Area OPP Police Press Releases

Criminal Attempts To Steal Car & With Person Inside

(NORTH PERTH, ON) – A scary situation ended safely for one North Perth resident after someone tried to steal their car – with them inside.

The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call on December 14 2021, at approximately 8:00 a.m., after an unknown male suspect tried to steal a car that was running while it was warming up on Monument Road, Atwood, in the Municipality of North Perth.

The suspect entered the driver’s door, and put the car in reverse. That’s when he noticed an occupant in the back seat of the car. The suspect then fled the scene, returning to the vehicle that had dropped him off. The suspect vehicle was last seen driving south towards Monkton.

There was no violence in this incident, and the adult occupant of the vehicle was not injured.

The suspect is described as:

–       Caucasian male

–       Thin

–       Scruffy face (“5 o’clock shadow”) (blond coloured)

–       Wearing a black toque, grey sweater with no hood, black track pants, and red gloves with black spots.

The suspect vehicle is similar to a silver Nissan Altima or Volkswagon Jetta.

While it is uncommon for a person to be inside of a vehicle when someone attempts to steal it, stolen vehicle occurrences are occurring frequently, and even multiple times a week in Perth County. With the cold weather upon us, the Perth County OPP would like to remind drivers to never leave a vehicle unlocked while warming it up.

Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online at Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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