March 14 – 15, 2017 Incidents

Storm related occurrences

Brockville Police report only one minor collision over the past 24 hours during the latest winter storm. Yesterday morning officers attended the area of William Street at Eleanor for a minor collision involving two cars. There were no injuries as a result of the accident.

Officers were kept busy throughout the city during the storm, responding to 28 calls for service including assisting stranded motorists, and responding to business alarms during the evening and overnight hours which appear to have been set off by the winds from the storm.

 

Missing Person update: Marissa Steacy

Brockville Police are receiving calls from family members, friends, and members of the public and who have either seen or talked with Marissa in the Brockville area over the past couple of days. Police are still looking to speak with Marissa to check on her well-being and ensure she is in good health.

 

Fail to Attend Court

A 17 year old Brockville youth was arrested yesterday on an arrest warrant for failing to attend court. Officers spotted the youth walking in the city’s north end and knew he was wanted for the outstanding warrant. He was arrested without incident and brought to the Brockville Police Service where he was processed and released from custody on a Promise to Appear with a future court date.

 

Fraud Prevention Month Series: This week – Rental Scams

In this fraud scheme, the fraudsters create false classified as usually online for rentals in preferred locations. These ads often target seniors, single parents or students attending post-secondary education. The ads are often posted with a below average asking price to draw attention and get the quick sale, and the fraudster will give interested customers a questionnaire asking for personal information which may include banking information, personal contact information, occupation, and possibly even employment and income information.

The scammer will portray themselves as an out-of-town landlord who is looking for a good tenant to look after their property. Tours of the property are not available at the time of the ad but pictures will be posted in the online advertisement and scammers will indicate a full refund is available if the rental does not meet their satisfaction.

Once the offer is accepted, first and last month’s rent must be sent by the consumer to secure the property. Money is usually sent by email or wire transfer in exchange for the keys. The result is no keys are ever sent, there is no rental available.

Over the past year the Brockville Police have investigated two similar occurrences where victims lost approximately $1000 in each case and were able to lay charges in one of the occurrences. Prosecution can be very difficult as many times the deposit money is sent out of Canada

How to protect yourself:

  • When searching for rentals go to the property, schedule a showing and confirm its availability
  • Request a contract or lease and read through it
  • Do an internet search to ensure it is not a duplicate post
  • Do not send funds to strangers, especially if those funds are going outside of Canada
  • Always remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

RIDE Program Arrest – March 13, 2017

Brockville Police continued with our March break RIDE program last evening and once again resulted in a seizure of drugs.

At approximately 8:20 pm officers were set up on Parkedale Avenue near Stewart Blvd when a 34 year old Brockville woman approached the officers. The woman was known to police and it was learned that she had outstanding warrants for breaching her probation order. As a result she was placed under arrest under the authority of the warrant and while doing a search of her a quantity of Crystal Methamphetamine was located.

As a result she was conveyed to the Brockville Police Service where she was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Breach of Probation and released with a future court date.

 

March 12 – 13, 2017 Incidents

Shoplifters arrested

A 45 year old Brockville male and his 29 year old common law were arrested yesterday after being observed by Loss Prevention officers at the Real Canadian Superstore observed them leaving making no attempt to pay for the merchandise they had selected.

Staff at the store was able to get a licence number of the vehicle and a description of the occupants to the police who were able to locate it parked in front of Wal-Mart with the occupants inside. Further investigation revealed the male to be currently released from other charges on a recognizance of bail.

As a result both are now facing charges of theft under $5000. The male also faces an additional charge of breaching his recognizance. They have been released from custody and given a future court date.

 

Traffic Initiatives

Responding to concerns of area residents Brockville Police officers conducted radar and monitored speeds of vehicles at various times on Church Street over the weekend. Officers report that no one was stopped for speeding during their time in the area.

However, police do urge motorists to slow down in this busy residential area and watch for children especially now the school March Break has arrived.

Officers also conducted focused traffic enforcement in the Peden Boulevard and Bowie Street areas on Sunday. Responding to concerns raised from area residents, officers set up in the area from 12:15 until approximately 1:30 pm. Brockville Police warned two motorists during this time period, one for not wearing their seatbelt and another for rolling through the stop sign at the intersection.

 

Annual Police Auction-May 11, 2017

A date has been chosen for this year’s annual police auction. Thursday May 11th, 2017 at the Brockville Memorial Centre once again is the date for this year’s auction. Viewing of the items begins at 6pm with the auction scheduled to begin at 7pm.

Some items up for auction this year include a 1200 Watt Generator, New Canada Goose down-filled gloves and mitts, golf clubs and a bag, a variety of power tools, clothing and a variety of bicycles.

 

Cops Care for Kids

Tonight is the second and final night of 2017 of the annual Cops Care for Kids Fundraising event at Captain George’s on Park Street. Come to Captain George’s tonight between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm and be served your meal by your local Brockville Police officers.

Sixty per cent of all sales from the special menu go to support the Brockville Police Association’s Cops Care for Kids charity. This charity was created to send local children between 3-16 years of age, and having a serious illness or affliction and their families who have been nominated by members of the community to a special event of their choice in 2017.

March 9 – 10, 2017 Incidents

Warrants Executed

With the assistance of two neighbouring police services, the Brockville Police executed two arrest warrants and returned the persons to Brockville to face their charges.

Yesterday morning at 10am the Brockville Police were contacted by members of the Ottawa Police Service who were dealing with a 51 year old Merrickville woman whom Brockville Police held a warrant for failing to attend Provincial Offences Court. Arrangements were made with the Ottawa Police to meet them in Kemptville where the woman was transferred to the custody of the Brockville Police and conveyed to Brockville court.

At 1 pm yesterday the Brockville Police were contacted by the Kingston Police Service with regards to a 32 year old Kingston man they were dealing with who had an outstanding arrest warrant from Brockville for failing to attend court. Arrangements were made with the Kingston Police to meet in Gananoque to transfer custody of the accused who was conveyed to Brockville Court for a bail hearing.

 

Damage to Police Cruiser

A 17 year old Brockville youth attended to the Brockville Police Service just before 9pm last evening with a baseball bat and proceeded to smash out the rear taillight of one of the marked cruisers parked in the parking lot. Fortunately, two officers were in the front lobby of the station at the time dealing with victims in another investigation and were quickly able to apprehend the youth and bring him into custody.

While speaking with the youth it was learned that he had damaged two other vehicles enroute to the Police Station and as a result his parents were contacted and attended.

After speaking with the parents, it was learned they too were quite concerned about the boy’s behaviour and as a result he was released from custody with a future court date and conveyed to the Brockville General Hospital for examination and treatment.

 

March 8 – 9, 2017 Incidents

Arrest Warrant Executed

A 45 year old Brockville man was arrested yesterday morning for an outstanding bench warrant for failing to attend court.

While on patrol officers recognized the man walking along Parkedale Avenue in the area of Kesco Avenue whom they believed had outstanding warrants. Once the warrants were confirmed, officers approached the man and advised him of the outstanding warrants for failing to attend court on other charges and placed him under arrest. While arresting the male a struggle with police ensued and eventually he was taken into custody.

The man was held overnight at the Brockville Police station and will be appearing in Brockville court at 2 pm for a Bail Hearing.

 

Theft at Wal-Mart

Two Brockville men are facing theft charges as a result of attempting to steal groceries from the Wal-Mart department store on Parkedale Avenue.

Officers were called to Wal-Mart at 5 pm yesterday after the loss prevention officer observed a 55 year old and a 47 year old man select groceries from the shelves in the grocery area of the store. They were followed by staff while they exited the store and made no attempt to pay for the merchandise.

Outside they were arrested without incident and returned to the store where they were turned over to police. The two men were released at the scene and charged with theft under $5000 and given a future court date.

 

Public Intoxication

Early this morning Brockville Police were called to the Parkedale Avenue Tim Horton’s after staff there became concerned about a man behaving strangely inside.

Approximately 2:15 this morning officer attended the restaurant and located the 31 year old Brockville man in the bathroom of the restaurant. Staff had advised police he had been in the store causing a disturbance by yelling and screaming and in the bathroom banging around making a lot of noise. Upon speaking with the man, it was obvious he was well under the influence of alcohol.

As a result he was arrested for public intoxication and brought to Brockville Police headquarters where he was held until he was sober and released with a provincial offences notice.

 

March is Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud prevention month and the Brockville Police would like to advise the public of reports we have received this month of fraudulent schemes which have been reported:

Canada Revenue Agency scam is back.

Brockville Police are again receiving reports from local residents reporting they are receiving phone calls from callers pretending to be from the Canada Revenue Agency and claiming an audit has identified discrepancies from past years filed taxes and repayment is required immediately. The fraudster will threaten consumers that failure to pay will result in additional fees or worse the police will issue a warrant and arrest you. Fraudsters will request payment by a money service business or by pre-paid cards or gift cards.

Just a reminder to residents:

1)  Canada Revenue Agency uses registered mail to contact consumers
2)  Contact Canada Revenue first to confirm you owe back taxes.
3)  Never provide personal information over the phone. Ask who is calling and document the conversation
4)  Canada Revenue never requests payment by gift cards

 

Romance Scams

In general romance scams involve the victim and the fraudster meeting over a social media or dating site. The fraudster will gain the trust of the victim through various displays of affection. While the fraudster is usually located in a faraway country either working or serving in the military eventually they want to meet the victim in person. It is at this time, the fraudster will seek financial assistance of the victim either for travel costs or to get out of the country they are in. Other variations include; a medical emergency, car accident or family emergency in which they need financial assistance.

Some incidents have also occurred at the local level where the victims actually out on a date and meet the fraudster who gives a false name and the victim later finds money or jewelry stolen from their home in addition to being tricked out of their money.

Often these occurrences go unreported because the victim’s do not wish to come forward because they were tricked. The Brockville Police are currently investigating two such fraudulent scams from February and in one of these incidents, the victim lost almost $26 000.

Warning signs include:

1) Talking about a friend or loved in another country that is coming to visit and needs help
2) Mentions of Western Union or Money Gram
3)  Frequenting the bank more often and making unusual transactions
4) Large wire transfer to foreign countries

 

March 7, 2017 Incident

Unwanted Intoxicated Male

A 42 year old Brockville man was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication after police received a call yesterday afternoon at a downtown business of a customer refusing to leave.

Shortly after 2:00 pm yesterday the business owner contacted police to report a male inside their store well under the influence of alcohol and refusing to leave the store. When officers arrived to assist, they found the intoxicated male still inside the store, refusing to leave and being uncooperative with police and refusing to provide his name.

As a result he was placed under arrest for Public Intoxication, and conveyed to the Brockville Police Service where he was held until he was sober and released with a Provincial Offences Notice.

 

March 6 – 7, 2017 Incidents

Cops Care for Kids Fundraiser

It was another successful night at Captain George’s for the Brockville Police Association Cop’s Care for Kids Fundraiser. Officers were kept busy for the duration of the event serving tables, and taking orders at a packed Captain George’s.

The Brockville Police officers would again like to thank members of the community who continue to show their generosity by supporting local charity events. The second and final Cops Care for Kids Charity fund raiser will once again be held at Captain George’s next Monday night from 4:30 pm- 7:30 pm and look forward to seeing everyone there.

 

Shoplifter

A 44 year old Gatineau man was arrested yesterday morning around 11:30 am after a brief chase through the Superstore Parking Lot.

The man was observed by store security loading up on merchandise into a plastic shopping bag inside the store. He was observed leaving the store making no attempt to pay for the merchandise, and when security attempted to get him to return to the store a brief chase ensued. Police were notified and already in the area on another matter were able to arrest the man without incident and return him to the store. It was learned during the investigation the man was also on probation at the time.

As a result the man is now facing charges of Theft under $5000 and Breach of Probation and released from custody with a future court date.

 

RIDE stop

The Brockville Police RIDE program was out Monday evening and stopped 120 vehicles to check on driver’s sobriety. While no alcohol related offences were detected, the RIDE Program once again found 2 drivers in possession of marijuana.

At approximately 11:10 pm last evening the RIDE program was set up at the intersection of Stewart Blvd and Eleanor Street when officers stopped a north bound vehicle. An odour of marijuana was detected inside the vehicle and the 21 year old driver was cooperative with police and turned over the drugs he had in his possession. The driver was released with a warning and the drugs were seized for destruction.

A short time later at the same location police stopped a north bound vehicle with a 19 year old female driver, her 18 year old female and 20 year old male passengers inside. Once again, officers detected an odour of marijuana from inside the vehicle. Again, the occupants of the vehicle were very cooperative with police and the 18 year old female turned over a small quantity of marijuana to police for destruction. All three occupants were cautioned and released from the scene.

Brockville Police are reminding motorists of the dangers of driving while being impaired by drugs. It is an offence under the Criminal Code to be impaired by drugs and operate a motor vehicle and you can be arrested and face criminal charges. The Brockville Police and other police services in Ontario have Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officers to test and provide expert court testimony on drug impairment and offenders can face the same penalties at court as driver’s impaired by alcohol.

 

Unwanted Person

A 32 year old Brockville man is facing charges of Uttering Threats and Breach of Probation in relation to an incident early this morning.

Officers were called to a George Street residence at approximately 12:30 this morning after the 31 year old victim was awakened by loud banging at his front door. A verbal altercation occurred at the front door between the two males and police were contacted and attended. Investigation revealed the argument was over a relationship the victim was involved in and officers also learned the 32 year old was also on Probation. At the time of the incident he had also been drinking.

As a result the man was arrested and conveyed to the Brockville Police Station where he was held until he was sober and released with a future court date.

 

Captain George’s Fundraiser: Cops Care for Kids March 6, 2017

Captain George’s Fundraiser: Cops Care for Kids

The Brockville Police Association and Captain George’s have its first of two Cops Care for Kids Fundraising events tonight at Captain Georges from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Come to Captain George’s during this time and get served by your favourite police officer and 60% of all sales will go to the Cops Care for Kids charity run by the Brockville Police Association.

Please come out to Captain George’s tonight and enjoy a good meal, share a few laughs and donate to a worthwhile local charity.

March 3 – 5, 2017 Incidents

Traffic Initiative

Over the weekend, Brockville Police had a traffic initiative targeting red lights and speeders at high traffic intersections in response to concerns raised in the community.

On Friday morning from 11am to 12 pm officers set up at the intersection of North Augusta Rd and Reynolds Drive and were happy to report no infractions during this time period.

Saturday officers switched their focus to the Stewart Boulevard corridor and monitored the intersections at Central Avenue, and Front Avenue. Highway Traffic Act charges were issued for using a cellphone, and failing to surrender a driver’s licence. Officers also gave 2 warnings for amber light infractions.

On Sunday, patrol officers focused further north on Stewart Blvd at Parkedale Ave when 6 charges were laid under the Highway Traffic Act, 2 for speeding, 1 for an unsafe lane change, 1 for an unlicensed driver, 1 for not wearing a seatbelt and 1 for not having an insurance card.

Distracted driving continues to be a problem. Officers report seeing several other motorists on their cell phones, however they were unable to get them pulled because they were dealing with other vehicles at the time.

 

Arrest Warrant

A 41 year old Lyndhurst area man was arrested by Brockville Police Sunday afternoon for outstanding warrants from Gananoque.

Brockville Police recognized the male walking on Laurier Blvd Sunday afternoon and learned he had outstanding warrants from the Gananoque Police. He was stopped and arrested on the strength of the warrant and returned to Gananoque to face the outstanding charges.

 

Mischief

A 33 year old Brockville area man and his 32 year old brother are facing charges in relation to an alcohol fueled incident at 2-4-1 Pizza last evening.

At approximately 9:30 pm Brockville Police were called to 2-4-1 Pizza after the front door of the business was smashed as the pair entered the restaurant. Officers attended and located the pair well under the influence of alcohol. It was learned that the 33 year old was responsible for smashing the door and is facing charges of mischief as a result. His 32 year old brother is making charges of Public Intoxication under the Liquor Licence Act.