Categories
Alerts OPP Police Press Releases

Sucker Gives Scammer $150,000 After Being Told They Won $800,000

(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) – On Friday, May 7, 2021, at approximately 10:47 a.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment investigated a fraud after being called to a Norfolk County address.

It was determined that a local resident had been contacted through a social media platform and informed that they had won an $800,000 prize. Between January 1, 2020 and May 7, 2021, the victim forwarded approximately $150,000 in E-Transfers using a Bit-Coin website. The victim realized that this was in fact a scam and contacted police.

Scammers are increasingly using email and other online social media applications as a means of communication to target potential victims. The OPP are warning all residents to be on the lookout for unsolicited messages claiming that you have won a prize as a result of being a new account holder of any new media platform that was recently downloaded to your devices. If you receive a suspicious message from anyone claiming that you won a large sum of money or new vehicle, simply delete the message and do NOT send any money.

Members of the Norfolk County OPP Crime Unit are continuing to investigate and is seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation. If anyone has any information they are being asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

Categories
OPP Police Press Releases

Brian WHITWORTH – Drunk Driving

(HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand County Detachment has charged a 32-year-old individual with impaired driving following a collision investigation on Concession 11 Walpole in Hagersville, Haldimand County, ON.

On Saturday May 8, 2021 at 1:35 p.m., OPP responded to Concession 11 Walpole for a report of a single vehicle collision.

OPP located the vehicle on its roof in the ditch where they investigated.

An individual was located a short distance away and was identified as the vehicle driver.

The individual was not injured as a result of the collision.

While speaking with the individual, signs of alcohol consumption were detected. An Approved Screening Device was utilized and the individual was taken to the Haldimand County OPP detachment for further testing.

As a result of their investigation, OPP has charged 32-year-old Brian WHITWORTH of Caledonia, Haldimand County, ON with:

  • Driving a motor vehicle while impaired
  • Driving a motor vehicle with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood

The accused is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cayuga at a later date to answer to the charges.

Categories
OPP Police Press Releases

Anne EPSTEIN – Arson, Disregard for Human Life

(POINT EDWARD, ON) – On May 8, 2021 at 6:30 p.m., members of the Lambton County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were contacted by Command Staff of Point Edward Fire and Rescue regarding a suspicious structure fire on Fort Street, Point Edward.

Officers attended and secured the scene to await the arrival of the Ontario Fire Marshal. Through the investigation, a suspect was identified and taken into custody.

Anne EPSTEIN, 64-years-old of Point Edward has been charged with:

  • Arson-Disregard for Human Life (CC).

The accused was released following a bail hearing on May 9, 2021.

Categories
OPP Police Press Releases

20 Year Old Impaired Driver Facing Numerous Charges

(BRANT COUNTY, ON) – On Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:03 a.m., an officer with the Brant County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) initiated a traffic stop on Brant Road in the County of Brant. The driver was arrested and transported to the Brant County OPP detachment, where further tests were administered.

Police have charged Richard BURGESS, 20 years-of-age from London, Ontario with

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs,
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance – Methylenedioxyamphetamine (Ecstasy),
  • Possession of a Schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking,
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000,
  • Possession of over 30g dried cannabis in a public place,
  • Operating a motor vehicle without insurance and
  • Several additional offences under the Highway Traffic Act.

The accused has been released from police custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice located in Brantford, Ontario at a later date.

If you see a suspected impaired driver, you should contact the Ontario Provincial Police or your nearest police authority immediately by calling 9-1-1.

Categories
OPP Police Press Releases

K9 Used To Locate Criminals – Names Released

(DAWN-EUPHEMIA TOWNSHIP, ON) – On April 22, 2021 at 3:30 a.m., members of the Lambton County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were contacted regarding a suspicious vehicle at a storage facility in Dawn-Euphemia Township.

Officers attended and surrounded the property until an OPP Canine Unit (K9) arrived. While searching the area, General Service Dog (GSD) “Blitz” located one of the individuals who was taken into custody. A second individual made themselves known to officers after realizing the capabilities of an OPP GSD.   

As a result, James ALDERTON, 64-years-old of Charing Cross, and Heidi DEHOOG, 49-years-old of Bothwell have been charged with:

  • Break, Enter dwelling house-commit indictable offence.
  • Possession break in instruments.

DEHOOG faces additional charges of:

  • Failure to comply with undertaking.
  • Possess schedule 1 substance-methamphetamine.

The accused have been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Categories
OPP Police Press Releases

Middlesex Weekend Report

(MIDDLESEX, ON) – Over the course of the weekend, members of the Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were busy during their part to keep our communities safe. 

(Thames Centre) – On, April 18, 2021 at 8:44 a.m., members of the Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police, were requested to observe for a vehicle that had been involved in a fail to remain collision in Lambton County. Middlesex OPP officers located and stopped the vehicle on Harrison Street in Thames Centre.

Upon further investigation, police determined the driver of the motor vehicle was impaired by drug.

Michael HEATON, a 44-year-old from Woodstock has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – drugs, section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • Drive motor vehicle – no licence, section 32(1) of the Highway Traffic Act

The accused is scheduled to appear in a London court room on May 25, 2021.

(Adelaide-Metcalfe Township) – On April 17, 2021, Middlesex OPP responded to the report of a break and enter on Cuddy Drive, Adelaide-Metcalfe Township. During the period of April 10 to April 17, 2021, a window was smashed to a shack where entry was gained and ransacked. A subsequent trailer was also entered and suffered minimal damage. The investigation is ongoing.

The Middlesex OPP wants to remind the public that if you see anything suspicious or suspect an impaired driver you should contact the Ontario Provincial Police or your nearest police authority immediately.

The OPP can be reached anytime, anywhere in the Province of Ontario at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.   

Categories
OPP Police Press Releases

Two Arrested During Break And Enter

(LEAMINGTON, ON) – On April 8th, 2021 approximately 02:20 a.m. Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) patrol officers were called to the area of the 20000 block of County Road 42, in the Municipality of Lakeshore regarding a possible break and enter at a business premise. 

Police attended, located and arrested two suspects. A quantity of break in instruments were seized and a catalytic converter was recovered. The Community Street Crimes Unit was called to assist with the investigation and as a result the following have been charged:

Mark GRIEVE, age 36, of Leamington is charged with:

  • Break and Enter with intent to commit an indicatable offence – Criminal Code of Canada (C.C)
  • Possession of Break in Instruments – C.C.
  • Mischief Under $5000 – C.C.
  • Possession of a controlled substance -schedule 1 cocaine – Controlled Drugs and Substance Act

Jonathon DEBERGH, age 38, of Leamington is charged with:

  • Break and Enter with intent to commit an indicatable offence – Criminal Code of Canada (C.C)
  • Possession of Break in Instruments – C.C.
  • Mischief Under $5000 – C.C.

The matter is scheduled to be heard on May 24, 2021 at the Windsor, Ontario Court of Justice.

Police are asking the public to report suspicious vehicles or person(s). Whether the incident if observed directly or on surveillance systems. 

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

Categories
OPP Police Press Releases

Darryl WYTHE – Careless Driving, Fail To Remain, Etc.

(HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand County Detachment has charged a 27-year-old individual following a single vehicle collision on Mississauga Road in Mississauga’s of the Credit First Nation, ON.   

On Monday April 5, 2021 at 4:15 p.m., OPP responded to Mississauga Road for a single vehicle collision. A witness reported that a vehicle had rolled over and it appeared a person was near the vehicle.

Officers located the vehicle abandoned off the roadway.

During their investigation, officers located an individual a short distance away and later determined the individual was the driver involved in the collision.

As a result of their investigation, OPP has charged 27-year-old Dice Darryl WYTHE of Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation with:

  • Obstruct Peace Officer
  • Fail to Comply with an Undertaking
  • Fail to Remain
  • Careless Driving
  • Operate a motor vehicle without insurance
  • Driving a motor vehicle while under suspension
  • Drive a motor vehicle with no licence plates

The accused was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cayuga.

Categories
OPP Police Press Releases

Joseph ROBSON – Drunk Driving

(TOWN OF ERIN, ON) – On April 1, 2021 at approximately 7:00 p.m., Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a vehicle that was driving erratically southbound on Wellington Road 124 in the Town of Erin.

Police spotted the vehicle and pulled it over a short time later.

While speaking with the driver, officers formed the opinion formed the opinion that they were under the influence of alcohol. A Roadside Screening test was conducted which resulted in a fail. The driver was arrested and brought to a local OPP Operations Centre for further testing.

As a result, Joseph ROBSON, 40-years-old of Petawawa, has been charged with  Impaired Operation – 80 Plus (mgs of alcohol in 100mL of blood) contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

A 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (A.D.L.S.) and 7-day Vehicle Impoundment was initiated as per statute. The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice – Guelph on April 23, 2021 to answer to the charges.

If you suspect someone is driving while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired, either by drug or alcohol, call police at 911 to report it.

Categories
Area OPP Police Press Releases

Methamphetamine Bust – Names Released

(TOWNSHIP OF CENTRE WELLINGTON, ON) – On April 1, 2021 at approximately 1:00 a.m., a member of the Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop on Belsyde Avenue near Tower Street South in Fergus.  

While speaking with the occupants, the officer observed several packages of unmarked contraband tobacco within the vehicle.  Police also recovered a quantity of a substance suspected to be crystal methamphetamine from within the vehicle. When the driver was placed under arrest, it was reported that they became combative and assaulted a police officer.

Jason DESROCHE, 36-years-old of Guelph has been charged with;

  • Possess Unmarked Cigarettes
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance-methamphetamine (2 counts)
  • Assault a Peace Officer

Samantha PLOUFFE-VACHON, 30-years-old of Durham has been charged with;

  • Possess Unmarked Cigarettes
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance-methamphetamine (2 counts)

Both individuals are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Guelph on May 4, 2021, to answer to the charges.