POLICE NOTES: Major Crash Investigation, Break-In Suspects, and Fake Gun

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.

Major Collision Closed Woodlawn for 12 Hours Plus

If you experienced troubles getting around the north end on Wednesday, ot was because of a car accident near Woolwich around 11:20 am. A silver Honda had been eastbound on Woodlawn Road when it clipped another car before leaving the road and striking a wooden hydro pole. The force of the impact broke the pole and caused the Honda to re-enter the roadway, where it collided with a passing pickup truck.

The driver of the Honda, a a 24-year-old Kitchener man, was taken by Ornge air ambulance to a trauma centre where he has undergone surgery for a serious leg injury. Another driver received a more minor leg injury and was taken to hospital. Excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, but the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the Honda before the collision, and who has not yet spoken to police, is asked to call Constable Tim Paneghel of the Traffic Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7529, or send him an email at tpaneghel [at] guelphpolice.ca.


A 30-year-old Guelph woman was charged with assault and cruelty to animals after she randomly assaulted a dog walker and his dog on Thursday afternoon downtown. The suspect was already facing assault charges for allegedly punching a stranger in the throat in the west end earlier this month.

Two 16-year-old males and a 15-year-old male, all from Guelph, are charged with possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and breaching court orders after police were told about a male who was possibly in possession of a weapon at a business near Eramosa and Stevenson last Friday. It was a replica Glock firearm.


Police have released images of two people that they’d like to talk to in regards to a break-in at a business on Wyndham Street South on May 4 at 2 am. The first suspect was described as a white male with a medium build wearing a bomber-style jacket, black and grey camo pants, black gloves, tan work boots, a black hat and a yellow bandana. The second was described as a white female with a thin build and blonde hair and wearing a pink jacket, blue jeans and a yellow baseball cap. If you have any information, call Constable Emma Turney at 519-824-1212, ext. 7438, or email her at eturney [at] guelphpolice.ca.


A 39-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking and possessing a stolen credit card. This was on top of previous break and enter and failing to appear in court charges. When the suspect was taken into custody, and a search revealed a black BB gun, a contaminated digital scale, a small amount of suspected fentanyl, drug paraphernalia and a Visa card in someone else’s name.


A 31-year-old Oshawa man was charged with fraud over $5,000, obstructing police, possessing identity documents, uttering a forged document and possessing a controlled substance. Police arrested him after he tried to cash a cheque worth more than $45,000 at a south end bank. A small amount of crystal meth was allegedly found when he was arrested.

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 19-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving and novice driver having alcohol in his system. plus his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after nearly running over City workers installing the rainbow crosswalk at 2 am Thursday morning.

A 32-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving, and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after a sports car was seen driving erratically on Victoria Road North Wednesday night where it struck the median twice, and then struck two different parked cards.

A 28-year-old Guelph man was charged with impaired driving, and his licence was suspended for 90 days after police were notified about a possible impaired driver leaving a licensed establishment near Stone and Edinburgh last Friday evening.

A 27-year-old Guelph woman was charged with impaired driving and breach of probation. plus her licence was suspended for 90 days after police were notified about a possible impaired driver near Speedvale and Metcalfe Sunday evening.


Police recovered three stolen vehicles from a parking lot at Roland and Bristol Sunday afternoon, a 2021 Range Rover taken from Peel Region and two stolen Lexus SUVs from Toronto. If you have any information about the vehicles call Constable Kyle Sanson at 519-824-1212, ext. 7539, or email him at ksanson [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police are looking for information about the theft of approximately $15,000 worth of tools from a work truck parking at a residence near Nottingham and Dublin Wednesday afternoon. Among the tools stolen were saws, drills and other hand tools, most of which are red and black Milwaukee brand tools. If you have any information, call Constable Anna-Maria DePaepe at 519-824-1212, ext. 7195, or email her at adepaepe [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Police are investigating a theft that took place on May 11 around 3 pm. Witnesses reported that a vehicle parked outside a Hanlon Creek Boulevard business was approached by two men who arrived in a different vehicle. A window was smashed and a large amount of cash was stolen.

Police believe the victim was followed to the location and are looking for dashcam footage from Stone Road West between Gordon Street and the Hanlon Expressway or Gordon Street between Stone Road West and Harts Lane West on May 11 between noon and 1:30 pm. If this sounds like you, call Detective Constable Jagdeep Atwal at 519-824-1212, ext. 7436, or email him at jatwal [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 37-year-old Guelph man was charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000, nine counts of driving while prohibited, possessing a controlled substance and breaching probation for the May 12 theft of a 2016 Lexus from the area of the OR Lands on York Road. The car was recovered thanks to GPS, but the person seen driving it ran away from the scene. Police took him into custody on Tuesday.


A 40-year-old Guelph man was charged with driving while prohibited, and his vehicle was impounded for 45 days after police spotted a car weaving inside the lane while on patrol near Gordon and Harvard.

Other Notes

Police are looking for a man with brown skin, mid-30s, medium build and wearing a dark blue jacket and grey pants. The man was caught on surveillance video setting fire to a tarp over a shed at a business near Woodlawn and Silvercreek at 11:30 pm on May 16. The fire destroyed the shed and a salt spreader inside causing more than $4,000 in damage.

Police are investigating a suspicious fire on Wednesday at an abandoned house on College Avenue West. Damage to the house is considered minor and no injuries were reported. If you have any information, call Detective Constable Brandon Kohler of the Guelph Police Service General Investigations Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7537, or email him at bkohler [at] guelphpolice.ca.

Total calls for service last week: 1,871

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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