POLICE NOTES: RIDE Begins, Assault Suspects Sought and One Bad Truck

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.

Festive RIDE Program Begins

Guelph Police are reminding the community that you will see more of them out and about on the weekend doing traffic spot checks as the annual Festive RIDE program begins. Police services across Ontario take part in this program, which is “an enforcement and education initiative aimed at taking alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers off our roads during the holiday season.” The aim this year is to combat the 7.1 per cent increase in impaired driving in 2021 after two straight years of decline according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada (MADD).

Things to be aware of during this year’s RIDE:

  • Drivers are reminded that no amount of alcohol or drugs in their system is safe when driving.
  • If you suspect someone is driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, it is important to call 9-1-1 to report it.
  • Police rely on the public to report a crime. Impaired driving is a crime that should be treated no differently.
  • Whether you are impaired by alcohol or drugs, impaired is impaired and driving under the influence of either is a criminal offence.
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs is dangerous and carries the same penalties as alcohol-impaired driving.
  • If you drink or consume drugs, plan not to drive. Instead, arrange for a designated driver, arrange for a ride service, take public transit or come up with another plan.
  • Drivers are reminded that the Mandatory Alcohol Screening law allows police with an approved alcohol screening device to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver without having reasonable suspicion that a driver is impaired.
  • Drivers are reminded that police can issue an immediate roadside driver’s license suspension to drivers who register a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in the “Warn Range” which is between 0.05 and 0.079 (cannot be equal to or exceed 80 mg. of alcohol per 100 ml. of blood).
  • Young, novice, and commercial drivers are reminded that under Ontario’s zero-tolerance law, these driver classes cannot have any alcohol in their system.

Police Looking for Man Who Grabbed Girl

Guelph Police are looking for help identifying a man who grabbed a 10-year-old girl who was out walking her dog in the townhouse complex at 106-266 Scottsdale Drive sometime in the afternoon on either Saturday October 29 or Sunday October 30. If you have any information call Detective Constable Mike Gatto of the Special Victims Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7253 or email him at mgatto [at] guelphpolice.ca.

The man is described as white with tanned skin, between 5’7” and 5’10”, 40-50 years of age, bald with some grey or white hair, wearing blue jeans, a black hoody, black and white shoes, and grey and white gloves. He may have been bitten on the arm by the girl’s dog.

Assault Suspects Wanted for Attack on Man in Scooter

Police are looking for help identifying three men who assaulted a fourth man in a motorized scooter sometime in late October at the entrance to the West Parkade off Macdonell Street. The man in the scooter didn’t suffer any serious physical injuries during the altercation, but look at the screen grab below, and if you have any information call Constable Mary Ellen McEwen at 519-824-1212, ext. 7174, or email her at mmcewen [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Assault

See above.

Break-Ins

On Tuesday night, a man was confronted in his Glasgow Street South home by a woman who had broken in and claimed that he was sleeping in her bed. The same woman – described as white, approximately 35 and wearing a black and grey jacket – may have broken into that house sometime on the weekend previous. If you have any information, call Constable Tyler Galea at 519-824-1212, ext. 7285, or email him at tgalea [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Two antique handguns were stolen from a home near Victoria Road South and Arkell Road sometime last weekend. Jewellery and cash were also stolen. If you have any information call Constable Robert Panek at 519-824-1212, ext. 7286, email him at rpanek [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Two cash drawers containing a small amount of cash as well as three tablet computers were reported stolen from a restaurant on Woolwich near Speedvale last Friday morning at around 4 am. If you have any information, call Constable Graeme Adams at 519-824-1212, ext. 7419, or email him at gadams [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 34-year-old Guelph woman was charged with two counts of break and enter, six counts of possessing identity documents, breach of probation and possessing more than 30 grams of cannabis after breaking into two different houses on Tuesday, one in the area of Eramosa Road and Callander Drive, and the other was on Pleasant Road. Police arrested the suspect later that same day when she locked herself in the bathroom of an Elizabeth Street business for 20 minutes.

Drugs

A 26-year-old Guelph  woman was arrested again on Thursday on an outstanding warrant. She had been arrested in September after police discovered more than $9,000 in stolen tools, $2,600 in drugs and weapons including imitation firearms while they were executing a search warrant. She had been released on bail, which has since been revoked.

A 61-year-old Guelph woman is charged with impaired driving and three counts of possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking after a traffic stop Monday night. After stopping a person driving erratically on Wellington Street West, the officer saw a small glass jar containing suspected crack in the car and the driver was showing signs of impairment. Suspected fentanyl and hydromorpohone, as well as drug paraphernalia and a digital scale, were also found in the car.

Fraud

Nothing to report this week.

Theft

A 57-year-old Guelph man is charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000, driving while prohibited, two counts of breaching probation, four counts of breaching a release order and failing to comply with an undertaking in connection to the July 18 theft of a 2021 Jeep stolen from a Waterloo dealership.

A woman caught shoplifting from an Eramosa Road business on Monday went back to the same business two days later to steal some more. A 32-year-old Guelph woman was charged with theft under $5,000, two counts of breaching release conditions and breaching probation for Wednesday’s crime.

A Volvo truck stolen from Cambridge earlier this week was found on a dead-end street near Southgate and Laird. If you have any information about this, call Constable Keith Kolodziejczak at 519-824-1212, ext. 7452, or email him at kkolodziejczak [at] guelphpolice.ca.

More than $4,500 in electronics – including several laptops, tablets and projectors – were stolen from a school near Guelph Street and Paisley Road sometime overnight before Wednesday morning. If you have any information call Constable Scott Bangay at 519-824-1212, ext. 7029, or email him at sbangay [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A blue 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse was stolen from a driveway overnight Wednesday near Dimson Avenue and Hands Drive. A woman’s purse was inside and one of her credit cards was used at a Speedvale East business. The person who used that card is described as white and wearing a black puffy winter jacket with hood, Blue Jays baseball cap, sunglasses and a camouflage facemask. If you have any information call Constable Matt Simpson at 519-824-1212, ext. 7318, or email him at msimpson [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Traffic

A 50-year-old Guelph man is charged with failing to remain at a collision under the Highway Traffic Act after striking a pedestrian in the intersection at Silvercreek and Willow on Tuesday afternoon.

A 28-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation and dangerous operation, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after a collision with another vehicle at Wellington and Edinburgh early last Saturday morning. Open alcohol was found in his vehicle.

A 29-year-old Guelph woman was charged with impaired driving, and her driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days last Friday morning after she was found passed out in a running car at Hyland Road and Elginfield Drive. The woman was unresponsive when found and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

A traffic stop for aggressive driving led to 18 charges against an unsafe tractor-trailer last Thursday afternoon. Several major defects were found including a number of bald tires, tires with low pressure and brakes out of alignment due to a bent axle. The truck was taken out of service and the driver and his employer charged under the Highway Traffic Act.

A 35-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation, failing to stop at a collision and obstruct police, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 day, after a collision just before midnight last Saturday. A pickup truck driven by the accused had struck a parked vehicle and fled the scene.

Last Saturday evening, a black SUV, believed to be a GMC and missing one headlight, was heading eastbound on Stone Road and then entered the intersection at Scottsdale Drive where it collided with a silver Honda Civic that had entered on a green light. Police are looking for witnesses and dashcam footage to find the SUV and if that sounds like you call Constable Brett Nymeyer at 519-824-1212, ext. 7227, or email him at bnymeyer [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Other Notes

Police are looking for two male suspects shattered the window of a business at York and Wells on October 12 at 2:17 am, and they attempted to steal a vehicle from another business before breaking its window and doing other damage. The first male was described as white, late teens to early 20s, wearing a black hoodie with white writing, black pants with white stripes on the legs and white flip-flops. The second male was described as having tanned skin, black curly hair, a light-coloured NASA sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes with a white stripe on the side. They arrived at the scene in a dark-coloured sedan.  If you have any information, call Constable Jen Probst at 519-824-1212, ext. 7296, email her at jprobst [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Total calls for service last week: 1,428

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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