PHARMACY BREAK AND ENTER

by DrivePerth  

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON) – On Sunday September 21, 2014 shortly after 7 a.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to “The Village Pharmacy” in Milverton, where a break and enter was reported. Investigation determined that suspect(s) smashed the front door, allowing them entry into the pharmacy. The suspect(s) proceeded to the pharmacy counter at the back of the business where they removed narcotic drugs. A Honda Pilot (SUV) silver in colour with tinted windows, was used by the suspect(s) to leave the scene. A southbound motor vehicle passing the pharmacy was nearly struck by the Honda Pilot as it quickly pulled away from in front of the pharmacy and continued southbound on the Main Street. The Perth County OPP is requesting the driver of the vehicle that was nearly struck by the Honda Pilot to contact them. Anyone else having information about this break-in is requested to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000

TWO VEHICLE CRASH CLOSES ROAD

by DrivePerth  

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON) - On Thursday September 18, 2014, around 7:15 a.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Perth Road 107 north of Line 47 (north of Hampstead).

Investigation revealed that a tractor trailer loaded with corn was travelling north bound in the north bound lane of Perth Road 107.  A southbound Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck crossed the centre line and sideswiped the tractor trailer in the north bound lane.  The impact caused the pickup truck to roll and come to rest in the west ditch.  The tractor trailer entered onto the east shoulder and ditch area, where it tipped onto its side spilling the load of corn.

The tractor trailer driver, a 51 year old male from East Zorra Twp. was uninjured.  The 72 year old male driver of the pickup truck, a resident of the Municipality of Brockton was extricated from his vehicle by the Twp. of Perth East Fire Dept. (Shakespeare station).  He was airlifted from the scene and was transported to a Hamilton hospital with major injuries.

RED LIGHT OFFENCE LEADS TO THREE DAY SUSPENSION

by DrivePerth  

(GODERICH, ON) – A 19 year old male driver is facing a charge of Fail to Stop for a Red Light and a three day driver’s licence suspension after he was stopped by police on September 13, 2014.  At approximately 4:45 p.m. a Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer observed the driver of a westbound Pontiac Grand Prix fail to stop for a red light at the intersection of Suncoast Drive and Bayfield Road.  Upon stopping the driver and speaking with the male driver police noted the driver had been drinking alcohol.   

 

A roadside screening test was completed and the driver registered a warn range suspension.  The 19 year old male driver from Central Huron was charged with Red Light – Fail to Stop and his driver’s licence was suspended for three days. 

VEHICLE COLLIDES WITH ROAD SIGN BARRIER

by DrivePerth  

(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – A Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer narrowly escaped injury after a driver slammed his vehicle into a road sign barrier yesterday morning.  The incident unfolded a few minutes before 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of Huron Road and Benmiller Line.  A temporary wooden road sign barricade had been set up on Huron Road as police were actively directing traffic away from a nearby collision scene.

The involved officer was standing outside of his police vehicle directing traffic when he observed the driver of a Buick Lucerne travelling westbound on Huron Road directly into the path of the barricade.  The officer was able to move out of the way moments before the vehicle collided with the barrier.  The road sign barrier was completely destroyed and the Buick Lucerne sustained moderate damage. 

 

The male driver and his passenger were uninjured.  Police have charged a 91 year old from Huron East with Careless Driving.

FRAUDSTERS GO THE EXTRA MILE BY CALLING YOU A CAB

by DrivePerth  

(ST.MARYS, ON) During the past three weeks, the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been made aware of attempted lottery fraud involving single elderly residents of St.Marys.

Investigation into these reported incidents revealed that the victims had been convinced into withdrawing substantial amounts of money from their local bank accounts and depositing this into accounts by means of money transfer services, or via money orders. 

The fraudster has been calling from Jamaica and is using the “Jamaican Lottery Scam”.  The new twist utilized by the fraudster is to contact a local taxi companies, and ordering a cab to the victim’s front door.  The fraudster called from Jamaica and arranged for the victim to be transported to their local bank. 

Local taxi drivers report having been dispatched to elderly residents by an individual calling from Jamaica. 

Elderly citizens are urged to be very wary of anyone attempting to have money sent to them in return for a prize.  Never send money to anyone you don’t know and trust.

Family members, individuals having power of attorney over loved ones, neighbours, health care workers, as well as legal and financial service providers, are urged to be on the watch for scammers that are trying to defraud our seniors and our most vulnerable citizens.

Fraud is a billion dollar enterprise that will only stop when the scammers stop making money.  Anyone interested in more information on fraud can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call centre at 1-888-495-8501 or check online athttp//:www.antifraudcentre.ca.


CRASH WITH DEER CLAIMS ONE LIFE

by DrivePerth  

Deceased Identified

(ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH, ON) -  Shortly after 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014 Huron County OPP officers and Huron County EMS responded to a fatal collision in Port Albert located on Bluewater Veteran’s Highway at Victoria Street. 

The investigation has revealed a Chevrolet Traverse was southbound on Bluewater Veteran’s Highway when it collided with a deer that had entered onto the roadway.  The impact of the collision sent the deer airborne into the path of a northbound Ford Escape whereupon the deer entered the interior compartment of the Escape and struck and killed a front seat passenger. 

The female passenger in the Ford Escape was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The deceased has been identified as 67 year old Elizabeth NEABLE from Tiverton. 

The driver of the Ford Escape, 69 year old Murray NEABLE from Tiverton was transported to hospital with minor injuries.  He has since been released from hospital. 

The two occupants in the Chevrolet Traverse were uninjured.

The roadway is now open for travel.

HURON COUNTY OPP INVESTIGATES SHOOTING INCIDENT

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Victim Identified- Investigation Ongoing

(MUNICIPALITY OF CENTRAL HURON, ON) -  The Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit under the direction of Detective Inspector Chris Avery of OPP Criminal Investigation Branch is continuing to investigate a shooting incident that occurred shortly after 5:00 p.m. on September 13, 2014 in the vicinity of the Hullett Wildlife Conservation Area.

Investigation has determined that the victim and a female were riding horses in the area when an unknown male approached them and shot the victim. The female sustained minor injuries but was able to get to a place of safety.  

The male victim has been identified as 70 year old Donato FRIGO from Caledon East.  A post mortem examination is expected to take place in the coming days.

A number of OPP resources have been brought in to assist with the investigation including the West Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the West Region Forensic Identification Services (FIS).  At this time, the OPP continues to restrict access to the area where the shooting took place.

The investigation is continuing and further information will be provided when available.

Anyone with information about this incident is requested to contact the Huron County OPP immediately at 1-888-310-1122, or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000

HURON COUNTY OPP PARTICIPATES IN DRUG ERADICATION PROJECT

by DrivePerth  

(HURON COUNTY, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recently participated in a multi-jurisdictional marihuana eradication project.  The project involved resources from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canadian Forces (CF), West Grey Police Services and Saugeen Shores Police Service.

This group effort required police services to share information and intelligence in order to identify the marihuana grow sites.  Between August 18th and August 21st, 2014 police seized and destroyed 2,829 marihuana plants from 14 illegal grow sites in Huron County. 

Typically marihuana crops will be harvested starting as early as late August up until the beginning of October.  Usually these marihuana crops are located in swamps, corn fields, wooded areas, along rivers and on rural properties with large acreage.

Huron County OPP would like to offer the following safety tips to members of the public in case they come across an illegal outdoor marihuana grow operation. 

Public Safety Tips

  • As soon as possible, call your local police service or Crime Stoppers.
  • Do not touch the marihuana plants due to potential chemical residue on the plants.
  • If confronted by a marihuana grower, leave the area immediately and contact police.
  • If possible and safe to do so, record vehicle particulars including license plate numbers.  Acquiring GPS coordinates would also be very beneficial.
  • In some cases, outdoor marihuana grows are guarded or protected with booby traps.  If you discover a crop of marihuana plants, do not enter the area! For your personal safety, turn around and immediately leave the area the same way you came in.

If you see suspicious activity or if you have information regarding illegal marihuana grow operations please contact the Huron County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. 

VICTIM FALLS FOR INTERNET SCAM

by DrivePerth  

(GODERICH, ON) – A Goderich resident has recently fallen victim to an internet based scam and is now left without two rings valued at $2400.  The scam started when the victim advertised her engagement ring and a wedding band on a popular online classified site.  She was promptly contacted by an eager buyer willing to pay full price.  The buyer and seller settled on the price and then the buyer instructed the victim to use PayPal to complete the transaction.  The scammer advised her that it would be an easy, safe and secure method to complete the transaction.

The scammer then sent the victim a link to a spoofed PayPal website.  The unsuspecting victim followed the link and was promptly given instructions on how to set up an account.  After setting up the account she was told to await the deposit of funds from the buyer into her account. 

Shortly thereafter the victim received notification that the funds had been deposited into her fake PayPal account.   She then followed through and sent the two rings to an address located in Irving, Texas. 

After sending the rings she received a follow-up email from the fake PayPal site advising her that there was a 48 hour hold put on the deposited funds due to an overpayment of $550 into her account.  The next email she received instructed her to wire the excess $550 through a money transfer service to a recipient based in Beijing, China.  She was reminded in the email that her money then would be released to her once she wired the money.

The victim became suspicious of the entire transaction and called the actual PayPal customer service department whereupon she was informed that she had been scammed. 

The victim attempted to have the parcel stopped in transit however it was too late and the parcel was delivered. 

Below are some tips provided by PayPal that will protect you from PayPal related frauds and scams.

1.    Log in Safely:  To Log into your PayPal account or access the PayPal website open a new web browser and type in the following:  https://www.paypal.com  Don’t get tricked by a spoofed, look-a-like site.

2.    Check the email greeting:  Emails from PayPal will always address you by your first and last name or the business name associated with your PayPal account.  A PayPal scam email may include the salutation “Dear PayPal User” or “Dear PayPal Member”

3.    Look out for Attachments:  PayPal emails will never ask you to download an attachment or a software program.  An attachment found in a PayPal scam email will often contain a virus that can harm your computer or compromise your PayPal account.

4.    Never Give out Personal Information:  If PayPal requests personal information they will only request it after you have safely and securely logged into your PayPal account.  Often PayPal scams will request details such as your full name, account password, credit card number, bank account, PIN number or mother’s maiden name.

Knowledge is power.  Scams are changing all the time, stay on top of the latest scams to protect yourself.  You can learn more about current scams and ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim at www.opp.ca and atwww.antifraudcentre.ca.

CHAINSAWS STOLEN

by DrivePerth  

(ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating the overnight theft of two chainsaws stolen from the back of an insecure pickup truck that was parked on Nile Road. 

The chainsaws were stolen sometime overnight on September 7, 2014. 

The chainsaws are both orange and white Stihl brand, two stroke gas powered engines.  One is a model MS441 valued at $1200 and the other is a model 0-34 valued at $1,000.

 Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. 

UTILITY TRAILER STOLEN

by DrivePerth  

(BLUEWATER, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating the recent theft of a utility trailer stolen from a private driveway located on Bayfield Terrace in Bayfield. The owner reported his black, 1972 model utility trailer was stolen sometime between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on September 8, 2014. 

The trailer is approximately 4 feet by 6 feet in size.     

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. 

YOUTH FACING POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY CHARGE

by DrivePerth  

(SOUTH HURON, ON) – A 15 year old teenager is a facing a charge of Possession of Stolen Property Under $5,000 after he was arrested on an outstanding warrant.  On September 3, 2014 at 12:34 a.m. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers spotted the young male walking on Main Street, near the Exeter OPP Detachment. 

Officers approached the male and arrested the male without incident.  A search incident to arrest was completed and officers located a GPS system in the males’ backpack.  Further investigation revealed the GPS system was stolen from an unlocked pickup truck that was parked on Andrew Street in Exeter.   

As a result, a 15 year old male from Bluewater was charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – Under $5,000 and Failure to Comply with a Disposition.  He has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for the Ontario Youth Justice Court on October 9, 2014.

TOOLS STOLEN FROM MONCRIEFF ROAD PROPERTY

by DrivePerth  

(HURON EAST, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating two break, enter and thefts that occurred over the course of two weeks at a seasonal cottage located on Moncrieff Road.    

Those responsible attended the property sometime around August 21, 2014 and they managed to steal approximately $200 in food and alcohol from the trailer parked on the property.  Then a couple weeks later they returned to the property and pried their way into two outbuildings.  Once inside the shed and shop they proceeded to steal approximately $2,500 in tools, food and alcohol. 

An orange and grey Husqvarna chainsaw, a Dewalt skill saw and a Mini-bike are some of the stolen items.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. 

BREAK AND ENTER INTO PHARMACY

by DrivePerth  

(BLUEWATER, ON)  – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating an early morning break and enter that took place on September 3, 2014.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. two male suspects attended the Michael’s Pharmasave located on Bayfield Main Street and forced entry into the building.  Entry was gained into the store by causing extensive damage to the front doors. 

The two male suspects fled the scene prior to police arrival.  It is unknown at this time what has been taken.

The suspects are described as:

  • A male with a tall, slim build.  He was wearing a baseball cap, a black sweater with long sleeves, knee length shorts, with white and grey shoes.
  • The second male is described as being tall, with a slim build.  He was wearing dark coloured pants with a red stripe on the side and a dark coloured long sleeve shirt.  He was also wearing a baseball cap.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. 

TOOLS STOLEN FROM TRUCK TOOL BOX

by DrivePerth  

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Sunday morning September 07, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to a Richelieu Ave South address in Listowel where tools were discovered stolen from a pickup truck that was parked in a residential driveway.

Investigation revealed that sometime between 11 p.m. on Saturday September 06 and 7 a.m. on Sunday September 07, an unknown person(s) pried open a tool storage box that is secured to the box of the pickup truck.  From inside the tool box several DeWalt cordless tools and a spool of residential electrical wire were removed.  The value of the stolen items is estimated to be $1,100.

Items stolen:

  1. 18V DeWalt cordless hammer drill yellow in colour
  2. 18V DeWalt cordless sawzall yellow in colour
  3. 18V DeWalt cordless Impact drill yellow in colour
  4. A saw kit (6 units), in a black case
  5. 12V DeWwalt drill kit yellow in colour located in a black case
  6. Two spare yellow and black rechargeable batteries
  7. A spool of residential electrical wire (white casing) 

Anyone with information about the theft of these tools, or who knows the stolen items whereabouts is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000

YOUTHS APPREHENDED DURING CURFEW HOURS

by DrivePerth  

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)   On Sunday September 07, 2014 at 3:16 a.m. a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer observed two female youths walking along Main St. West near Wallace Ave North in Listowel.  The officer discovered they were carrying bottles containing alcoholic beverages, and that they were under fifteen years of age.

The girls, both residents of Listowel were apprehended and transported to the North Perth OPP Detachment in LIstowel.  The parents of the girls were contacted, and attended the detachment to pick up their daughters. 

The girls and their parents were warned about the alcohol possession.  The alcohol was confiscated by police and will be disposed of.  Upon handing the girls over to their parents, the officer informed them that he was enforcing a provincial curfew under authority of the provincial Child and Family Services Act.  This curfew states that; children under the age of 16, found in a public place or in a place of public entertainment between midnight and 6 a.m., without an authorized responsible adult, will be picked up by police.  The parent or guardian will then be contacted to retrieve the child.

Parents, the onus is on you to know where your children are at all times, and if they are staying at friends, be sure this is communicated between parents so you know this to be the case.

UNLOCKED VEHICLES ENTERED

by DrivePerth  

(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON)  Between Thursday September 4th and Sunday September 7th, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were contacted by two Mitchell residents who reported their unlocked vehicles entered.

Sometime between 10 p.m. Thursday September 4th and 6:40 a.m. Friday September 5th a pickup truck was entered on George St.  The interior of the vehicle was ransacked and lose change, ownership and insurance documents, as well as a Dodge Ram manual were stolen from inside. 

On Saturday September 6th, between 1 and 2 p.m. a car was left parked on Coulton Drive in Mitchell with the doors unlocked and the windows down.  Upon returning to the vehicle, the owner discovered that a pair of “Sun Dog” sunglasses, a Swiss Chalet gift card, a Samsung A660 cell phone, and a black Canon Power-shot Camera were removed from inside. 

 Here are some tips to prevent you from becoming a victim:

  • Always secure your vehicle doors when parking your vehicle, even if you are only going to be a few minutes.
  • Remove valuables from your vehicle.  If you can’t, then keep them from plain view.
  • Park in well lighted areas with high traffic.
  • Clean out your garage and park your vehicle in it – locking your vehicle and the garage door.

Remember, if you see something, say something.   If you see suspicious activity or behaviour around your vehicle or neighbourhood, report it. 

Anyone with information about these thefts from vehicles is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000

THEFT OF BICYCLE FROM SHED

by DrivePerth  

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Wednesday September 03, 2014, a Listowel resident attended the North Perth Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment to report the theft of a bicycle from a garden shed of their residence located on Main Street East in Listowel.

Investigation revealed that sometime between the noon hour on Monday August 25 and 8 a.m. on Monday September 01, 2014 the theft occurred.  The bicycle was stolen from among other bikes that were located in the unlocked shed. 

Description of bicycle:

-       Schwinn Grande 6.1 black and orange mountain bike

-       29” tires with a 19” frame

-       Disk brakes

-       Odometer mount

-       Black leather type seat

Anyone with information about this theft or the whereabouts of the bike is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000

As a result of recent thefts of bicycles in Perth County, the Perth County OPP wants the public to step up their approach to theft prevention.  For starters, bike owners should utilize high quality locks and use them to attach their bikes to solid objects when leaving them in public areas.  At home bikes should be stored in locked sheds or garages.

The additional step that bicycle owners should take is to record serial numbers.  Most bicycles have distinct serial numbers.  These numbers in conjunction with the bicycle description will allow for easier identification of your bike. 

If your bike is stolen or goes missing, the serial number, make and model, as well as the colour and description can be added to the police information data base.  This information of the bike can now be used to identify bicycles that are recovered or found in possession of other persons.  A picture of the bicycle is also helpful.

Locating your bike’s serial number:

The majority of serial numbers are located under the bottom bracket where the two pedal cranks meet. Simply turn your bike upside down and record the number. If there is no serial number there then check places like the headset at the front of the bike or the rear stays (inside the horizontal bar near the rear axle). It may also be located on the seat tube next to the crank, or on the round steel on top of the crank.  If you just can’t find anything then you can engrave your licence plate number on the bike.

MISCHIEF TO CARVED WOODEN HERON

by DrivePerth  

(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON)  The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call advising that one of the West Perth’s wooden heron sculptures in the Mitchell downtown had been senselessly damaged.

Investigation revealed that sometime over the Labour Day Long Weekend, unknown suspect(s) sawed the head off the wooden heron which adorns the sidewalk in front of the IDA pharmacy.  It is estimated to cost $1,500 to repair the damaged sculpture.

Anyone with information about this mischief is urged to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000

PERTH COUNTY OPP LABOUR DAY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT

by DrivePerth  

(PERTH COUNTY, ON)  The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police was actively patrolling Perth County Roads during the Labour Day Weekend. 

During the weekend only five minor collisions occurred with no serious injuries reported in the County.  Officers did however issue over 101 speeding tickets to drivers who felt the need to drive well in excess of the speed limit. 

One driver a 19 year old male from the Municipality of West Perth operated his Honda Civic on Line 36 west of Stratford at 122 km/h in a posted 70 km/h zone.  This resulted in his vehicle being impounded for a week and his driver’s licence being suspended for seven days.  He has also been issued a summons to appear in court to answer to the charge of “race a motor vehicle”. 

Perth County officers also charged four motorists with distracted driving offences, nine with hazardous moving violations and ten others with other Highway Traffic offences.  In addition, a large number of Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) programs were conducted throughout the county. 

The Perth County OPP will continue to target distracted, impaired, speeding, aggressive and suspended drivers.  Citizens are urged to contact police immediately if they witness or suspect an impaired driver.  The OPP can be reached anytime anywhere within the Province of Ontario at 1-888-310-1122.

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