POLICE NOTES: Indecent Act Arrest, Hatchet Threat, and a Stolen U-Haul

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 31-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault and breaching probation after hitting a bank security guard approximately 10 times in the head and face causing several cuts and bruises. The guard saw the man lying down in a bank vestibule on Victoria Road North and asked him to leave before the attack.

A 37-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, impaired operation and refusing a breath sample Sunday night. Police were called to a west-end townhouse where witnesses reported that a man removed a hatchet from his car and approached a playground area where he brandished the hatchet while yelling at a small child. It is not believed they are known to each other. Police noted slurred speech and an odour of alcoholic beverage on his breath when they arrived on scene, but the man refused to give a breath sample.


Police responded are looking for two people who broke into a Wyndham Street South business around 2 am on Thursday morning and too paperwork and keys to several vehicles. The first suspect was described as a male with a medium build wearing a black hoodie, black and grey camo pants, black gloves, tan work boots and a yellow scarf around his face. The second was described as a female with a thin build wearing a plaid jacket over a hoodie. If you have any information, call Constable Emma Turney at 519-824-1212, ext. 7438, or email her at eturney [at] guelphpolice.ca.


A 40-year-old Guelph man was charged with theft under $5,000, four counts of unauthorized use of a credit card, possessing property obtained by crime and possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. A woman’s purse was stolen from a community event last Friday where she was a volunteer, and her credit cards were used at four locations downtown. Several bags of suspected crystal meth and $170 in cash were found on the suspect during a search.


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 26-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired operation and possessing a controlled substance after he was taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver was found behind the wheel of a car that had left the road, struck a tree and appeared to render the driver unconscious last Saturday evening on Stevenson at Brighton. He was also found with a small amount of suspected blue fentanyl

A 61-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after he failed a roadside test last Saturday evening in the area of Stone and Scottsdale.


Three unplated white 2023 Infiniti QX80 SUVs were stolen from a Woodlawn West business sometime late Monday or early Tuesday. One of the SUVs have already been recovered by Toronto Police Service but the other two are still outstanding. If you have any information, call Constable Richard Maclean at 519-824-1212, ext. 7503, or email him at rmaclean [at] guelphpolice.ca.

An unknown amount of copper wire was stolen from a business near Woodlawn and Regal sometime last weekend. Staff arrived at work Monday morning and found that three storage containers had been entered overnight after their locks were cut off. Access was gained to the yard by cutting through a fence. If you have any information, call Constable Shayne Finoro at 519-824-1212, ext. 7378, or email him at sfinoro [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police are looking for a white male, late 20s, wearing a black jacket over a red hoodie and dark pants who went to one Clair Road East business on Monday morning and tried to steal cigarettes. When he failed there, he went to a different nearby business and stole five packs of cigarettes after failing to convince the clerk to sell him two packs for $20. If you have any information, call Detective Constable Kyle Winters at 519-824-1212, ext. 7387, or email him at kwinters [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Two people were arrested after a stolen U-Haul truck hit a police cruiser in a parking lot on Macdonell Street early Sunday morning. It was only later that police learned that the truck was stolen, but as fate would have it, officers spotted the 34-year-old female passenger downtown later on Sunday night and arrested her for being an occupant in a stolen vehicle, possessing a controlled substance and two counts of disobeying a court order. She had a knife on her and a small amount of suspected crystal meth.

On Monday night, a 42-year-old Guelph man was arrested for motor vehicle theft, theft from motor vehicle and two counts of breach of probation after police found him in the area of Delhi and Eramosa. He was the one who actually stole the truck on April 20 posing as a U-Haul employee and taking the keys from a customer trying to return the truck.


A pregnant woman was taken to the hospital for minor injuries after getting struck from behind and knocked to the ground in a parking lot near Edinburgh and Crimea on Thursday morning.

A 24-year-old Breslau man was charged with stunt driving and speeding after they were clocked doing 108 kilometres per hour in a 60 zone at Wellington and Edinburgh on Monday evening.

Other Notes

A 29-year-old Guelph male is charged with committing an indecent act in a public place for an incident on Wednesday when a man was seen committing an indecent act while watching children play at a north end daycare.

A 41-year-old Guelph man was charged with breaching a release order after police were speaking to him during an unrelated investigation near Elmira Road and Freshmeadow Way.

A 44-year-old Guelph man was arrested for failing to appear in court last fall to answer for charges including break and enter, possessing break-in tools and obstructing police in the case of a break-in at a Southgate Drive business last July.

Total calls for service last week: 1,732

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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