Store staff foils large theft of personal care items

The Guelph Police Service is investigating after staff from a Guelph business foiled the theft Thursday of thousands of dollars in personal care items.

A female entered the business on Woodlawn Road West near Woolwich Street approximately 4 p.m. She selected a large quantity of items and left the store through a fire exit to a waiting vehicle. Staff observed this and gave chase, recovering most of the items. The female entered the waiting vehicle and drove off with two males.

Staff determined the product recovered -- which included electric toothbrushes, electric razors and teeth whitening strips – was valued at almost $3,600. It is believed the female managed to flee with an unknown amount of stolen product.

The female was described as Caucasian, brunette, 35 to 40 years with a heavy build and wearing a grey t-shirt and black face mask. The vehicle was described as a silver Dodge Grand Caravan with white duct tape over the licence plates. The passenger-side sliding door was possibly rendered inoperable during the incident. The two males were described as possibly Middle Eastern.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Cecilia Hudecki at 519-824-1212, ext. 7215, email her at chudecki@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online.

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Five motorists face distracted driving charges

Five motorists face hefty fines for using a cellphone while driving after an enforcement effort downtown Thursday morning.

Officers monitored traffic in the area of Norfolk and Macdonell Streets for approximately two hours Thursday. During that time five motorists were observed using wireless devices while behind the wheel.

Provincial legislation bans use of handheld devices while behind the wheel, including while stopped at red lights. The set fine begins at $615 and can be as high as $3,000 depending on several factors including the driver’s history and type of licence held.

The Guelph Police Service reminds all motorists to avoid any kind of distraction while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Stolen motor vehicle recovered in Guelph

The Guelph Police Service is investigating after a stolen motor vehicle was found abandoned in the city early Friday.

Approximately 12:25 a.m. a resident in the area of Alma Street North and Petrolia Street called police to report a suspicious vehicle. The caller advised the vehicle had been parked on the street for approximately one hour with two parties inside.

Police were dispatched and found the Ford F-350 pickup unoccupied but noted the engine was still warm. Investigation revealed the pickup had been reported stolen outside the City of Guelph. The area was checked but the individuals were not located. The pickup was seized for further investigation.

The matter is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Christian Godin at 519-824-1212, ext. 7288, email him at cgodin@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online.

Police investigating residential garage break in

The Guelph Police Service is investigating after a bicycle was stolen from a residential garage this week.

Approximately 10 a.m. Thursday a resident in the area of Bagot Street and Paisley Road called police to report her garage had been entered overnight and a bicycle stolen.

The matter is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Syed Ali at 519-824-1212, ext. 7145, email him at sali@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online.

Total calls for service in the last 24 hours - 215