POLICE NOTES: Bomb Threat, Boat Fire, and More Project Hammer Arrests

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.


A 49-year-old Guelph man was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual assault for an incident on Easter Monday when a woman in a bus shelter near Paisley and Candlewood was assaulted.

A 38-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon. Police were called to an apartment on Westwood Road where a man was put in a choke hold by his roommate, and was then punched in the mouth causing his lip to bleed heavily.

A 21-year-old Brampton man was charged with unauthorized possession of a weapon after police were called to a downtown bar early last Saturday morning. Staff reported that a man who had been ejected from the bar and was then walking around outside while wearing brass knuckles, which police found in his pocket.


Nothing to report.


A 41-year-old Guelph man was charged with three counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, two counts of possessing a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possessing stolen property and driving while suspended after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon. The man was arrested on a warrant, and police recovered a credit card knife, two spring-assisted knives, a quantity of suspected LSD, fentanyl and cocaine plus a stolen credit card and blank cheque.

A 32-year-old Guelph man was charged with driving while suspended, driving without a valid permit, driving without insurance, two counts of possessing a controlled substance and driving with open alcohol after a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon. The driver has a suspended licence and was found with small amounts of cocaine and crack cocaine, as well as two open cans of beer in the car.

There have been more arrests resulting from Project Hammer, the 10-month drug trafficking investigation that already resulted in five arrests before this week plus the recovery of two kilograms of suspected cocaine and large quantities of suspected psilocybin, MDMA, LSD tablets and Oxycodone pills, along with more than $236,000 in cash.

Last Thursday, a 19-year-old Guelph woman was located downtown, arrested, and charged with five counts of trafficking a controlled substance in connection with Project Hammer. A 40-year-old Guelph female was arrested following a traffic stop on Woolwich Street and charged with trafficking a controlled substance a week later this past Thursday, and then on Friday there were two more arrests after members of the Break Enter Auto Theft (BEAT) Unit observed a possible drug buy.

A 26-year-old Guelph man charged with trafficking a controlled substance became the eighth person charged in connection to Project Hammer. He was arrested along with a 48-year-old Guelph male is charged with possessing a controlled substance. A small amount of suspected cocaine and $330 in cash were recovered.


If you think you might be a victim of any fraud, call the Guelph Police Non-Emergency line is 519-824-5154, or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or  online at their website.

Impaired Driving

A 35-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation and novice driver having alcohol in their system after the car was spotted driving erratically on Victoria Road South last Friday evening.

A 22-year-old Guelph woman was charged with impaired operation, driving while prohibited, driving while suspended and driving with open alcohol after police saw the car travelling at a high rate of speed at Edinburgh and Speedvale last Saturday. The car, which belong to the mother of the driver’s boyfriend, was impounded for 45 days.

A 40-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation last Saturday after an intoxicated man was seen leaving a business on Eramosa Road.

A 63-year-old Guelph woman was charged with impaired driving, and her driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after a motorist waiting to make a left turn at Arkell and Victoria was struck from behind by another driver. When police found her at a parking lot on Edinburgh Road South, testing revealed that she had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in her system.


Surveillance video showed two men breaking into a Dawson Road business on Friday at 9:45 pm to steal two catalytic converters from two trucks. The male suspects were both wearing dark clothing with their hoods up and surgical masks, and they were driving a mid-2000s Dodge Caravan. The total cost to repair the vehicles is estimated at $6,500. If you have any information call Constable Geoff Hiebert at 519-824-1212, ext. 7290, or email him at ghiebert [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police are looking for two thieves that stole a large quantity of electronics, video games and Pokemon cards from a business near Stone and Scottsdale at 5 am on Thursday morning. The first suspect is described as a white male wearing a black sweater with white stripes on the arms, grey jeans, gloves with a white stripe and a black hat. The second was a male wearing a black coat, dark hoodie, dark pants, grey hat and gloves. There was also a driver in a black or dark blue four-door sedan. Constable Matt Simpson at 519-824-1212, ext. 7318, or email him at msimpson [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police are looking for information about a theft from a business on York Road sometime Monday night. Surveillance video showed two men arriving just after 9 pm in a black pick-up, and loaded up a variety of items including eight car rims, eight bicycle rims and a kitchen sink. The items were valued at approximately $1,200. If you have any information call Constable Erik Ugarte-Bravo at 519-824-1212, ext. 7365, email him at eugarte-bravo [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 25-year-old Brampton man was returned to Guelph and charged with two counts of dangerous driving, flight from police, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and possession of stolen property under $5,000 after a black BMW stolen from Gordon Street restaurant on Sunday night was involved in a police chase in another jurisdiction. The black BMW had plates from another car that would involved in a crash at York and Wyndham on Monday morning.


A 36-year-old Beeton man was charged with obstruct police, four counts of driving while prohibited, failing to comply with an undertaking and several Highway Traffic Act offences last Saturday morning. A driver was observed turning left, contrary to signage due to construction at the Speedvale and Woolwich intersection.

Other Notes

A boat parked in a parking lot near Eramosa and Stevenson was set on fire sometime around 5 pm on Wednesday afternoon. The Guelph Fire Department attended and quickly extinguished the fire while materials including a barbecue lighter, rags and an empty bottle of alcohol were located inside later. Damage is estimated at $10,000.

Two people were seen on video jumping down from the boat and running away around the time the fire started. The first was believed to be a male wearing a red jacket over a white hoodie, grey trackpants and a backpack. The second is believed to be a female wearing all black clothing and a backpack. If you have any information call Constable Abdullah Eidokheil at 519-824-1212, ext. 7415, or email him at aeidokheil@guelphpolice.ca.

Three buildings at the University of Guelph were evacuated Monday after Guelph Police Service received information indicating there was an explosive device in one of the buildings. A Halton Regional Police Canine unit trained in explosives detection attended the scene and cleared the building, but no explosive device was found. The investigation is still ongoing, and if you have any information call Detective Constable Aaron Miller at 519-824-1212, ext. 7383, or email him at amiller [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 22-year-old Cambridge man was charged with committing an indecent act, mischief to property and being unlawfully in a dwelling on Wednesday for an April 7 incident where a plumber was seen on surveillance cameras going into the homeowner’s bedroom, removing “personal lubrication” from a bedside table and lay down on the bed with his pants undone.

A 34-year-old Guelph woman was arrested for obstructing police and while in custody continued to provide the same false name on Tuesday. She was wanted on an outstanding warrant, and her identity was confirmed with a birthmark.

A 40-year-old Guelph man was charged with uttering threats and failing to appear in court after the man went to a Woodlawn Road west business where he had previously trespassed several times, and when he refused to leave he threatened to harm the employee with a knife but no weapon was seen. He had also missed a court date.

Total calls for service last week: 1,731

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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