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OPP Report March 27, 2020

Web posted on March 27, 2020

GREY BRUCE OPP COMMANDER'sMESSAGE

"On March 17, theGovernment of Ontario declared a State of Emergencythrough the authority granted under theEmergency Management and Civil Protection Act.Emergency orders were issued under the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Ontario. The Government of Canada has also invoked theQuarantine Actto further support protecting everyone's health and well-being during the COVID-19 crisis.

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been properly trained to respond to high risk incidents during this current health crisis. I can assure you that our officers are equipped with personal protective equipment that enables them, when necessary, to respond to the myriad of calls for service that we regularly see in Grey and Bruce County.

As this health care crisis continues to evolve, our policing personnel conduct regular screening measures during the course of their duties to identify potential risks of COVID-19. Members of the public entering our Grey Bruce OPP Detachments will be asked a few questions specific to those symptoms identified by public health experts in order to ensure everyone's safety and well-being.

I strongly urge all citizens, businesses and establishments tovoluntarily complywith all of the short-term restrictions that Governments have imposed. For allegations of non-compliance with theEmergency Management and Civil Protection Act, or any other non-emergency request for service, please call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. In case of an emergency, call 911. The OPP encourages the use ofOnline Reportingwhich enables responses to a large number of non-emergent requests by a police officer over the telephone.

"The Grey Bruce OPP values our partnerships with local Health Care Professionals, fellow First Responders and our local Municipal Governments as we respond together to this current crisis. We understand the impacts of COVID-19 on our area businesses and citizens. Going forward, with the emergency legislation, the OPP will apply discretion whether to launch any investigation or enforcement actions."

Acting Inspector Jennifer Ormsby, Grey Bruce OPP Detachment Commander

OPP EXECUTE WARRANT - STOLEN SHOTGUN RECOVERED

Wellington County OPP investigated a residential break and enter at a home on Wellington Road 50 in the Town of Erin that occurred on March 13, 2020.

Stolen property included a shotgun, handgun, jewelry, electronics and a coin collection. The home was equipped with a surveillance system which captured the suspect committing the offence and allowed police to later identify them.

On March 25, 2020, the Wellington County OPP Major Crime Unit, the Wellington County OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and the Caledon OPP CSCU executed a Criminal Code Search Warrant at a residence on Benadir Avenue in Caledon.Officers recovered a shotgun, and a coin collection that were stolen in the March 13thbreak-in. Additional stolen banking documents from another jurisdiction were also recovered.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect was bound by an Officer In Charge Undertaking which included a condition not to possess bank documents that were not obtained lawfully in their name nor did they possess a firearms licence.

As a result, Brandon Adrian CAREY, 26-years-old of Caledon has been charged with:

Break, Enter Dwelling House - Commit Indictable Offence

Unauthorized Possession of Firearm

Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by a Crime

Failure to Comply with Undertaking

Possession of Property Obtained by a Crime Under $5000

The accused was held for a Bail Hearing.

BREAK AND ENTER AT CONSTRUCTION SITE

Perth County Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a break and enter to a locked storage container at a construction site in Listowel.

Police were called to the Havelock Avenue South address just before 8:00 a.m. on March 26, 2020 after the break and enter was discovered. Sometime overnight, unknown suspects damaged the lock on the storage container and removed tools and equipment. Some tools were recovered nearby, but the thieves managed to steal one box of lights, valued at approximately $200.

TheOPPis continuing to investigate and is seeking assistance from the public. Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call theOPPat 1-888-310-1122 or report online atwww.opp.ca/reporting.

Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message athttp://hc-cs.cawhere you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL LCBO SHOPLIFT PROBE UNDERWAY

Thieves Targeting High End Bottles of Liquor

Huron County OPP is reaching out to the public to help crack open a case involving some active professional thieves that have a taste for some very high-end liquor and wine.

On March 6, 2020 around 7:42 p.m. two males entered into the LCBO in Goderich and together they proceeded to shoplift four bottles of 42-year-old Whisky and two bottles of 16-year-old Scotch.In total the stolen bottles of liquor are valued at $1,530.

Investigators have since linked the two persons of interest from the Goderich LCBO incident to at least20other similar thefts throughout Ontario over the last two years.

Some of the known LCBO locations that have been targeted by this team include:Fergus, Owen Sound, Collingwood, Kingston, Niagara, Parry Sound, Huntsville, Trenton, Ottawa, Guelph, Orangeville and Hawkesbury.

They have been targeting high dollar value scotches, whiskies, champagne and vintage wines.

STOLEN TRACTOR TRAILER RECOVERED

On March 24, 2020 at 2:46 a.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Owen Sound Police Service were dispatched to the theft of a transport truck and trailer from 9thAvenue East, Owen Sound.

Officers located the stolen truck jackknifed on Highway 6&10 south of Owen Sound, Georgian Bluffs in Grey County. A witness at the scene observed a person run from the stolen vehicle southbound and gave a description to police. Police patrolled the area and located and arrested the suspect driver on the property of a closed business in the area.

Grey BruceOPPwere assisted byOPPCanine Unit andOPPEmergency Response Team members.

Grey BruceOPPhave charged 31-year-old, Justin MONCKTON from Owen Sound, with the following offences,

Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, section 354(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada (CC)

Fail to Comply with Probation Order, section 733.1(1) CC

Theft of a Motor Vehicle, section 333.1 CC

Possession Break-In Instruments, section 351(1) CC

Two counts of Trespassing at Night, section 177 CC

Dangerous Operation, section 320.13(1) CC

Possession of a Schedule I Substance - Opioid, section 4(1) Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Fail to Remain, section 200(1)(a) Highway Traffic Act (HTA)

Fail to Report Accident, section 199(1) HTA

The accused was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on June 11, 2020.

Anyone with information that can assist Grey BruceOPPwith this investigation, call 1-888-310-1122.Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip atwww.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

CHARGE LAID IN STABBING INCIDENT

On March 24, 2020 at 8:25 a.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a domestic dispute at Victoria Street in Meaford.

A 44-year-old male, with injuries resulting from a knife and a 30-year-old, were found inside the residence.OPPofficers arrested the 30-year-old and the injured male was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

Grey BruceOPPhave charged a 30-year-old from Meaford with Aggravated Assault, section 268 Criminal Code of Canada.

Officers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the assault.

The accused was held for a bail hearing in Ontario Court of Justice on March 25, 2020.

Anyone with information that can assist Grey BruceOPPwith this investigation, call 1-888-310-1122.Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip atwww.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

STOLEN VEHICLE PASSESOPPCRUISER

On March 26, 2020 at 12:38 a.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) observed a (red) car travelling on Highway 10, south of Grey Road 40, Chatsworth in Grey County at a high rate of speed. The car passed theOPPcruiser and was located a short time later involved in a collision with a ditch on concession Road 2. The airbags in the vehicle had deployed and the occupants had left the collision scene.

The driver was located on foot near an area residence and was arrested. Two other involved males, passengers in the vehicle, were located walking on a nearby rail trail.

Grey BruceOPPhave charged the driver, 19-year-old Mathew HEIMBECKER from Haldimand County with the following offences,

Operation while impaired by alcohol, section 320.14(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada (CC)

Operation while impaired with blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), section 320.14(1)(b) CC

Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, section 320.13(1) CC

Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, section 355(a) CC

The accused was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on May 28, 2020.

Anyone with information that can assist Grey BruceOPPwith this investigation, call 1-888-310-1122.Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip atwww.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

STOLEN VEHICLE PASSESOPPCRUISER

On March 26, 2020 at 12:38 a.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) observed a (red) car travelling on Highway 10, south of Grey Road 40, Chatsworth in Grey County at a high rate of speed. The car passed theOPPcruiser and was located a short time later involved in a collision with a ditch on concession Road 2. The airbags in the vehicle had deployed and the occupants had left the collision scene.

The driver was located on foot near an area residence and was arrested. Two other involved males, passengers in the vehicle, were located walking on a nearby rail trail.

Grey BruceOPPhave charged the driver, 19-year-old Mathew HEIMBECKER from Haldimand County with the following offences,

Operation while impaired by alcohol, section 320.14(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada (CC)

Operation while impaired with blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), section 320.14(1)(b) CC

Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, section 320.13(1) CC

Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, section 355(a) CC

The accused was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on May 28, 2020.

Anyone with information that can assist Grey BruceOPPwith this investigation, call 1-888-310-1122.Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip atwww.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

WOMAN CHARGED FOR THEFT FROM GROCERY STORE

Shortly after noon on March 23 2020, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call from a grocery store located in the Municipality of North Perth when a female stole a full cart of groceries and fled from the store.

Staff at the store noticed the female shopper did not pay for her groceries, but instead proceeded out the exit. She then loaded the groceries into the trunk of a car, and was driven away from the scene. Police were provided with the licence plate of the vehicle and a description of the suspect, and were able to locate the vehicle and suspect shortly after.

Serina Anne RASSMAN, 41, of North Perth, was arrested and charged with:

Theft under $5000 contrary to Section 322(1) of the Criminal Code

The accused has been released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford, at a later date, to answer to the charges.

Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call theOPPat 1-888-310-1122 or online atwww.opp.ca/reporting.Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message athttp://hc-cs.cawhere you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

SEEK WITNESSES OF DANGEROUS BEHAVIOUR

Between 9:00 p.m. and midnight on Friday, March 20, 2020, a large group of unknown young people put drivers at risk by stringing plastic wrap across a bridge on Road 164 in the Municipality of West Perth.

The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received numerous calls from concerned citizens after vehicles travelling across the bridge drove through the plastic wrap. There were no injuries sustained due to the actions, and no vehicles were damaged. The group had left the scene prior to police arrival, and were last observed walking on Blanchard Street. Police are now seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspects.

The Perth CountyOPPis committed to public safety and crime prevention. Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call theOPPat 1-888-310-1122 or online atwww.opp.ca/reporting.Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message athttp://hc-cs.cawhere you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

YOUTH ACCIDENTALLY SHOT BY FRIEND

Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged a 15-year-old young person following a weapons investigation.

Police were contacted shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Saturday March 21, 2020 when an incident involving a group of young people playing with firearms in a field resulted in one young person being shot. One 14-year-old was injured during the incident, and attended the hospital with minor injuries.

A 15-year-old young person from the Municipality of North Perth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), has been arrested and charged with

- Careless Use of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device, or Ammunition contrary to Section 86(1) of the Criminal Code.

The accused has been released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford, at a later date, to answer to the charges.

The Perth CountyOPPis committed to public safety and crime prevention. Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call theOPPat 1-888-310-1122 or online atwww.opp.ca/reporting.Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message athttp://hc-cs.cawhere you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

METH SEIZURE

On March 24, 2020 at approximately 3:15 a.m. the Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated an individual on John Street in Mount Forest that was observed walking northbound after exiting the passenger side of a vehicle.

Police recognized them and knew that they were on conditions of a recognizance that included a curfew that they were breaching. The individual was arrested and methamphetamine was seized in a search incident to arrest.

Justin Jeremy LOZON, 33-years-old of Wellington North Township has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Failure to Comply with Release Order.The accused is scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice - Guelph on May 19, 2020 to answer to the charges on those charges.

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO IMPAIRED ARREST

On March 20, 2020, at approximately10:00 p.m., the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop of a white car as it arrived at a residence in the Municipality of North Perth.

During the course of the investigation, officers formed the opinion that the driver had consumed alcohol. A Roadside Screening Device test was conducted which resulted in a fail. The driver was arrested and brought to a localOPPoperations centre for further testing.

John Charles Bradley MATHERS, 42-years-old, of North Perth, has been charged with:

Impaired Operation - 80 Plus (mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood) contrary to the Criminal Code, and offences under the Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.

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 in Stratford to answer to the charge.

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.

RACING CHARGE

On March 20, 2020, at approximately 9:00 a.m., a Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was monitoring traffic and conducting radar on Wellington Road 109 near Wellington Road 16.The officer observed a silver motor vehicle travelling eastbound at a speed that appeared to be well above theposted 80 km/h speed limit. The vehicle was locked on radar inexcess of 150 km/h.

As a result, Kevin SIMICK, 48-years-old of Tay Township has been charged with Racing a Motor Vehicle contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The defendant is scheduled to appear in Guelph at the Ontario Court of Justice - Provincial Offences Court on July 15, 2020. Their vehicle and driver's licence were seized for a period of seven days as per statute.

OPPInvestigate After Second Home Destroyed by Fire in 12 Hours

Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to a residential fire on March 23, 2020 shortly before 5:00 a.m. This was the second residential fire in a 12 hour time period in the Municipality of West Perth.

Police and fire crews were on scene at Perth Road 180, between Line 39 and Line 42, in the Municipality of West Perth.

The residence was unoccupied at the time, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal has been contacted.

Emergency crews had just responded to a previous residential fire the night before, March 22, at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Perth Road 164 in the Municipality of West Perth. At this time, police do not believe the two fires are related.

Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call theOPPat 1-888-310-1122.Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message athttp://hc-cs.cawhere you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

OPPINVESTIGATE RESIDENTIAL FIRE

Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to a fully engulfed residential fire on March 22, 2020 shortly after 5:30 p.m.

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