Police investigating suspicious fire

The Guelph Police Service and Guelph Fire Department are investigating a suspicious fire early Sunday morning at a farm property in the city’s north end.

A passerby reported a large fire approximately 1:20 a.m. at a property on Victoria Road North near the Speed River. A barn structure on the property was engulfed in flames. Investigation revealed the property is owned by the Grand River Conservation Authority and has been unoccupied for several years.

Another barn on the same property was destroyed by fire in May of this year.

Sunday’s fire is considered suspicious. Police would like to speak to anyone who was driving in the area around the time of the fire or has dashcam footage. Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Phil Perrins of the Guelph Police Service General Investigations and Special Projects unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7336, email him at pperrins@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.


Police seek video after several vehicles damaged

The Guelph Police Service is seeking witnesses or surveillance camera footage after several vehicles were damaged early Friday, possibly with a baseball bat.

Police were called just after 1 a.m. Friday to the area of Grange Road and Raspberry Lane. A resident was awakened by a loud noise and went outside to discover the windows of his vehicle smashed. It is believed a baseball bat was used based to cause the damage.

Investigation revealed several vehicles were damaged, sustaining thousands of dollars in damage.

Anyone with information or who has surveillance video is asked to call Constable Jay Hall at 519-824-1212, ext. 7136, email him at jhall@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.


Male arrested on warrant, new drug charges

A Guelph male faces a drug charge after police found him sitting on a downtown bench Sunday morning with drug paraphernalia at his feet.

Guelph Police Service officers spoke to the male after he was found slumped over on a bench on Wyndham Street North about 9:15 a.m. Investigation revealed he was wanted for failing to appear in court earlier this month on a charge of mischief over $5,000.

The male was arrested, and a search incident to arrest revealed a baggie containing suspected fentanyl.  A 29-year-old Guelph male was further charged with failing to appear in court and possession of a controlled substance. He will appear in a Guelph court October 29, 2021.


Male charged for stealing from employer

A Guelph male caught on camera stealing from a former employer faces several criminal charges.

Last month, the Guelph Police Service was called to a business on Stone Road West near Edinburgh Road South. A loss prevention officer reported a former employee had defrauded the business several times during March and April by either removing product without scanning it or scanning a much lower-priced item instead.

The total value of the theft and frauds was nearly $1,300. The employee was let go once the deception was discovered.

On Saturday the male was located at a residence in the south end and arrested. A 24-year-old Guelph male is charged with three counts each of theft under $5,000 and fraud under $5,000. He will appear in a Guelph court October 22, 2021.


Stolen bike recovered, male arrested

A Guelph male faces several charges after a stolen bicycle was recovered on Friday.

Guelph Police Service officers were at a Stone Road West business on an unrelated matter when they observed a male known to them arriving on a bicycle. When the male went inside the business, officers queried the bicycle’s serial number and determined it had been reported stolen in June.

The male was arrested upon exiting the store. A search incident to arrest revealed a small container holding suspected methamphetamine.

A 33-year-old Guelph male is charged with possessing stolen property, possessing a controlled substance and breach of probation. He will appear in a Guelph court October 19, 2021.


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