July 19 – 20, 2017 Incidents

Arrest in Shoplifting Investigation

A 47 year old Brockville man wanted in connection with an ongoing shoplifting investigation was spotted yesterday by officers as he entered Wal-Mart department store.

Constable Damian Willis was on patrol passing through the Wal-Mart parking lot at approximately 9:40 p.m. last evening when he spotted the man entering Wal-Mart. He confirmed the man was wanted by police in relation to a complaint received July 15th in relation to several shoplifting incidents in the downtown area.

As a result, the man was arrested for the downtown thefts and brought to Brockville Police headquarters where he was released on a Promise to Appear and given a future court date for the theft charges.


Impaired Driving Arrest

Early this morning, Brockville Police stopped a 34 year old Barrie man in his delivery van and found him to be impaired by alcohol.

Officers first spotted the vehicle on William Street and travelling northbound on Stewart Boulevard and turning onto the westbound ramp of the 401 where it was stopped because of his erratic driving. Upon speaking with the driver, the officer noticed an odour of alcohol on his breath and other signs of impairment. As a result, the man was arrested for impaired driving and taken into custody for breath tests to be administered, where he complied and had readings well over the legal limit permitted to drive.

The man issued a Promise to Appear with a future court date for charges of impaired driving, and driving with over 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.


Fraud Scams active again in the Brockville area

A couple of familiar scams are making reappearances in the Brockville area in July.

In another version of the Tax Scam, the potential victims receive a call from a scammer pretending to be a police officer threatening to come and arrest the victim for overdue taxes. If the victim is not home at the time, a message will be left to call a number back immediately or face incarceration.

Residents are urged to just hang up on the caller and not to provide any personal information. Should you have any questions about your Canada Revenue Agency Account contact them directly at 1-800-959-8281 or online at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/myaccount/.

Brockville Police have also received several complaints of the Rental Scam appearing in the area.

In the latest Brockville area version, a fraudulent classified ad has been taken out on Kijiji for a rental property within the City of Brockville. Potential renters are asked to fill out an application including many personal details such as banking details, contact information, and occupation. The scammer will also ask for a security deposit to secure the application for the rental property.

Before the potential victim learns the advertised property is not for rent, it is too late.

Potential renters are urged when searching to physically go to the address and schedule a showing time to confirm its availability prior to transferring any money or providing any personal information. Also to complete an internet search on the property to ensure it is not a duplicate post and never send funds to strangers. Remember if it seems too good to be true it probably is.

For more information on how to prevent yourself from being a victim of this scam please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/fraud-escroquerie/rent-location-eng.htm