POLICE NOTES: Sex Assaults, GPS Bust, and Snow Removal Scam

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.

Bracelet Busts Break-In Suspects

On Tuesday afternoon, Guelph Police were called to a store on Eramosa Road after an employee witnessed a man stealing several items including expensive meats and cheeses and clothing items. More than $3,800 worth of items taken from the store were found in a car that police officers stopped on the scene after getting a description of the vehicle from the store’s staff.

A 56-year-old man, a 35-year-old man and a 31-year-old man, all from the Toronto area, were each charged with three counts of theft under $5,000 and three counts of possessing property obtained by crime. In an interesting additional note, the 56-year-old man was found to be breaching a conditional sentence order because one of the conditions of the order included that he wear a GPS-enabled bracelet and obey a form of house arrest.

Assault

A 26-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats after punching an Uber driver in the face. He then showed the victim a hidden knife in his waistband and threatened to kill the driver apparently upset that he had driven the suspect’s girlfriend from Waterloo.

A 33-year-old Guelph man was charged with two counts of sexual assault, committing an indecent act and two counts of breaching a probation order. The same suspect made inappropriate comments and then sexually assaulted a teenage woman on Tuesday morning at a downtown business, and then, later that afternoon, he assaulted an adult woman at Paisley and Dublin. Several students across the road at GCVI yelled at the man, who then exposed himself and began masturbating as several children and youths were walking in the area. Police are asking anyone that’s had any contact with this man to call Detective Constable Dave Gamsby of the Special Victims Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7505, or email him at dgamsby [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Break-Ins

A 40-year-old Guelph man was charged with break and enter on Tuesday for a break-in at a Woodlawn Road business on January 4 where cash and some food from an employee fridge was stolen.

Two people were arrested early Tuesday morning after they were spotted checking car doors on St. Arnaud Street. A 26-year-old Guelph woman was charged with attempted theft, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possessing an identity document, breaching probation and failing to appear in court, and a 37-year-old Guelph man was charged with attempted theft and breaching probation. The female suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant was a found with a University of Guelph student card and small can of pepper spray in her purse.

Drugs

A 26-year-old Guelph man and 30-year-old Guelph woman are each charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, and the woman is also charged with possessing a controlled substance after a Break Enter Auto Theft (BEAT) Unit investigation into drug trafficking. Officers stopped a vehicle in a parking lot on Silvercreek North and a search revealed more than $4,000 worth of suspected crystal methamphetamine, a small amount of fentanyl and cash.

Fraud

The Guelph Police Service is investigating an alleged snow-removal fraud and is seeking potential victims. Anyone who has had contact with a man using the name “Jeff Shoultz” or a business called “Triple A Snow Away” is asked to call Detective Constable Graeme Adams at 519-824-1212, ext. 7419, or email him at gadams [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Theft

A 28-year-old Guelph woman was charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000, driving while prohibited and breaching probation after video surveillance connected her to a stolen car left in a downtown parkade last Saturday morning.

Police were called to a Paisley Road church on Wednesday night when a tracking device lead them to a Volkswagen Atlas stolen from the Toronto area. If you have any information, call Constable Jeff Reid at 519-824-1212, ext. 7447, or email him at jreid [at] guelphpolice.ca.

On Monday morning, it was reported that a grey 2013 Audi A4 was stolen sometime overnight from a residence near Woolwich Street and Douglas Street. The car has a large sticker of a white painted face on the rear window. If you have any information about the theft call Constable Michael Nixon at 519-824-1212, ext. 7028, or email him at mnixon [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A stroller and several pairs of shoes were stolen from an enclosed porch at a residence on Huron Street Monday morning. If you have any information, call Constable Tyler Galea at 519-824-1212, ext. 7285, or email him at tgalea [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police are looking for a white female in her late 20s with a bruise on her face who allegedly robber a Mississauga woman at Guelph Central Station Monday afternoon. The woman was trying to buy a train ticket when the suspect approached her asking to borrow money. When the victim refused, the other woman grabbed her arm and began twisting it before taking a $20 bill from her hand and running away. If you have any information, call Constable Jeff Reid at 519-824-1212, ext. 7447, or email him at jreid [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A female suspect stole a cash box from a Woodlawn Road West business at 3 am on Thursday after getting into an argument with an employee. When the employee went into an office to grab their phone, the suspect grabbed the box and took off in a black Honda Civic driven by a male. If you have any information, call Constable Breanne McDonald at 519-824-1212, ext. 7428, or email her at bmcdonald [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 25-year-old Guelph man was charged with two counts of break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, possessing stolen property over $5,000, possessing stolen property under $5,000, possessing break-in instruments, mischief over $5,000, possessing a controlled substance and failing to appear. The man allegedly stole a truck from a business near Elmira and Massey, and they went down to a plaza on Downey Road where the truck had been reversed through the front of the business in order to steal two cash drawers and two tablets. There was $10,000 in damage to the storefront, and the man was found with the stolen items plus various tools and a small amount of suspected methamphetamine on his person.

Traffic

A 39-year-old Guelph man was charged with driving while prohibited and driving while suspended after a police patrol in the area of Woolwich and  Speedvale. The car, which belonged to a friend of the driver, was impounded for 45 days.

A 32-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving last Friday afternoon after police received a report of a possible impaired driver who was found in a driveway near Windsor and Balmoral. At the police station, it was determined that he had four times the legal limit in his system.

A 59-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving and his licence was suspended for 90 days after police conducted a traffic stop near Willow and Imperial.

A 45-year-old Guelph man was charged with refusing to provide a breath sample, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days early on Monday morning. Police were called to a downtown business about a possible impaired driver who was verbally abusive to officers and refused several demands to provide a breath sample when police caught up with him.

A 49-year-old Kitchener man was charged with careless driving after hitting a 39-year-old pedestrian at Woodlawn and Silvercreek on Wednesday morning. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital for minor head injuries.

A 46-year-old Guelph man is charged with driving while prohibited and obstructing police last Saturday night after police stopped his vehicle after it left a parking lot on Silvercreek South. The driver initially claimed to be own son because he was prohibited from driving.

Other Notes

A 14-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing child pornography, making child pornography available, making intimate images available without consent and criminal harassment after showing his friends intimate photos of 13-year-old girl.

A 36-year-old Guelph man was charged with obstructing police and breaching a probation order after police received a 9-1-1 call last Friday. There was no one on the other end of the line, but the operator could hear arguing in the background. When officers arrived at the residence near Victoria and York, they found the people arguing and the man gave police a fake name because it turned out there was a warrant out on him.

On Tuesday evening, police were patrolling along Elmira North when they say a man they knew was not licensed get into a vehicle. When they tried to stop the car, the man stopped briefly, then swerved into the oncoming lanes to drive around the cruiser at a high rate of speed. Police didn’t pursue in the interest of safety, but the investigation is ongoing.

Total calls for service last week: 1,596

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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