have any information, call Constable Mark O’Connell at 519-824-1212, ext. 7126, email him at mmoconnell [at] guelphpolice.ca.

The attempted theft of a catalytic converter might have been interrupted by a barking dog. Overnight on Tuesday at least one converter was stolen form a vehicle in the parking lot of a Woodlawn West townhouse complex, and it looked like someone attempted to steal the converter from another vehicle. A dog was let out at around 2 am and started barking at the parking lot, which might have scared away the robber. If you have any information, call Constable Stephen Gawlik at 519-824-1212, ext. 7509, or email him at sgawlik [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Speaking of trying to steal catalytic converters, a 24-year-old Brampton man was charged with theft under $5,000, assault, mischief under $5,000 and failing to comply with a release order after the suspect was caught attempting to remove the catalytic converter from a van in the area of Victoria and Mussen. The suspect was detained by a neighbour, who was bitten on the arm by the suspect for his effort. A female accomplice fled form the scene.

Traffic

A 20-year-old Guelph man was charged with stunt driving and having an improper muffler (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) after stopping a car doing 101 kilometres per hour in a 60 zone on Watson Road South Thursday afternoon.

A 24-year-old London man was charged with impaired operation and obstructing police,  and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days, after he was stopped early Sunday morning driving erratically in the area of Gordon and Maltby. The driver made had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system, and he identified himself to police as his twin brother.

A 26-year-old Mississauga man was charged with impaired operation, and his driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days after a traffic stop outside the downtown core early Tuesday morning. Police were notified about a possible impaired driver who got into his car after leaving a downtown bar.

Victoria Road South was closed for an hour on Monday evening as Guelph Fire put out a pick-up truck on fire near MacAlister. A woman was driving along Victoria when she noticed flames in the bed of her truck, and the fire spread after she pulled over and got out of the vehicle. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Other Notes

A 43-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and mischief to property after police were called to north end school on Friday afternoon. A staff member saw the suspect with appeared to be a handgun, and he was pointing it at election signs. When the principle approached, it turned out to be just a realistic looking toy gun.

A 60-year-old Guelph man was charged with mischief under $5,000 and uttering threats after a “long history of disputes” between a suspect and a neighbour in the Paisley and Elmira area erupted into death threats and a smashed patio door Thursday evening.

Police are looking for a man described as white, approximately 50 years of age, 5’8” with a muscular build and brown hair after several reports of a man approaching people and entering businesses asking for money to fix his truck after it supposedly broke down and was towed away. If you have any information, call the Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212, ext. 0.

Total calls for service last week: 1,746

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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