Guelph K9 unit captures suspect
A Cambridge male faces a long list of charges after he was captured Sunday morning by a Guelph Police Service canine unit.
Officers were alerted approximately 6:40 a.m. Sunday to a break and enter in progress at a commercial plaza on Kortright Road West. The canine unit was first on scene and observed a male running through the parking lot. After several commands to stop, Police Service Dog Titan was deployed and successfully apprehended the male.
Investigation revealed the glass doors of two businesses in the plaza, as well as a third business nearby, had been smashed. Officers located a motor vehicle in the parking lot and determined the vehicle and licence plates had been reported stolen in separate incidents from another jurisdiction.
Crowbars, power tools, a wallet and small amounts of suspected cocaine and crack cocaine were located inside the vehicle.
A 30-year-old Cambridge male faces several charges, including three counts of break and enter, possessing stolen property over $5,000, two counts of possessing stolen property under $5,000, possessing a controlled substance, possessing break-in instruments and driving while disqualified. He was held for a bail hearing Monday.
Stolen vehicle twice takes off on police
The Guelph Police Service continues to investigate after a stolen pick-up twice fled officers on Friday.
Just after 10 a.m. police were notified of a stolen Ford F-150 in a parking lot on Woodlawn Road West near Woolwich Street. Officers located the pickup but as they approached the driver sped off, driving across a median and out onto Woodlawn Road West.
Officers were checking the area when they observed the same truck re-enter the parking lot 10 minutes later before fleeing again. Believing the driver had returned to pick someone up, officers identified a female who had been a passenger in the truck and located her walking nearby.
A 25-year-old Chatham female is charged with occupying a stolen motor vehicle and possessing stolen property over $5,000. She will appear in a Guelph court April 22, 2022. Police continue to investigate the driver of the pick-up.
Impaired, drug charges
Three people face charges after Guelph Police Service officers recovered a stolen pickup truck Saturday afternoon.
Just before noon, police were notified a stolen Dodge Ram was possibly at a commercial address on Speedvale Avenue West. The truck was located running in the parking lot and blocked in. The female in the driver’s seat was showing signs of impairment, including delayed responses to commands and an inability to keep her eyes open.
She was arrested and taken to the police station, where testing revealed she was impaired by controlled substances.
A search of the truck revealed a bag of suspected cocaine and paraphernalia consistent with trafficking.
A 32-year-old Guelph female is charged with impaired operation, possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking, possessing stolen property over $5,000 and occupying a stolen motor vehicle.
Investigation revealed two other parties had fled the vehicle prior to police arrival. They were both located in the area and arrested. A 29-year-old Guelph male and 22-year-old Guelph female are both charged with possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking, possessing stolen property over $5,000 and occupying a stolen motor vehicle.
The females will appear in a Guelph court May 3, 2022. The male was held for a bail hearing and has been released to appear in a Guelph court April 8, 2022.
Runs stop signs, charged with impaired
A Guelph male faces an impaired driving charge after he was observed running two stop signs Friday evening.
Approximately 6:50 p.m., a Guelph Police Service officer was dispatched to the area of Gordon Street and McGilvray Street. A University of Guelph Campus Safety officer had conducted a traffic stop after witnessing a vehicle running two stop signs.
A Guelph Police Service Traffic Services officer spoke to the driver and immediately detected an odour of alcoholic beverage. The driver registered a fail on a roadside screening device and was taken to the police station, where further testing confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system.
A 27-year-old Guelph male is charged with impaired operation. His driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for seven days. He will appear in a Guelph court April 8, 2022.
Investigation ongoing following rollover collision
The Guelph Police Service continues to investigate following a rollover collision Saturday morning.
Police were called to a single-vehicle collision on Stone Road West near Gordon Street approximately 9:38 a.m. Investigation revealed a vehicle lost control and left the road, rolling over.
A 56-year-old Guelph male and 78-year-old Guelph female were transported to Guelph General Hospital to be treated for their injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage, and has not yet spoken with police, is asked to call Constable Derren Gould of the Guelph Police Service Traffic Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7056, or email him at email@example.com.
No arrests during RIDE checks
One driver was issued a three-day suspension but there were no criminal charges laid following RIDE checks in Guelph Friday night.
Approximately 400 vehicles were stopped at various locations. Approximately 50 drivers were asked to provide breath samples, resulting in one three-day suspension for a driver who registered a Warn, indicating a blood-alcohol concentration approaching the legal limit.
No drivers were charged with criminal offences related to impaired driving.
Total calls for service in the last 72 hours – 626
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It’s been four blissfully quiet days since Erica Phillips last heard from the collection agencies ringing her two or three times daily for months, demanding payment of hundreds of dollars owed on a Bell Mobility account with her name on it that she never opened.
“It’s a huge sense of relief,” she said. “It’s so nice knowing that this won’t continue being a daily reminder of something that shouldn’t have been my problem to begin with.”
The Vancouver woman says she has been fighting the company for more than two years with little response, submitting documents supporting that the account was fraudulently opened using her name while at the same time filing reports with police, credit agencies and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
She says relief from the collection calls only came after she contacted news outlets and posted about her frustrations on social media.
“I took all of the correct avenues,” she said. “I didn’t want to make myself public but I felt like I was forced to,” she said.
Phillips’ ordeal started in 2020 when she received notices mailed to an old address from both Rogers and Bell Mobility that said she owed money. She says she had never been a client of either company, so she thought they were a phishing scam. Further investigation found that identity fraudsters had used her personal information to open the accounts in her name.
She says Rogers took quick action to cancel the account when she contacted them, but Bell Mobility did not.
“That’s what seemed so insane to me at the beginning, that it was so easily taken care of with one of the companies and then not at all with the other,” said Phillips.
In an emailed statement, Bell Mobility told CBC:
“We have conducted an investigation and have determined that this account was fraudulent. We are attempting to contact the client and have advised our affiliated credit agencies of the billing error.”
The Consumer Protection B.C. website has information on how to prevent identity theft. It also has forms and advice for individuals who are being pursued by a company or collection agency for a debt that is not theirs.
Identity fraud and identity theft are criminal offences, but have become lucrative thanks to the growth of technology, according to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
In 2021, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre issued an alert after a spike in identity fraud reporting.
“Fraudsters are using personal information about Canadians to apply for government benefits, credit cards, bank accounts, cellphone accounts or even take over social media and email accounts,” it said.
Phillips says in just one night her social media post received more than 100,000 views. She’s been surprised by the number of people who have reached out to her to say they too have been victims of identity fraud.
“It’s unbelievable the comments that I’m getting on all of the various stories now of people in similar situations,” she said. “It’s crazy.”
She says Bell Mobility has not apologized.
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