POLICE NOTES: Fraud Stopped, Ballroom Blitz, and New Year’s Drugs

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 Board Meeting this Week

The monthly Guelph Police Services Board is this Thursday, January 19, at 2:30 pm. You can see the agenda here, and then tune in to the meeting on the Guelph Police YouTube page.


A 25-year-old Guelph man and a 41-year-old Guelph man were both charged with assault causing bodily harm while out for drinkings with the significant others. After a woman was struck in the face with glass and chipping her tooth, which required the tooth to be removed, the victim’s boyfriend reacted by striking the other man in the face with a glass, opening a significant laceration that required several stitches.


A 19-year-old Guelph man was charged with two counts of break and enter to commit an indictable offence after he was reportedly observed attempting to break into two different businesses inside Old Quebec Street.

A 30-year-old Guelph man was charged with unlawfully being in a dwelling. The incident dates back to 2 am on October 22 last year in the south end when a man entered the home claiming that he knew the house was for sale and he wanted to look around. He said that he entered through an unlocked door and left when he was asked. He turned himself into police on Monday.

At least five apartment units in the area of Woodlawn East and Woolwich were entered in the last week. The targeted buildings are known to primarily house senior citizens, and access is believed to have been gained when the tenant temporarily stepped out, such as to visit a neighbour.  Cash and/or medication were stolen in each case. At least one suspect has been identified after claiming that she was looking for someone who lived in the building when caught leaving a unit. This person was described as a white woman in her mid-20s, dark brown hair and wearing a black coat, black backpack and dark glasses. If you have any information, call the Guelph Police main line at 519-824-1212, ext. 0.


A 34-year-old man and 31-year-old woman, both from the Bracebridge area, each face five counts of possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking after $11,000 worth of drugs were found in a room at a Guelph hotel in the north end on New Year’s Day. Cleaning staff found a sock that appeared to be stuffed with quantities of suspected cocaine, fentanyl, heroin and prescription opioids that police estimate has a street value of $11,100.


Alert staff at a downtown bank stopped a 86-year-old woman from being the victim of a grandparent scam when she tried to withdraw $6,000. When the client didn’t believe the bank’s assistant manager about the scam, they called Guelph Police who sent an officer to advise the woman. She didn’t end up withdrawing the money.

Police are looking for a white man in his 60s, grey hair, white beard with dark clothing  after he attempted to fraudulently open a bank account Tuesday afternoon at a bank in the area of Speedvale and Stevenson. Police are also looking for his driver, a Black man in his 30s, black hair, wearing black clothing driving a white Ford Escape. If you have any information, call Detective Constable Adam Roszell at 519-824-1212 ext. 7117, or email him at aroszell [at] guelphpolice.ca.


Police are looking for three suspects from a Stone Road Mall theft on November 28. One man reached behind a counter and stole a new iPhone 14, and then handed it to a second man who placed the phone inside his coat. The two male suspects were accompanied by a third suspect, a woman. Police describe them as 1) a white man, mid-30s, approximately six feet tall, beard, glasses, camouflage baseball cap, green jacket, light grey track pants; 2) a white, 40 years, beard, dreadlocks, camouflage jacket, black baseball cap with Blue Jays logo, black shirt; and 3) a white woman, mid-30s, glasses, shoulder-length brown hair, brown toque, white sweater, multi-coloured pants, scarf (see photos below). If you have any information, call Constable Jay Martin at 519-824-1212, ext. 7181, or email him at jwmartin [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A suspect described as a white male wearing a black hoodie, jeans, a duffle bag and a baseball cap stole a 2015 Chevrolet pickup from a business at Elmira and Massey sometime overnight before Thursday morning. If you have any information, call Constable Margaret Pickard at 519-824-1212, ext. 7440, or email her at mpickard [at] guelphpolice.ca.

On Thursday morning, a resident in the area of Waterloo and Hearn reported that several small propane cannisters were stolen from a shed sometime overnight. If you have any information about this theft call Constable Shayne Finoro at 519-824-1212, ext. 7378, or email him at sfinoro [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A grey 2005 Toyota Sienna was left unlocked and running in the driveway of a residence at Willow and Applewood at around 8 am on Monday. The owner was waiting for the van to warm up and when she cam back out, it was gone. If you have any information, call Special Constable Tim Jotham at 519-824-1212, ext. 7184, or email him at tjotham [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Some steel beams worth between $40,000 and $60,000 were stolen from a business near Hanlon Creek Boulevard and Laird Road sometime over the Christmas beak. Because of the weight and size of the beans the thieve or thieves would have had to use a transport truck  to move them. If you have any information, call Constable Emily Dietrich at 519-824-1212, ext. 7265, or email her at edietrich [at] guelphpolice.ca.


A 20-year-old Guelph woman was charged with speeding and stunt driving, and her driver’s licence was suspended for 30 days after doing 102 kilometre per hour in a 60 zone along Wellington Street West last Friday night.

A 28-year-old Guelph man was charged with speeding and stunt driving after getting caught driving 116 kilometres per hours in a 60 zone on Sunday night along Waterloo Avenue.

Police are looking for witnesses or dashcam footage from a hit and run collision between a pedestrian and a black pickup truck before 7 pm on Wednesday at Gordon and Wellington. The pedestrian was crossing the street in the south side cross walk when they were struck by a truck making a left turn and suffering minor injuries in the process. If you have any information, email Constable Kent Schneider of the Traffic Unit at kschneider [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Other Notes

A GMC Sierra pick-up truck was found in flames behind a business on Arrow Road Wednesday night. Through the investigation it was revealed that the truck had been stolen from the Waterloo Region back in April. If you have any information, call Constable Matt Ball at 519-824-1212, ext. 7525, or email him at mball [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 30-year-old Guelph man was charged with obstruct police after trying to stop police from doing a wellness check after getting called to a domestic disturbance at an address on Gordon Street. The man and a woman were found arguing, and then the man, who reportedly was intoxicated, became very argumentative with police.

Total calls for service last week: 1,705

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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