Police hope burglar’s camo coat gives him away

The Guelph Police Service is hoping a burglar’s distinctive camouflage coat gives him away.

Just after 11 p.m. Thursday, the Guelph Police Service was called to a business on Woodlawn Road West near Nicklin Road after a passerby noted the business’ front door was smashed and a bicycle appeared to be abandoned outside. Police arrived a few minutes later and confirmed a break and enter had occurred.

While reviewing surveillance video -- which the suspect had unsuccessfully attempted to disable by unplugging it – police determined the male arrived on the bicycle approximately 10:20 p.m. and spent some time examining the premises before picking up a fire extinguisher which was outside and throwing it through the glass door.

The male rummaged through the store before fleeing on foot with an undetermined amount of product. He is described as a Caucasian male in his 20s, 5’10”, medium build, clean shaven with short hair. He was wearing a black and white camo jacket, grey baseball cap with a logo on the front and black pants.

The incident is under investigation. Anyone who recognizes the male is asked to call Constable Brandon Lohwinow at 519-824-1212, ext. 7204, email him at blohwinow@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous tip for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

 

 

 

Car in snowbank leads to driver in custody

Getting his car stuck in a snowbank ended up being the least of a Breslau male’s concerns Thursday night.

About 11:30 p.m. the Guelph Police Service was called to a report of a vehicle going off the road and getting stuck near the intersection of London Road West and Bagot Street. The caller advised the male driver, who appeared unsteady on his feet, was trying to dig the car out.

Police arrived on scene as the male was still trying to free the vehicle. He was showing obvious signs of impairment and had a strong odour of alcoholic beverage on his breath and was arrested for impaired driving.

Police observed several open containers of alcoholic beverage inside and outside the vehicle. The male was uncooperative with police and refused to provide a breath sample.

A 50-year-old Breslau male is charged with impaired operation, refuse to comply with a breath demand, driving without a licence, driving with an invalid licence plate, failing to have an insurance card and driving a motor vehicle with access to open alcohol. His driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days.

He will appear in a Guelph court June 11, 2021.

 

Business owner left with costly repair after vandalism

The owner of a Guelph business was left with a costly repair after someone threw a small hammer through his front window Thursday evening.

The Guelph Police Service was called to the business near Speedvale Avenue West and Woolwich Street just before 9 p.m. Officers noted a hole in the glass door approximately 30 centimetres in diameter and a small hammer lying inside. No entry to the business was gained.

The business owner estimates the damage at $1,500.

The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Brandon Lohwinow at 519-824-1212, ext. 7204, email him at blohwinow@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous tip for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

  

Male arrested months after shoplifting

A Guelph male was arrested Thursday, more than four months after he was caught on video shoplifting from a local business.

On October 7, 2020, the male entered a business on Woodlawn Road West near Woolwich Street carrying an empty plastic bag and a backpack which appeared empty. He selected several items and took them into a washroom, emerging a short time later carrying the plastic bag and backpack which now both appeared full. Staff tried to stop him but he fled on a bicycle.

Police reviewed the store’s security video and recognized the male, who was also on an undertaking banning him from attending the store. The male was located Thursday afternoon close to the same store and was arrested.

A 45-year-old Guelph male is charged with theft under $5,000 and failing to comply with an undertaking. He will appear in a Guelph court June 4, 2021.

 

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