POLICE NOTES: Sextortion Scams, Hit and Run, and Firing Overreaction

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 23-year-old Winnipeg man was charged with sexual assault for an October 2021 incident where a Guelph woman reported that a delivery man  inappropriately touched her twice  while he was delivering furniture to her west-end home.

A 15-year-old Guelph male was charged with robbery and a 12-year-old Guelph male was charged with assault after two boys approached another boy on a bike outside a business near Edinburgh and Stone. The victim was pushed and punched as the other boys tried to take his bike.

A 15-year-old Guelph male was charged with three counts of assaulting police, two counts of assault to resist arrest, mischief under $5,000 and causing a disturbance. Early last Saturday morning police responded to a disturbance near Stone and Scottsdale where a young man and woman were screaming at each other.  The male responded to the arrival of the police by elbowing an officer through an open car window, and then kicked and spat on the officers as they arrested him. When the officers took the suspect home to his parents, be became belligerent again and pushed one officer in the chest and  then threw rocks at the cruiser as it was leaving.

A 31-year-old Guelph man was charged with utter threats to cause damage to property, mischief under $5,000, assault, utter threats to cause death, and two counts of breach probation. After going to his old job near Elmira and Massey where he responded to his firing by threatening to burn the business down and using marker to write on the windows, he went to his old boss’ house near Victoria and Elizabeth where he dumped a drink on him, punched him in the head and threatened to kill him and his family.


A homeowner returned to their residence near Edinburgh and Kortright on Tuesday evening and found his bedroom ransacked and a small safe missing. In the safe was cash, jewellery and a gold bar with a total value of more than $40,000. If you have any information about this case, call Constable Cole Ridsdale at 519-824-1212, ext. 7546, or email him at cridsdale [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 22-year-old Kitchener man was charged with break and enter, possessing stolen property over $5,000, possessing break and enter tools and several breaches of court orders for an April break-in at an apartment near Paisley and Elmira. The suspect and three others used a crowbar to force force open the front door and several storage lockers and got away in a stolen SUV. The investigation is ongoing.

A 29-year-old Guelph man was charged with break enter a place with intent to commit indictable offence, possession of break in instruments, possession of property obtained by crime and breach probation early Tuesday morning. The suspect accessed the parking garage of a commercial property near Scottsdale and Stone and was found by police a short distance away with break-in tools and main in someone else’s name.


Nothing to report here.


Sextortion was back on the menu this week with two incidents.

In the first, a Guelph man shared intimate images with an unknown person he believed to be a women he had met on social media who then turned around and demanded payment or else threatened to send the images to the man’s contacts. He ended up sending $700 in e-transfers and prepaid gift cards. In the second incident, a a 44-year-old Guelph man  also reported sending $250 via etransfer  when he sent intimate images to a supposed woman he met online who also turned around and threatened to release them to his contacts.

There’s nothing to indicate that the two incidents are related, but technology makes it hard to find the suspects, especially since they could extort you from outside of Guelph, or even outside the county. “Residents are strongly encouraged to be cautious when communicating with parties previously unknown to them, and to avoid providing sensitive information including photographs,” police say.

A 38-year-old Scarborough man was charged with uttering a forged document after trying to open a back account under a fake name at a west end bank.

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 58-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after officers observed a vehicle mounting a curb and driving close to pedestrians on Norfolk Street Wednesday evening. Investigation revealed the man currently has impaired driving charges before the courts and his vehicle was seized indefinitely.

A 20-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving last Saturday night after witnesses reported a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road, cutting off other vehicles and driving across a median on Eramosa Road. When police caught up with the driver, he was found to have slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet, while a bottle of assorted pills and a grinder was seen inside the car.


A white 2016 Ford Escape was in its Bristol Street parking lot on Saturday evening and then it was gone on Sunday morning. If you’ve seen it, or know who took it, call Constable Natasha Ward at519-824-1212, ext. 7554, or email her at nward [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 33-year-old Guelph woman was charged with theft under $5,000, breach of probation and entering a premises while prohibited for shoplifting from a Silvercreek North business she had previous been banned from.

A 27-year-old Guelph man was charged with theft under $5,000 and three counts of breach of probation after he shoplifted from a downtown store.

A 21-year-old Guelph woman was charged with robbery and two counts of theft under $5,000 on Sunday morning when she allegedly left a Stone Road store with a care full of product, and was followed out by an employee. This erupted into a struggle and the employee was punched repeatedly in the face sustaining injury. The suspect fled, but police found them a short time later along with items taken from other nearby businesses.


Three Provincial Offence Notices for speeding in a one hour period on Monday during a speed enforcement near the intersection of Arkell and Victoria.

A 22-year-old Guelph man was charged with stunt driving and his licence was suspended for 30 days after police clocked him doing 83 kilometres per hour in a 40 zone on College near Rodney.

An 18-year-old Arthur woman was charged with failing to stop at a collision and dangerous driving on Thursday when they reported struck two vehicles from behind in a construction zone near Victoria and Cassino. The vehicle was also observed speeding away from the scene at twice the speed limit and it drove through two stop signs.

Other Notes

A 27-year-old Guelph woman was charged with fail to attend court after missing a court date to answer to charges including theft under $5,000 and yes, fail to attend court.

Total calls for service last week: 2,060

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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