POLICE NOTES: High-End Car Theft, Stabbing Solved, and Car Fire in the Park

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.

Catalytic Converter Thieves Busted

Three Cambridge residents are facing all kinds of charges after an investigation by the Guelph Police Service Break Enter Auto Theft (BEAT) Unit led to the execution of a search warrant on a Cambridge residence with the assistance of the Waterloo Region service. Police recovered a number of catalytic converters, a motorcycle and approximately $24,000 worth of generators which had been stolen during break and enters in Guelph in the last year.

A 38-year-old man, 28-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were all charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000, trafficking in stolen property, break and enter and breaching court orders.

Arrest Made in Arboretum Stabbing

A 19-year-old University of Guelph student from Mississauga turned himself in to police Wednesday for last week’s stabbing at the U of G’s Arboretum. The victim sustained a minor stab wound to his arm at around 5 pm last Monday, and was then treated and released. The suspect fled on foot, and while it was first released that the suspect and victim were unknown to each other, subsequent investigation has revealed that this is not the case. The suspect is being charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats.

High End Cars Taken From Guelph Dealership

The Guelph Police BEAT Unit is investigating after two high-end muscle cars were stolen last weekend from a Guelph dealership on Woodlawn West. According to video surveillance revealed two suspects arrived in a white Honda SUV at around 10:30 pm on Saturday, entered the business after smashing a glass door, and sabotaged the security.

At around 1:15 am on Monday, three suspects came to the dealership in a white Lexus SUV,  entered through the garage, and left a little over an hour later with a black 2021 Dodge Charger Red Eye edition and a black 2021 Dodge Challenger. The stolen vehicles had a total value of approximately $260,000, and more than $25,000 in equipment was also taken. If you have any information, call Detective Constable Dale Hunt of the BEAT Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7437, or email him at dhunt@guelphpolice.ca.

Assault

A 31-year-old Guelph woman was charged with assault causing bodily harm, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, breaching probation and disobeying a court order by possessing a weapon after an attempted stabbing on Sunday morning downtown. At around 8:20, emergency services responded to a call near Carden and Wyndham, a man who was walking his dogs was stabbed in right shoulder blade by the suspect after he turned his back while she was yelling at him. The victim was transported to a Hamilton trauma centre for treatment, and the suspect was found by police in 15 minutes.

Break-Ins

A 31-year-old Guelph woman was charged with break and enter, possessing a controlled substance and breach of probation after breaking into one home in the area of Stone and Gordon, and then fell asleep on the deck of another home. When one man found his home broken into, he went next door to his neighbour’s house and found the suspect sleeping. A small amount of crystal meth was found in her possession.

Police are investigating after the same man tried to break into the same residential garage twice in one week. On Tuesday, police were called to a home in the area of Palmer and Stuart after a man tried to gain entry to the attached garage via a back door at 4 am after trying to gain entry almost 24 hours earlier. Minor damage was caused to the door and frame. If you have any information, call Constable Cameron Keddie at 519-824-1212, ext. 7431, or email him at ckeddie [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Drugs

Nothing to report here this week.

Theft

A 49-year-old Guelph woman and a 27-year-old Guelph man were jointly charged with fraud over $5,000, while the woman is also charged with identity fraud and uttering a forged document after defrauding the Ministry of Children and Social Services for more than $120,000. The couple is accused of defrauded the ministry by misappropriating funds intended to provide care for her disabled son.

More than $6,000 in tools and personal items were stolen this week from a work truck parked in the area of Lane and Bennett. A large quantity of Milwaukee and other tools were stolen as well as personal items including curling equipment and an Apple iPhone. If you have any information call Constable Emily Dietrich at 519-824-1212, ext. 7265, email her at edietrich [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Just before 8 am on Thursday, an officer was investigating a Toyota Highlander in a parking lot on Silvercreek near Woodlawn. That car, and a second Highlander in the same parking lot, were both stolen from Waterloo Region, two men parked the cars in the lot and left before 4 am. If you have any information, call Constable Bakir Medencevic at 519-824-1212, ext. 7235, email him at bmedencevic [at]guelphpolice.ca.

A 36-year-old Guelph man is charged with theft of motor vehicle, possessing stolen property over $5,000, using a stolen credit card, four counts of driving while prohibited and breach of probation in connection to the theft of a food delivery vehicle last week. He was arrested in another jurisdiction, and police are still trying to identify the female accomplice.

Traffic

A 59-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after he was found passed out in a running pickup truck on Wednesday morning. The pickup was partially blocking the road breath tests indicated that he had four times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

Two Guelph men, aged 53 and 25, were charged with stunt driving and both their driver’s licences were suspended for 30 days after a road rage incident last Friday evening in the area of Woodlawn and Woolwich. One drive chased another through traffic and then rear-ended him when they drove into a factory parking lot. Both vehicles sustained minor damage.

Other Notes

A 37-year-old Guelph woman was charged with impaired driving, and her driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after reports of a disturbance in the area of Elizabeth and Wheeler led to a man and woman arguing, which led the police to discover that the woman was driving around intoxicated.

Three teens were seen running from a deliberately-set fire in a wooded area of Eastview Park on Sunday evening. Guelph Fire were able to put the fire out, which is good because it was spreading quickly to surrounding trees. A witness told police that he saw three teen males leaving the area of the fire and fleeing in a grey four-door sedan, believed to be a Honda or Toyota. The three were described as average height, with two wearing all black and the third wearing a red and black jacket. If you have any information, call Constable Dallas Baker at 519-824-1212, ext. 7217, or email him at dbaker [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Total calls for service last week: 1,572

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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