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Police are Seeking the Assistance of the Public to Identify a Man in a Sexual Assault

Jun 24, 2016

On Thursday, June 23, 2016 at approximately 11:00 a.m., a woman was walking along Wellington Street between King Street and Queen Street when she was approached from behind by an unknown male, who grabbed her on her buttock.  The woman called out to the man in a loud voice and he quickly fled the area.  Community Patrol Officers were contacted and investigated.  The area was searched however the man was not located.

The man was described as white with tanned skin, 5’6” – 5’8”, skinny with short dark hair.  He was wearing a baggy t-shirt that was brownish/green, and pants. 

Police are continuing in their investigation.  Anyone who has information regarding the potential identity of the man or may have witnessed the event is urged to contact the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit at 519-756-0113.

BEING THE VICTIM OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT IS NEVER YOUR FAULT

• The Brantford Police encourages the public to be familiar of their surroundings.
• Before exiting your vehicle have a look around the outside area of your vehicle for anyone suspicious or strange.
• Have your keys in your hand in case you need to get back into your vehicle quickly.
• A crime can happen to anyone.
• Have your route planned and avoid taking short cuts along your route.
• Always let someone know where you are going, and the time you expect to reach
your destination.
• If you suspect you are being followed, cross the street and go to the nearest well-lit residence or business.
• Yell ‘fire’, ‘help’, or yell ‘call 911’ or ‘call police’. A criminal or ‘bad guy’ does not want attention drawn to themselves.
• Trust your suspicions and instincts, if you are sensing something is wrong- it most likely is.
• Further tips and crime prevention suggestions can be found on our website at www.brantfordpolice.ca

"Safety through the Protection of Persons, Property and our Environment”

Crime Brief - June 24, 2016

Jun 24, 2016

Type:               Fraud      

Incident #        16-22326

Date:               June 21, 2016

Location:         St. Paul Avenue (400 Block)

Incident:          On Tuesday, June 21, 2016 a woman attended a financial institution on St. Paul Avenue and cashed a cheque for a sum of money. Later it was determined by the institution that the cheque was fraudulent.  On Thursday, June 23, 2016 Community Patrol Officer were contacted and investigated the incident.  As a result, the 16 year-old Brantford woman was charged with Fraud and released on an Appearance Notice for a future court date.

 

Type:               Theft (Commercial)

Incident #        16-22369

Date:               June 23, 2016 

Location:         King George Road (300 Block)

Incident:          On Thursday, June 23, 2016 a man attended a business on King George Road.  He proceeded to select various items off of the shelves and place them into a shopping cart.  The man then left the store with the shopping cart and all the items without making any attempt to pay for them.  Community Patrol Officers were contacted and investigated the theft.  The man was arrested outside of the business without incident.  As a result, a 53 year-old Brantford man was charged with Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, and Breach of Probation.  He was held for a bail hearing.

 

 

 

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime

Stoppers at 519-750-TIPS or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a webtip may be submitted

at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

 

"Crime Prevention through Education andAwareness”

Police Seek Assistance in Identifying Man in Attempted Robbery - June 23, 2016

Jun 23, 2016

Police are Seeking the Assistance of the Public to Identify a Man in an Attempted Robbery

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at approximately 1:15 a.m. a woman attended the Brantford Charity Casino.  While walking through the parking lot, she was approached by a man who asked for directions.  While giving the directions, the man grabbed the woman’s purse and attempted to steal it from her.  The woman was able to maintain control of her purse and the man fled.  Community Patrol Officers were contacted and investigated.  

Through investigation, the following description was received of the suspect: a black man in his 20’s wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans and possibly tan sneakers.  He had a chain necklace hanging outside his t-shirt and wore a New York Yankees baseball hat.  He also had a blue cast with a blue sling on his right arm. 

The BPS is releasing a photograph of the male:

 

The Brantford Police Service is appealing to the public for anyone who can assist with identifying the suspect.  Anyone with information please contact Detective Jason Davis at 519-756-0113 ext. 2274. 

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a webtip may be submitted at: www.crimestoppers-brant.ca

 "Public Safety in Partnership with our Community”

Crime Brief - June 23, 2016

Jun 23, 2016

Type:               Break and Enter            

Incident #        16-22253

Date:               June 23, 2016

Location:         Clara Crescent (0-100 Block)

Incident:          Sometime between 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016 and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 a residence on Clara Crescent was entered through a side door that was forced open.  At the time of the investigation jewelry and electronics were reported stolen. 

 

 

 

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime

Stoppers at 519-750-TIPS or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a webtip may be submitted

at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

 

"Crime Prevention through Education andAwareness”

Street Crime Unit Arrest Three in Drug Investigation - June 23, 2016

Jun 23, 2016

On June 22, 2016, at approximately 4:00 p.m., members of the Brantford Police Street Crime Unit conducted a drug investigation which resulted in the arrest of 3 males in a vehicle near Devonshire & Lincoln Avenue.  Subsequent to arrest, the following was located and seized:

7.7 grams of cocaine with an approximate street value of $770
3 grams of heroin with an approximate street value of $1,000
23.7 grams of methamphetamine with an approximate street value of $3,450
20 oxycocet pills with an approximate street value of $100
4 x 30mg hydromorphone pills with an approximate street value of $240
And $960 proceeds of crime

As a result of the investigation:

A 24 year-old St. George man was charged with the following offences:
 
2 counts of Possession of a controlled substance
1 count of Breach of Probation
He was released on a promise to appear for a future court date.

A 24 year-old Brantford man was charged with the following offences:
 
2 counts of Possession of a controlled substance
2 counts of Breach of Probation
He was released on a promise to appear for a future court date.

A 27 year-old Brantford man was charged with the following offences:
 
4 counts of Possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking
1 count of proceeds of crime
He was held for a bail hearing.


Anyone with information on any other drug-related activities is asked to contact the Street Crime Unit of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2286.

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

Crime Brief - June 22, 2016

Jun 22, 2016

Type:               Fraud     

Incident #        16-22071

Date:               June 21, 2016

Incident:          On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, the victim attempted to purchase an item off of the website cansellall.com.  The victim transferred a sum of money to an unknown person to purchase the item, however the item was never received.  On Tuesday, June 22, 2016 the victim contacted BPS who are investigating the incident. 

 

   Some Tips to Avoid Being Scammed

 

*If it seems too good to be true; it most likely is!

*Never give out personal information/credit card information to an unknown source over the telephone and/or unsecured email

* You can stop a telephone scam by hanging up

*When contacted about your personal accounts never click on a web link attached to the email to ‘verify’ or confirm’

*Be careful of anyone claiming to be out of country

*Be careful of anyone you do not know who is asking you to wire money – it is often not legitimate

*Ask potential rental properties for references of previous renters

*Confirm with family members or your bank before transferring any funds

*Only purchase items from reputable websites

*Never agree to give cash to anyone unknown to you in exchange for a cheque written to you by that individual

*Report suspicious activity to police, to protect others from being caught in a scam

*If you have been targeted by fraud, don’t be embarrassed, you are not alone. Report the incident to police.

Educate yourself by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website at www.antifraudcentre.ca

 

 

POLICE WARNING COMMUNITY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM AGGRESSIVE DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES TACTICS

 

The Brantford Police Service has received several concerning reports in regards to door

to-door sales persons using aggressive tactics and wish to remind everyone of the

importance of protecting oneself from being a victim.

 

Since the beginning of May, the Brantford Police Service has received approximately 11

calls for service regarding various door-to-door sales companies using aggressive tactics

in order to sell their products.  This has included pushing their way in the residence and

claiming that the home owner must allow them to look at water heaters, furnaces, air

conditioning units, etc.

 

When you open your door to a salesperson, remember:

 

  • If you ask a salesperson to leave, they must leave right away. If you feel unsafe, call local police
  • Ask for photo ID and get the name of the person and the business
  • Never share personal information (For example, an electricity or gas bill)
  • Look at the company name on the salesperson’s business card and promotional material and see if it matches the company name on the proposed contract
  • Do not rely on a salesperson’s opinion that your water heater is unsafe or should be replaced
  • Local utility companies, municipalities, government agencies or regulatory organizations don’t send salespeople door-to-door 
  • You do not have to sign a contract at that time
  • Report suspicious activity to police, to protect others from being caught in a scam
  • If you have been targeted by fraud, don’t be embarrassed, you are not alone. Report the incident to police.

 

 

POLICE WARNING COMMUNITY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM CRA SCAM

 

The Brantford Police Service has received numerous telephone calls in the last couple days from community members reporting of attempt frauds. The fraudsters are randomly telephoning citizens posing as investigators from Revenue Canada. We wish to alert the community and remind everyone of the importance of crime prevention and fraud education. 

 

The common theme with this scam is that caller identifies himself as an investigator with Revenue Canada and reports that the victim has failed to respond to numerous communications from CRA and they now have limited time to pay a debt owed to the government or risk going to jail. The fraudster uses aggressive tones and high pressured tactics to scare the victim into transferring money to an account. 

 

If you receive a telephone call like this, HANG UP, and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or   http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index.shtm  

 

Educate yourself by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website at www.antifraudcentre.ca

 

If you have already sent funds and/or your personal information contact the police and your financial institution immediately. If you believe that you have been a VICTIM OF FRAUD and reside in the City of Brantford, contact the Brantford Police Service at 519- 756-7050.

 

 

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime

Stoppers at 519-750-TIPS or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a webtip may be submitted

at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

 

"Crime Prevention through Education andAwareness”

Crime Brief - June 21, 2016

Jun 21, 2016

Type:               Assault              

Incident #        16-21901

Date:               June 20, 2016

Incident:          On Monday, June 20, 2016 at approximately 9:15 a.m. a man attended his parents’ residence and began arguing with his father. The father told the man to leave and the man picked up a metal BBQ spatula and jabbed it at his father, striking him on the chin.  He then struck his father in the stomach.  The father attempted to leave and the man told him that if he contacted the police, he would kill him.  The father was able to leave the residence and contacted Community Patrol officers who investigated.  On Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at approximately 1:30 a.m. a neighbour contacted BPS to advise that the man had returned to the residence.  Community Patrol Officers attended and arrested the man without incident. As a result, a 23 year-old Brantford man is charged with Assault, Assault with a Weapon, and Uttering Threats. He was held for a bail hearing.     

                       

Type:               Theft of Vehicle            

Incident #        16-21928

Date:               June 20, 2016

Location:         Victoria Street (0-100 Block)

Incident:          Sometime between 12:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016 a grey GMC Jimmy was reported stolen from a driveway on Victoria Street.   

                       

Type:               Theft of Vehicle            

Incident #        16-21986

Date:               June 20, 2016

Location:         North Park Street (200 Block)

Incident:          Sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016, a grey Chevrolet Avalance was stolen from a parking lot on North Park Street.

 

 

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime

Stoppers at 519-750-TIPS or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a webtip may be submitted

at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

 

"Crime Prevention through Education andAwareness”

Crime Brief - June 20, 2016

Jun 20, 2016

Type:               Arrest    

Incident #        16-21569

Date:               June 17, 2016

Location:         Paris Road (100 Block)

Incident:          On Friday, June 17, 2016 at approximately 5:45 p.m. while on routine patrol, a Community Patrol Officer observed a woman operating a vehicle on Paris Road who was known to have an outstanding warrant for her arrest for failing to attend court.  A traffic stop was conducted and the woman was arrested without incident. As a result, a 38 year-old Brantford woman was charged with Failing to Attend Court, Fail to Comply with Recognizance, and 4 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  She was held for a bail hearing.         

                       

Type:               Mischief            

Incident #        16-21616

Date:               June 18, 2016

Location:         Washington Street (0-100 Block)

Incident:          On Saturday, June 18, 2016 at approximately 1:45 a.m. a man was drinking alcohol in his friends’ residence on Washington Street. The man began to cause problems and was asked to leave.  He became angry and punched two holes in the wall.  Once outside the house, he picked up a shovel and smashed out a window. Community Patrol Officers were contacted and investigated.  The man was located a short distance away and was arrested without incident.  As a result, a 20 year-old Brantford man was charged with two counts of Mischief.  He was released on an Appearance Notice for a future court date.     

                       

Type:               Domestic Dispute         

Incident #        16-21635

Date:               June 18, 2016

Location:         Sheridan Street (100 Block)

Incident:          On Saturday, June 18, 2016 at approximately 8:30 a.m., a man and a woman who are in a relationship, returned home after a night of drinking alcohol.  Once home, they began having a verbal dispute.  The dispute escalated and the woman began to leave the residence to allow things to calm down.  As she was leaving, the man threw a ceramic pot at her.  The pot missed the woman and shattered on the ground.  The woman then began to run away from the residence and was pursued by the man.  The man caught up to the woman and tackled her to the ground.  He then began punching her in the head and leg.  The man grabbed the woman by the hair and the collar and pulled her up to her feet.  Community Patrol Officers were contacted by witnesses and attended the area. The man was located and arrested. As a result, an 18 year-old Brantford man was charged with Assault, Assault with a Weapon, Mischief, and Fail to Comply with Recognizance.  He was held for a bail hearing.  The woman did not require medical attention.   

 

Type:               Domestic Dispute         

Incident #        16-21748

Date:               June 19, 2016

Location:         Helen Avenue (0-100 Block)

Incident:          On Sunday, June 19, 2016 at approximately 1:45 a.m. a man and a woman who are in a romantic relationship, returned home after a night of consuming alcohol.  The two began to have a verbal dispute which escalated and the man kicked the woman which caused her to fall and strike her back and shoulders off of the bathroom tub. The woman moved to the bedroom where the man began choking her.  She was able to get away and contact a family member by phone.  While on the phone, the man started choking the woman again.  He took the phone away from her and threw it into the toilet.  Community Patrol Officers were contacted by the woman’s family member and investigated the incident.  As a result, a 31 year-old Brantford man was arrested and charged with Assault, Mischief, Intimidation, Choking, and Resist Arrest.  He was held for a bail hearing.  The woman attended the hospital for treatment for minor injuries. 

 

 

 

 

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime

Stoppers at 519-750-TIPS or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a webtip may be submitted

at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

 

"Crime Prevention through Education andAwareness”

Crime Brief - June 16, 2016

Jun 16, 2016

Type:               Theft     

Incident #        16-21005

Date:               June 13, 2016

Location:         Bolster Road (0-100 Block)

Incident:          On Monday, June 13, 2016 at approximately 2:10 a.m., three men entered an unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway of a residence on Bolster Road and stole bank cards from a wallet.  The men then attended several locations and used the cards to make unauthorized purchases.  Community Patrol Officers were contacted and investigated the incident. Through investigation, police were able to determine the identity of the men.  As a result, on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, a 20 year-old Brantford man was arrested and on Wednesday June 15, 2016, a 16 year-old Brantford man, and a 19 year-old Brantford man were arrested.  They each were charged with ten counts of Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card, two counts of Theft of a Credit Card, and one count of Theft from a Motor Vehicle. They were released on a Promise to Appear for a future court date.        

  

                       

Type:               Theft     

Incident #        16-21215

Date:               June 15, 2016

Location:         King George Road (100 Block)

Incident:          On Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at approximately 10:30 a.m., a man attended a business on King George Road and selected an item before leaving the store without making any attempt to pay for it. Community Patrol Officers were contacted and investigated.  Through investigation, they were able to determine the identity of the man. Furthermore, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m. while police were looking to locate the man, he was driving a vehicle on Abigail Avenue.  He attended a residence and stole a garden gnome from the front lawn. Community Patrol Officers were once again contacted and investigated.  The man was located and arrested without incident.  As a result, a 46 year-old Brantford man is charged with Theft x’s 2.  He was held for a bail hearing.

                       

Type:               Impaired Driving          

Incident #        16-21284

Date:               June 16, 2016

Location:         Bridge Street

Incident:          On Thursday, June 16, 2016 at approximately 1:45 a.m., a Community Patrol Officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle on Bridge Street driving in an erratic manner.  A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed signs of impairment. The driver was subsequently arrested for impaired driving.  The accused was taken to the Brantford Police Service where he provided samples of his breath as required by law.  The results were 198 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood and 193 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.  The legal limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.  The accused, a 23 year-old Burford man was charged with Impaired Driving and Over 80 mg, and was released on a Promise to Appear for a future court date. The vehicle was impounded for a mandatory seven day seizure. 

 

 

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime

Stoppers at 519-750-TIPS or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a webtip may be submitted

at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

 

"Crime Prevention through Education andAwareness”

BPS Host First Firearm Amnesty Program

Jun 16, 2016

June 16, 2016

Brantford Police Service’s First Firearms Amnesty Program a Huge Success

Between June 11 and June 14, 2016, the Brantford Police Service held its first firearms amnesty
program which was extremely well received.  The program was designed to allow citizen’s to turn
in any unwanted weapons, ammunition, replica firearms, or pellet guns. This would reduce the
number of firearms in the city and prevent the risk of having them stolen from a residence and
used for a criminal purpose.

During the course of the amnesty, 15 hand guns or replica hand guns, 42 rifles or shot guns, 2104
round of ammunition, and 8 other items which would include cross bows, bows, pepper spray, batons
and prohibited items such as brass knuckles, were turned over to the Brantford Police Service.  This
accounted to 42 calls for service.

"I am extremely ecstatic with the result of the amnesty program and support from the community.  The program has exceeded our expectations in every way.  The community is now safer because these guns and weapons are off of the street.” said Constable Shannon Parks.   "Due to the overwhelming response received from the community, the amnesty will continue for a few more days”. 

Anyone wishing to still turn over a firearm must contact Constable Parks directly to schedule an appointment.  This can be done by calling 519-756-0113 ext 2875 and leave a message or use the email at firearms@police.brantford.on.ca.  "We want to make sure that we are following proper procedure and ensure that the correct policies are being adhered to.  Anyone who doesn’t make an appointment may not be protected by the limited immunity of the amnesty program” said Constable Parks. 

Citizens are NOT to bring these items to a police facility.
"Please do not bring unwanted firearms/ammunition to the police station.  We will come to you and retrieve the guns and ensure that they are safe for transportation by trained officers”, said Constable Parks
The amnesty provides people with "limited immunity” from certain possession and storage offences. "This is not an amnesty to criminals,” Inspector Dave Wiedrick said. "Those guns will be examined in case they have any forensic issues attached and then they are destroyed.”
In most cases, the guns and ammunition collected will be destroyed.  In rare cases in which a firearm with historical significance is surrendered, the Centre of Forensic Sciences will be contacted to determine what to do with it.
 Any firearm collected during the amnesty that’s found to have been involved in a crime will be held for further investigation.

 


PREVIOUS MEDIA RELEASE
If you’re wondering what to do with that old Luger pistol that grandpa brought home from the Second World War or that shotgun collecting dust in a locker in your attic, now is your chance to get rid of them safely. Brantford Police Service are announcing a four day Spring Firearms Amnesty Program.  Constable Shannon Parks approached Chief Nelson with the idea in April about conducting the first firearm amnesty for residents of Brantford.  "Our intent is to reduce the number of firearms in our city that are not being actively used by either sportsmen or hunters,” said Constable Shannon Parks (The officer spearheading this program).
The Brantford Police Service is conducting the amnesty to get unwanted handguns, rifles, ammunition, air guns, replica guns, and weapons off the streets of Brantford.
 In the attempt to further enhance public safety, the Firearms Amnesty Program provides law- abiding citizens a safe opportunity to turn in unwanted firearms and ammunition for destruction.  The amnesty extends to all firearms including: handguns, long arms, and non-restricted, restricted, prohibited weapons, any unwanted items including cross bows, bows, pepper spray, batons and prohibited items such as brass knuckles.
Citizens are also encouraged to turn in any unwanted weapons, ammunition, replica firearms, or pellet guns that could be used in a criminal offence.
 Often times, hunting rifles, shotguns, and antique firearms are inherited by family members who are looking for a safe method of disposal.  The Firearm Amnesty Program will assist persons wishing to clear such firearms, weaponry, and ammunition from their residence in a safe manner.  Inspector Dave Wiedrick (Inspector i/c Investigative Support) said the program is an effective strategy for families to protect themselves from guns and also prevent the danger of break-ins where guns could be stolen and used for crime. "Removing unwanted guns will reduce the risk of having firearms stolen from your resident that will eventually then fall into the hands of people who will use the gun for a criminal purpose."

From Saturday June 11 to Tuesday June 14, 2016 people turning in any type of firearm over to the police will be able to do so without any handling or storage charges being laid.
Citizens who wish to participate in the program are to contact the Brantford Police Service non-emergency line 519-756-7050 and ask for "Communications” to make arrangements for a safe pick-up from the hours of 7:30am to 4:00pm on one of the four dates.  As well, an email account has been created that persons can arrange a pickup time and receive confirmation via email at firearms@police.brantford.on.ca
Anyone with information related to illegal firearms can contact Brant Crime Stoppers at 519-750 (TIPS) 8477.

 

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