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Six Persons Arrested - Stolen Vehicle, Seven Firearms and Stolen Property Recovered

Oct 31, 2017

October 31, 2017

INC#17-41833

The Brantford Police Service investigated an increased number of Break and Enter occurrences to residential properties in the month of October.  The BPS Street Crime Unit began an investigation into these reports.  On October 16, 2017 a vehicle was reported stolen from a residence on Passmore Court and believed to have been used during other break and enters.  On October 29, 2017 the stolen vehicle was observed by police parked in the area of Charlotte Street and Sheridan Street.  The vehicle was unoccupied at the time.  Members of the BPS Street Crime Unit set up surveillance on the stolen vehicle and shortly before 6:00 p.m. observed two of the accused exit a residence on Sheridan Street and attend to the stolen vehicle where they were arrested.  Officers then attended to the residence on Sheridan Street where four other individuals were located inside the residence and arrested as part of this investigation.  During the arrest accused #1 was found to be in possession of 5.47 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine with a street value of $820.50 along with over $3000.00 cash.  Accused #2 was found to be in possession of 0.34 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine ($50.00), 2.46 grams of marihuana ($25.00) and 4.02 grams of fentanyl ($1005.00).  The BPS Street Crime Unit secured the home while a warrant to search was sought.  On the morning of October 30, 2017 a search warrant was executed at the home and a large amount of property believed to be stolen was seized including seven firearms.  Investigation revealed that two of the firearms had been reported stolen.   Detectives from the Street Crimes Unit continue to investigate this incident and to identify the rightful owners of the seized property believed to have been taken from previous Break and Enters.  The Street Crimes Unit has been successful in matching up some of the seized property with its owners and been returned.  The Street Crimes Unit is seeking the public?s assistance in helping to identify several of the items seized which includes two gun safes and a number of vehicle and construction equipment keys.  If you believe you are the rightful owner of these items or have information relating to this investigation you are urged to call Detective Jeff Lawson of the BPS Street Crime Unit at 519-756-0113 ext. 2282 or jlawson@police.brantford.on.ca. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to make a report at www.cybertip.ca.

The following are the accused and there charges;

The accused Matthew Whitney TAYLOR 39 years old of Brantford is charged with the following offences:

1.     Theft of motor vehicle of the Criminal Code of Canada
2.     Possession of stolen property over $5,000 of the Criminal Code of Canada
3.     Break, enter, and commit of the Criminal Code of Canada
4.     Possession of stolen property under $5,000 of the Criminal Code of Canada
5.     Possession of break and enter instruments of the Criminal Code of Canada
6.     Possession for the purpose of trafficking - crystal methamphetamine of the
        Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 
7.     Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 of the Criminal Code of
        Canada
8.     Unauthorized possession of a firearm of the Criminal Code of Canada x7
9.     Knowledge of Unauthorized possession of a firearm of the Criminal Code of Canada
        x7 
10.    Possession of a firearm obtained by crime of the Criminal Code of Canada x2

The accused party Ian Thomas ERSKINE 30 years old of Brantford is charged with the following offences:

1.     Possession of stolen property over $5,000 of the Criminal Code of Canada  
2.     Break, enter, and commit of the Criminal Code of Canada 
3.     Possession of stolen property under $5,000 of the Criminal Code of Canada  
4.     Possession for the purpose of trafficking - fentanyl of the Controlled Drugs and
        Substances Act
5.     Possession of a Controlled Substance - marijuana of the Controlled Drugs and
        Substances Act 
6.     Possession of a Controlled Substance - crystal methamphetamine of the Controlled
        Drugs and Substances Act 
7.     Unauthorized possession of a firearm of the Criminal Code of Canada x7
8.     Knowledge of Unauthorized possession of a firearm of the Criminal Code of Canada
        x7
9.     Possession of a firearm obtained by crime of the Criminal Code of
        Canada x2
10.    Possession of firearm contrary to prohibition order of the Criminal Code of Canada
         x7

The accused party Summer Jolene SANDS 35 years old of Brantford is charged with the following offences:

1.     Unauthorized possession of a firearm x7
2.     Knowledge of Unauthorized possession of a firearm x7
3.     Possession of a firearm obtained by crime x2

The accused party Ashley Marissa ROBERTS 25 years old of Brantford is charged with the following offences:

1.     Unauthorized possession of a firearm of the Criminal Code of Canada x7
2.     Knowledge of Unauthorized possession of a firearm of the Criminal Code of
        Canada x7
3.     Possession of a firearm obtained by crime of the Criminal Code of Canada x2

The accused party Gabriel Maynard GREENE 19 years old of Brantford is charged with the following offences:

1.     Unauthorized possession of a firearm of the Criminal Code of Canada x7
2.     Knowledge of Unauthorized possession of a firearm of the Criminal Code of 
        Canada x7
3.     Possession of a firearm obtained by crime of the Criminal Code of Canada x2
4.     Possession of firearm contrary to prohibition order of the Criminal Code of
        Canada x7
5.     Breach Probation of the Criminal Code of Canada
6.     Possession of Controlled Substance ? marijuana of the Controlled Drugs and   
       Substances

The accused party Jason Anthony LAFORME 39 years old of Brantford is charged with the following offences:

1.     Unauthorized possession of a firearm of the Criminal Code of Canada x7
2.     Knowledge of Unauthorized possession of a firearm of the Criminal Code of Canada 
        x7 
3.     Possession of a firearm obtained by crime of the Criminal Code of Canada x2
4.     Possession of firearm contrary to prohibition order  of the Criminal Code of Canada
        x7
5.     Breach Recognizance of the Criminal Code of Canada.
6.     Breach Probation of the Criminal Code of Canada.

All the accused parties were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Crime Brief - October 30, 2017

Oct 30, 2017

Type:  Break and Enter - Arrest  
Incident: 17-41681
Location: Fairmount Avenue 
Incident: On Saturday October 28, 2017 just before 1:00 p.m. Brantford Police Service received a 9-1-1 call about a Break, Enter and theft.  The accused had entered the residence through an unlocked door and removed money from the wallet of the resident, a 95 year old male.  The accused was confronted inside the home by another family member and the accused fled the residence.  The family member after checking on the wellbeing of their elderly relative realized a theft had occurred and called police.  The family member searched the area for the accused, finding her a short distance away.  When confronted the accused assaulted the family member and fled the area.  Community Patrol Officers along with BPS K9 attended to the area where they conducted a search for the accused.  The accused was found in the area and arrested.  Shelly May Westcott a 45 year old Brantford woman is charged with Break, Enter and Commit and Assault.  The accused was held for a bail hearing. 

Type:    Domestic Assault - Arrest
Incident:  17-41757
Location:  Alfred Street
Incident: On Saturday October 28, 2017 just after 11:00 p.m. Brantford Police Service received a 9-1-1 call about a large group of people fighting and weapons were seen.  A group including the two accused parties had gone to an Alfred Street residence in order to confront another group.  While at the residence an altercation broke out between accused #1 and victim #1.  Accused #1 had jumped victim #1 and assaulted him several times.  Accused #2 pulled out a hammer and threatened the group that was at the residence and told them not to get involved and proceeded to hit victim #1?s vehicle causing damage.  During the altercation, accused #2 also tried to assault victim #1 but was stopped by people at the residence.  Accused #2 then produced what appeared to be a firearm and held it at his side.  Victim #1 was able to get free and run into the residence for safety.  A second victim who was previously involved in a relationship with accused #2 was assaulted while trying to prevent damage to the vehicle.  The accused fled the area with property belonging to the victim prior to police arrival.  Community Patrol Officers attended to the area where they located the victim and witnesses.  A search was conducted for the accused who were located a short distance away and arrested.  During the arrest police seized a knife and a pellet gun.  Victim #1?s property was recovered.  Accused #1 a 20 year old from Brantford man is charged with Assault and Possession of a Restricted Weapon.  Accused #2 a 20 year old man from Brantford is charged with Assault X2, Robbery, Mischief Under $5000.00, Uttering Threats and Possession of Weapons Dangerous.  Both accused parties were held in custody for a bail hearing.  To protect the identity of the victims the identities of the accused will not be released.      

Type:    Assault - Arrest 
Incident:  17-41790
Location:  Victoria Street
Incident: On Sunday October 29, 2017 just before 5:30 a.m. the Brantford Police received a call about a disturbance at a rooming house in Brantford.  The accused was confronted by the 48 year old male victim about ongoing issues within the residence and a verbal argument ensued.  During the altercation the accused brandished a knife and cut the victim.  The victim received minor lacerations to his arm and back.  The accused an 18 year old female from Brantford has been charged with Assault with a Weapon and Possession of Weapons Dangerous.  The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing.  

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Crime Brief - October 27, 2017

Oct 27, 2017

Type:    Break and Enter 
Incident:  17-41390
Location:  Old Farm Road
Incident: On October 26, 2017 a resident from Old Farm Road reported that their residence had been broken into.  Sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. unknown person(s) entered and ransacked the residence.  Reported taken was a television and electronics. 

Type:  Break and Enter  
Incident: 17-41453
Location: Hillcrest Avenue 
Incident: On October 26, 2017 a resident on Hillcest Avenue reported that their residence had been broken into.  Unknown person(s) entered the residence and took jewelry and electronics. 

Type:    Impaired
Incident:  17-41474
Location:  Brant Ave
Incident: On Friday October 27, 2017 just before 3:00 a.m. a Community Patrol Officer observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on Brant Ave.  A traffic stop was performed and the male driver was spoken to.  During the investigation the driver displayed signs of impairment and was issued a roadside demand. The driver failed the roadside screening device and was arrested for Operating a motor vehicle Over 80.  The accused was taken to the Brantford Police Service where he provided two samples of his breath as required by law. The accused readings were 2 times over the legal limit.  The accused a 25 year old Brantford man is charged with; Operate a Motor Vehicle Over 80.  The accused was released on a Promise to Appear with a future court date.  Further the accused licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.     

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Crime Brief - October 25, 2017

Oct 25, 2017

Type:    Break and Enter - Arrest 
Incident:  17-41052
Location:  Baxter Street
Incident: On October 24, 2017 just after 4:30 a.m. Brantford Police Service received a 9-1-1 call from a resident on Baxter Street about an unknown male in their back yard.  The resident had seen and scared off the unknown male from their rear yard and upon checking found a number of items that were stolen from a neighbours property.  Community Patrol Officers attended and searched the area on foot for the suspicious male.  Officers observed the accused as he exited a neighbouring garage.  An 18 year old male of no fixed address was arrested and is charged with Break, Enter and Commit X2 and Fail to Comply with Recognizance X2 under the Criminal Code, Fail to Comply under the Youth Criminal Justice Act and Possession of Control Substance under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act.  The accused was held for a bail hearing.    

Type:  Disturbance   
Incident: 17-41063
Location: Henry Street
Incident: On Tuesday October 24, 2017 shortly after 9:00 a.m. Brantford Police Service received a 9-1-1 call from employees at a business on Henry Street.  Employees reported a male was upset in the office and was threatening workers.  Community Patrol Officers attended and located the accused who was causing a disturbance inside the offices.  Investigation revealed no physical injuries to the employees.  Brendan Patrick Gosse 37 years old from Brantford has been charged with Utter Threats to Cause Bodily Harm and Breach of Probation x4.  The accused was release on a Promise to Appear with a future court date along with an Officer in Charge Undertaking with conditions.   

Type:    Break and Enter
Incident:  17-41178
Location:  Sandy Row
Incident: On October 24, 2017 a resident on Sandy Row reported that there residence had been broken into.  Sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. unknown person(s) entered the residence through a rear entrance.  Reported taken was tools and electronics.

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Man Arrested for Assault at Shallow Creek Park

Oct 24, 2017

As a result of a continued investigation the Brantford Police were able to identify the male involved in the assault in Shallow Creek Park that occurred on October 7, 2017.  On Wednesday October 18, 2017 Zachery Richard Ross 30 years old of Brantford was charged with Criminal Harassment and Assault.  The accused was released on a Promise to Appear and an Officer in Charge Undertaking with conditions with a court date of November 28, 2017.

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Oct 11, 2017

Incident#17-38757

The Branford Police Service is requesting the public?s assistance in identifying an unknown male who followed and assaulted a female in Shallow Creek Park. 

On October 7, 2017 shortly before 6:00 p.m. a 32 year old Brantford woman was sitting in Shallow Creek Park located at 5 East Avenue.  The victim had been sitting in the park waiting for friends when she was approached by an unknown male who engaged her in conversation.  The victim became uneasy with the conversation and began to walk away when she was followed by the suspicious male.  The male again engaged her in conversation and asked to borrow a lighter.  A short time later the male punched the victim in the arm.  The victim was able to leave the area and contacted the Brantford Police Service.  Community Patrol Officers attended and searched the area for the suspicious male but were unable to locate him.  The BPS is requesting the assistance from the public in identifying the male.

The subject male is described as a white male, in his 30?s, 5?10? ? 5?11? tall, with a medium build with dark hair shaved on the sides and longer on top, wearing a grey sweatshirt with a black t-shirt with red writing underneath, blue jeans and red running shoes. 

The BPS Major Crime Unit is currently investigating this incident and encourages anyone with information to contact Det. Darryl Graham of the Major Crime Unit at 519-756-0113 ext. 2206 or dgraham@police.brantford.on.ca or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.  

Crime Brief - October 24, 2017

Oct 24, 2017

Type:  Break and Enter   
Incident: 17-40940
Location: Tamara Place
Incident: On Monday October 23, 2017 a business located on Tamara Place reported their business broken into.  Sometime over the weekend unknown person(s) entered a fenced compound and stole a number of vehicle tires and rims. 

Type:    Motor Vehicle Collision
Incident:  17-40912
Location:  Paris Road and Golf Road
Incident: On October 23, 2017 shortly after 6:00 a.m. Branford Police Service attended at a call about a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Paris Road and Golf Road.  The BPS Traffic Unit is continuing their investigation into the collision and is requesting any witnesses who have yet to speak with officers to contact Cst. Jeremy Morton at 519-756-0113 ext. 2869 or jmorton@police.brantford.on.ca

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Driver Involved in Collision Pronounced Deceased at Hospital

Oct 24, 2017

Update

The Brantford Police Traffic Unit continues their investigation into yesterday?s collision on Paris Road at Golf Road.   The driver of the vehicle, a 32 year old Paris man who was transported to hospital on Monday morning with life threatening injuries, has succumb to those injuries.  Tyler James Hamments of Paris, Ontario was pronounced deceased at hospital on October 23, 2017.   

The roads remained closed throughout the day and into the evening, while BPS Traffic Unit reconstruction officers investigated the scene.  The barricades were removed and the roads reopened shortly after 8:00 p.m.     

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Previous Press Release

Oct 23, 2017

Type:    Motor vehicle Collision
Incident:  17-40912
Location:  Paris Road at Gold Road
Incident:   On October 23, 2017 shortly after 6:00 a.m. Branford Police Service attended at a call about a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Paris Road and Golf Road.  A transport truck and trailer had been travelling on Golf Road making a left hand turn onto Paris Road travelling south bound.  A vehicle was travelling north bound on Paris Road when it collided with the trailer portion of the transport.  As a result of the collision the vehicle became wedged underneath the trailer.  The Brantford Fire Department extricated a lone male driver from the vehicle.  Brant County Emergency Medical Services transported the male driver to hospital with life threatening injuries.  The driver remains in critical condition.  The male driver of the transport truck received no injuries and police remain onscene continuing their investigation.  The road is expected to remain closed for the next couple of hours. 

Crime Brief - October 23, 2017

Oct 23, 2017


Type:  Motor vehicle Collision
Incident: 17-40912
Location: Paris Road at Gold Road
Incident: On October 23, 2017 shortly after 6:00 a.m. Branford Police Service attended at a call about a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Paris Road and Golf Road.  A transport truck and trailer had been travelling on Golf Road making a left hand turn onto Paris Road travelling south bound.  A vehicle was travelling north bound on Paris Road when it collided with the trailer portion of the transport.  As a result of the collision the vehicle became wedged underneath the trailer.  The Brantford Fire Department extricated a lone male driver from the vehicle.  Brant County Emergency Medical Services transported the male driver to hospital with life threatening injuries.  The driver remains in critical condition.  The male driver of the transport truck received no injuries and police remain onscene continuing their investigation.  The road is expected to remain closed for the next couple of hours. 

Type:   Robbery
Incident:  17-40861
Location:  Market Street
Incident: On October 22, 2017 just before 7:00 p.m. the Brantford Police Service received a 9-1-1 call from a concerned citizen who witnessed an unknown male assaulting another person in the area of Market Street and West St.  Community Patrol Officers attended to the area where they located the victim and discovered that he had been assaulted and robbed of his cellphone.  Officers searched the area and located the accused in Victoria Park where he resisted arrest.  A 35 year old Brantford man is charged with Robbery, Obstruct Peace Officer and Fail to Comply with a Recognizance.  The accused was held for a bail hearing.     


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Crime Brief - October 20, 2017

Oct 20, 2017

Type:  Break and Enter   
Incident: 17-40373
Location: Webster Street
Incident: On Thursday October 19, 2017 between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. a residence on Webster Street was broken into.  Unknown person(s) broke into the residence through the front door and ransacked the house.  Taken from the residence was jewelry, money and a cellphone. 

Type:    Shoplifting
Incident:  17-40403
Location:  Clarence Street ? Shoppers Drug Mart
Incident: On Thursday October 19, 2017 shortly after 2:00 p.m. the accused attended to the Shoppers Drug Mart and was observed by employees selecting various colognes, opening the boxes and concealing the bottles.  The accused was then seen heading towards the exit doors where he exited without any attempts to pay for the concealed merchandise.  The accused was confronted by employees and the cologne was recovered.  Employees contacted the Brantford Police Service as the accused fled the area.  Community Patrol Officers attended to the area where the accused was located and arrested.  During the arrest the accused was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance.  
A 41 year old Brantford man has been charged with Theft Under $5000.00, Possession of a Controlled substance X2 and Breach of Probation.  The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing

Type:    Break and Enter
Incident:  17-40417
Location:  Park Road South
Incident: On Thursday October 19, 2017 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. a residence on Park Road South was broken into through a side entrance.  Unknown person(s) entered and ransacked the residence.  Taken from the residence were tablets and a gaming system.   

Type:     Break and Enter
Incident:  17-40437
Location:  Grey Street
Incident: On Thursday October 19, 2017 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. a residence on Grey Street was entered and items taken.  Unknown person(s) entered the residence through a rear door.  Reported missing from the residence was jewelry, money and prescription medication.

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Crime Brief - October 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017

Type:  Street Racing   
Incident: 17-40186
Location: Fairview Drive at North Park Street
Incident: On Tuesday October 17, 2017 at 10:39 p.m., a group of vehicles were observed gathered at the intersection of Fairview Drive and North Park Street.  These vehicles could be heard revving their engines, squealing their tires and a large cloud of smoke could be seen within the intersection.  Community Patrol Officers in the area observed vehicles from this group as they accelerated at a high rate of speed from the intersection down Fairview Drive. Traffic stops were performed on two of the vehicles involved.  The drivers a 22 and 21 year old both of Brantford have been charged with Street Racing, their vehicles were impounded and their driver licenses have been suspended for 7 days. 

Type:    Break and Enter
Incident:  17-40295
Location:  Passmore Court
Incident: On Wednesday October 18, 2017 between 1:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. a garage on Passmore Court was entered.  Unknown person(s) entered the garage and took a number of items including electronic equipment. 

Type:     Break and Enter
Incident:  17-40310
Location:  Marlborough Street
Incident: On October 18, 2017 just after 8:30 p.m. police received a 9-1-1 call from an alert neighbour on Marlborough Street.  A van was seen pulling up to a neighbours house and a male was then seen breaking in the front door.  The suspect male was inside for a brief period of time and came running out carrying items from the house.  Neighbours were able to obtain the licence plate for the vehicle before it fled the area.  Investigation revealed that the vehicle used in the Break and Enter had been reported stolen in the Brantford area.  Several items were reported stolen from the residence including jewelry and a computer.   

Type:    Impaired
Incident:  17-40319
Location:  West Street
Incident: On Wednesday October 18, 2017 just after 10:30 p.m. a Community Patrol Officer observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on West Street.  A traffic stop was performed and the male driver was spoken to.  During the investigation the driver displayed signs of impairment and was issued a roadside demand. The driver failed the roadside screening device and was arrested for Operating a motor vehicle Over 80.  The accused was taken to the Brantford Police Service where he provided two samples of his breath as required by law. The accused readings were 2 times over the legal limit.  The accused a 41 year old Brantford man is charged with; Operate a Motor Vehicle Over 80.  The accused was released on a Promise to Appear with a future court date. 

Further the accused licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.     


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