POLICE NOTES: Knife Threats, Dumpster Fire, and Stolen Jeep Joyride

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.

Assault

A 14-year-old Guelph man was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual assault for an incident earlier this month at a local high school. The incident happened during a social event at the school on December 8.

Police were called to a business on Kortright Road West when a man pulled a 30-centimetre knife from the counter after they tried to stop him from entering an employees-only area of the store. The man had a busy day because before that he put $90 worth of gas in his car at a nearby gas station and drove away without paying after he tried to pay for the gas with Chinese currency. If you have any information about these incidents, call Constable Mark O’Connell at 519-824-1212, ext. 7126, email him at mmoconnell [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Break-Ins

A 30-year-old Guelph woman was charged with break and enter, unauthorized use of a credit card and breaching probation on Tuesday for a Sunday break-in on Fountain Street. The suspect allegedly entered an unlocked unit, stole the resident’s wallet and used a stolen debit card at a nearby business.

Police responded to an alarm at a business near Speedvale and Silvercreek and discovered that a glass door had been smashed with a rock. Product removed from a display cabinet, but it reportedly has little value. Still, if you have any information, call Constable Christian Godin at 519-824-1212, ext. 7288, or email him at cgodin [at] guelphpolice.ca.

It’s not really a break-in since the suspect didn’t break-in, but police are looking for man who hid in the bathroom of a Stone Road business until an hour after the store closed and then wandered around moving product until he was discovered by cleaning staff. The man left the store and was last seen leaving the parking lot in a dark-coloured vehicle. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Constable Melissa Anthony at 519-824-1212, ext. 7487, or email her at manthony [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Drugs

Nothing to report this week.

Fraud

Nothing to report this week.

Theft

On Monday morning, a 2019 Freightliner semi-truck was reported stolen from a business on Campbell Road, and at almost the same time the truck was discovered with no noticeable damage in a Kitchener parking lot with the exception of the ignition, which appeared to tampered with. If you have any information call Special Constable Tim Jotham at 519-824-1212, ext. 7184, or email him at tjotham [at] guelphpolice.ca.

On Sunday morning at around 3:45 am, the alarm sounded at a business on Hanlon Creek Boulevard. Police found an overhead bay door wide open so that thieves could load several spools of wire into a vehicle. If you have any information, call Constable Jay Martin at 519-824-1212, ext. 7181, or email him at jmartin [at] guelphpolice.ca.

An 18-year-old Guelph woman, a 17-year-old Kingston man and a 16-year-old Fergus man were jointly charged with being occupants in a stolen motor vehicle, and the Kingston mam was further charged with possessing a prohibited weapon and breaching a release order. A police patrol on Sunday night identified a Jeep Patriot that had been stolen from Wellington County and they stopped it. A spring-assisted knife was found on the Jeep’s driver.

A 38-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000 and breaching probation after the owner of a stolen Ford Escape SUV saw their own car parked behind a business on Edinburgh North. Police found the suspect sitting in the driver’s seat.

A 36-year-old Guelph man was charged with attempted theft over $5,000 Wednesday after he was caught on video surveillance trying to steal a bag full of cash donations. He was confronted by an employee and dropped the bag, but police caught up with him later that same day.

A 38-year-old Guelph female was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000 in relation to the theft of six Amazon packages from a doorstep at an apartment building near Stone and Scottsdale in July. A 41-year-old Guelph man had previous been arrested in connection to the crime.

A 63-year-old Guelph man was charged with theft under $5,000 and two counts of using a stolen credit card for a November 5 robbery from a vehicle in a downtown parking lot. The victim’s credit card was also used to make $170 in purchases from downtown businesses. The suspect was arrested while officers were investigating an unrelated matter at a business on Woodlawn Road West.

A 33-year-old Listowel woman charged with theft under $5,000, and a 37-year-old Listowel man was charged with stunt driving. On Monday afternoon, a woman was seen leaving a Stone Road store with $200 of merchandise she didn’t pay for. She then got into an SUV driven by a man who then drove through a crowded parking lot erratically before they were stopped by police.

Traffic

A 40-year-old Toronto woman was arrested following a traffic stop right outside the Guelph Police station  after 11 pm last Friday.

A 53-year-old Woodbridge man was arrested for refusing to provide a breath sample after he was observed trying to avoid a RIDE spot check downtown just before 3 am last Saturday.

A 32-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after a collision near Paisley and the Hanlon on Tuesday evening. A vehicle was stopped in the left turn lane when it was struck from behind, causing significant damage to both vehicles. No serious injuries were reported.

Emergency services were called to the Macdonell and Wyndham intersection downtown late Tuesday afternoon, when a man started crossing without the right of way and then collided with the side of a passing vehicle, striking his face. He did not require medical treatment.

A 19-year-old Burlington man was charged with impaired driving, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after an eastbound pick-up on College Avenue drove straight through the T-intersection, collided with a guardrail and rolled onto its roof early Sunday morning. The driver was treated on scene by paramedics and did not sustain any serious injuries.

Other Notes

A 35-year-old Guelph woman was charged with mischief under $5,000, making a false alarm of fire and failing to comply with an undertaking after she allegedly pulled the fire alarm Thursday afternoon. This was after she banged on the door of a neighbouring unit and discharging the fire extinguisher.

On Thursday evening, there was a dumpster fire outside a business on Silvercreek Parkway North. The fire was quickly extinguished, no injuries were reported and there was no damage to nearby buildings. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

A 17-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose after police were called to the area near Macdonell and Wyndham after getting reports of someone swinging a pocket knife and threatening to stab a passerby.

Total calls for service last week: 1,532

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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