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Crime Brief - January 31, 2018

Jan 31, 2018

 
Type:  Drive While Suspended
Location: Park Avenue 
Incident:   On Tuesday January 30, 2018 at around 10:30 p.m. a vehicle was observed failing to stop for a stop sign at Park Avenue and Dalhousie Street. The community Patrol Officer conducted a traffic stop with the male driver. Investigation revealed that the driver was a suspended driver. In November 2017 the driver was charged with failing to provide a breath sample contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada and his driver?s licence was suspended for three months. As a result of the driver being suspended the vehicle being driven was impounded for a mandatory seven day duration. The accused, a 23 year old Brantford man was charged with driving while under suspension and disobey stop sign-fail to stop contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.  

Type: Impaired Driving
Location: King George Road 
Incident:   On Tuesday January 30, 2018 at around 4:30 p.m. a woman who appeared to be intoxicated was refused service at the LCBO on Lynden Road. Employees from the store observed the woman leave the area in a Chevrolet vehicle and also observe the vehicle run over a curb on the parking lot. Witnesses were able to obtain a partial licence plate and provide a description of the driver. Community Patrol Officers searched the area and one officer attended in the area of the LCBO on King George Road and located the vehicle and driver. The driver was issued a demand to provide to provide a sample of her breath by the roadside into an approved screen device. The results were a fail and the accused was arrested and transported to the Brantford Police Service where a demand to provide two samples of her breath which is required by law was given. The accused, a 22 year old woman from York is charged with refusing to provide a breath sample contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada and was released with a future court date. 
 
 


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Fraud Alert - Update

Jan 30, 2018

 A Kitchener Man Comes Forward After Reading an Expositor News Article 
 

On Monday January 29, 2018 a 24 year old Kitchener man attended the Brantford Police
Service to report being the victim of a fraud. The victim advised that he had found a
home on Port Street, Brantford to rent on Kijiji and sent $1,100.00 in order to secure the
rental home. The victim advised that afterwards he had read the Expositor news article
where the Brantford Police Service was warning the public regarding a rental scam.

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Previous Media Release

 January 26, 2018

Three Brantford individuals? answered a home rental advertisement which turned out to be a scam.   

A Brantford man answered an advertisement on Kijiji about renting a home on Port Street, Brantford.  The victim, a 46 year old Brantford man contacted a woman who advised that she was renting her home out because she had recently moved after her husband had been promoted and transferred quickly to a location in North Bay. The victim was told that first and last month rent, which was $1,000.00 per month all-inclusive was required first and then she would send him a package containing the keys, rental agreement and rent receipts. The victim advised that he couldn?t afford first and last month?s rent at once, however advised that he could pay several payments of $500.00. The victim was directed to e-transfer $500.00 to an email address. The next day the victim transferred another $500.00 to the email address. On this day the victim happened to be driving by the Port Street home and noticed a vehicle parked in the driveway and knocked at the door.  A woman answered the door advising that the house was not for rent and that she was the legitimate owner of the home and did not advertise on Kijiji to rent the home.
A 58 year old Brantford woman answered the same advertisement on Kijiji and requested to have a viewing of the home before any payment was exchanged. The woman was told by the fraudster that she needed to fill out the application and send money first. The woman attended the home to check out the property and was surprised to learn that the home was not for rent and contacted the Brantford Police Service.
A 47 year old Brantford man also answered the advertisement on Kijiji regarding the Port Street rental and spoke to the fraudster who provided the exact story as the others who answered the Kijiji advertisement. The victim e-transferred $500.00 to an email address provided to him to secure the home. The victim also attended the home to check out the property and learned that he was the victim of a fraud and contacted the police. The advertisement had since been removed and the Brantford Police Service Fraud Unit are investigating. 

It?s never a good idea to send money to someone you?ve never met in person for an apartment or house you haven?t seen. If you can?t visit an apartment or house yourself, ask someone you trust to go and confirm that it?s for rent, and that it is what was advertised. In addition to setting up a meeting, do a search on the owner and listing.

Protect yourself from fraud, do your homework!

*Request and insist to physically view the rental unit prior to forwarding a deposit. (Scammers will make up a story that they are oversees or had to move quickly but in fact they do not own the property listed)
*Be cautious of rental rates that are below the current market rate
*Be cautious of someone who is willing to rent their property to you without meeting you in person or doing a background check on you.  
*Be cautious of a landlord requesting a security deposit before sending you a key.
*It?s never a good idea to send money to someone you?ve never met.
*Remember wiring money is the same as giving someone cash ? once you send it, its gone.
 
 

Educate yourself by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre?s website at www.antifraudcentre.ca or Canada Revenue Agency 


 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. If you have received a telephone call however have not been fallen the victim of this fraud again please report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or   http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index.shtm

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Crime Brief - January 30, 2018

Jan 30, 2018


Type:  Recovered Stolen Vehicle
Location: Sydenham Street 
Incident:   On Monday January 29, 2018 shortly before 8:00 a.m. a citizen observed a vehicle parked in a no parking zone area at a private lot on Sydenham Street. The citizen believed the vehicle appeared sometime overnight. A Community Patrol Officer found that the abandoned vehicle, a Dodge Ram pickup had been reported stolen to Oxford OPP.  

Type: Theft from Motor Vehicle
Location: Jamieson Court
Incident:   On Monday January 29, 2018 it was reported that sometime overnight unknown person(s) stole a black tri-fold Tonneau truck bed hard cover from a dodge pickup truck.  

Type: Break and Enter - Residential
Location: Grey Street
Incident:   On Monday January 29, 2018 it was reported that sometime over the weekend a door was kicked in and entry gained to a residence on Grey Street. Amongst the items reported stolen were an IPhone, IPad and video games. 

Type: Break and Enter - Residential
Location: Waterloo Street
Incident:   On the afternoon of Monday January 29, 2018 unknown person(s) forced their way into a home by kicking in a door. A bottle of wine was reported stolen.

Type: Impaired Driver
Location: King George Road
Incident:   On Monday January 29, 2018 shortly before 7:00 p.m. an alert citizen telephoned the Brantford Police Service to report a possible impaired driver. The citizen had observed a red SUV driving aggressively and hit a median several times.  Community Patrol Officers observed the vehicle parked on a lot on King George Road. The male driver displayed signs of impairment and was arrested for Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle. The accused was taken to the Brantford Police Service where he provided samples of his breath. The accused readings were 2 ? times over the legal limit.  The accused a 31 yr old Brantford man is charged with; Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle While Impaired and Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle over the Legal Limit. Further the accused licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days
 
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: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

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Crime Brief - January 29, 2018

Jan 29, 2018

Type:  Assault with Weapon
Incident: 18-3516
Location: Colborne Street East
Incident:   On Saturday January 27, 2018 just before 1:00 a.m. Brantford Police Service received a 9-1-1 call from employees from an Establishment on Colborne Street East.  Employees were dealing with a disruptive patron who had been removed.  Once outside the patron pulled a knife and cut one of the employees and wanted to fight.  The employee received non-life threatening injuries.  Employees and other bystanders subdued the male until police arrived.  Community Patrol Officers attended and arrested the male without incident.  Christopher Pappas a 68 year old Brantford male is charged with Assault with a Weapon and Possession of Weapons Dangerous under the Criminal Coe.  The accused was released on a Promise to Appear with a future court date along with an Officer in Charge Undertaking with conditions.        

Type:  Suspicious Person
Incident: 18-3677
Location: Brennan Street and Garden Ave.
Incident:   On Sunday January 28, 2018 just after 4:30 a.m. Brantford Police Service received a call from a concerned citizen.  An unknown male was observed going up and down driveways and looking into vehicles on Brennan Street and Garden Ave.  Community Patrol Officers attended to the area and located a male matching the description.  Upon speaking to the male it was discovered that he was in possession of pliers and a flashlight.  He was also in possession of mail belonging to several addresses in the area.  A mailbox was located nearby that had been damaged and tampered with.  Further investigation revealed that the male was also bound by four court orders.  The accused was also found to be in possession of .1 gram of crystal methamphetamine.  Dustin Raymond Boychuk 34 years old from Brantford is charged with Theft Under $5000.00 x4, Possession of Stolen Property Under $5000.00 x4, Possession of Break and Enter Instruments, Trespass at Night, Mischief To Property Under $5000.00, Fail to Comply with Recognizance Order x3 and Breach of Probation under the Criminal Code.  He is also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (crystal methamphetamine under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.  The accused was held for a bail hearing.         

Type:  Suspended Driver 
Incident: 18-3756
Location: Colborne Street and Clarence Street
Incident:   On Sunday January 28, 2018 just before 7:00 p.m. Community Patrol Officers observed a GMC Sierra Pickup being operated on Colborne Street with improper license plate lighting.  Information received was that the owner of the vehicle was also a suspended driver.  A traffic stop was performed and officers spoke to the driver.  Investigation confirmed that the driver?s license was suspended.  The driver was also unable to provide valid insurance for the vehicle.  The driver a 23 year old Brantford man is charged with Drive While Under Suspension and Improper Number Plate Light under the highway Traffic Act of Ontario and Operate Motor Vehicle No Insurance under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. 
    
Type:  Break and Enter 
Incident: 18-3781
Location: Market Street
Incident:   On Monday January 29, 2018 just after 12:30 a.m. Brantford Police Service received a 9-1- call from a resident on Market Street.  An unknown person had just broken into their residence and fled out a window when confronted by the owner.  Community Patrol Officers attended and searched with area.  Nothing was reported taken at the time of the report. 

Type:  Stolen Vehicle 
Incident: 18-3787
Location: Sinclair Blvd
Incident:   On Monday January 29, 2018 just before 2:00 a.m. Community Patrol Officers located a stolen vehicle in a parking lot on Sinclair Blvd.  The vehicle a GMC Sierra Pick-up truck had been reported stolen by the Ontario Provincial Police on January 25, 2018 from the Stoney Creek area.  Officers attended to the vehicle to identify any occupants when the vehicle suddenly rammed into the police cruiser and fled the area in a dangerous manner.  The vehicle was last seen getting onto Highway 403.        
         
            

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Three Arrests Made In Home Invasion on Darling St.

Jan 29, 2018

Update:

On Friday January 26, 2018 at approximately 3:40 p.m. Brantford Police Service received a 9-1-1 call from residents at a Darling Street address. A group of unknown persons had broken into the residence and began to assault people inside.

After a brief altercation inside the residence the suspects fled the scene. One suspect was detained at the scene by people inside and was arrested by police without incident. The residents received minor injuries as a result of the altercation. Community Patrol Officers searched the area where they located and arrested two other suspects involved.

A 16 year old Brantford male and a 17 year old Etobicoke male are charged with Break, Enter and Commit along with Assault. A 16 year old Brampton male is charged with Break, Enter and Commit, Assault and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. A knife was found on his person. All accused were released with a future court date with conditions.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Brantford Police Service Major Crime Unit 519-756-0113 or Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477.

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At approximately 4:40 p.m. on Friday January 26, 2018 Community Patrol members of the Brantford Police attended a disturbance in the 300 block of Darling Street. An investigation was commenced. Officers located three Young Persons in the area who were subsequently arrested. All three youths were charged with Break & Enter and Assault. There were no serious injuries and police do not believe that this is a random incident. The investigation is continuing.

Hit And Run Investigation

Jan 29, 2018

BR18003650

Just before 11:00pm on January 27, 2018 BPS officers attempted to stop a stolen 2004 GMC Sierra Pickup truck.  The truck failed to stop for police, and a pursuit was not initiated for public safety reasons.  Moments later, the truck lost control on Queensway Drive striking a fire hydrant and a hydro pole coming to rest on the front lawn of a residence on Queensway Drive.   One of the vehicles parked at the residence sustained major damage.  There were no reported injuries, but the occupants of the pickup truck fled the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this matter is requested to contact Constable Mark Baxter of the Brantford Police Traffic Unit at 519-756-0113 ext 2212 or mbaxter@police.brantford.on.ca

Disturbance on Darling Street

Jan 29, 2018

At approximately 4:40 p.m. on Friday January 26, 2018 Community Patrol members of the Brantford Police attended a disturbance in the 300 block of Darling Street.
An investigation was commenced. Officers located three Young Persons in the area who were subsequently arrested.  All three youths were charged with Break & Enter and Assault. There were no serious injuries and police do not believe that this is a random incident.
The investigation is continuing.

Fraud Alert

Jan 26, 2018

Three Brantford individuals? answered a home rental advertisement which turned out to be a scam.   

A Brantford man answered an advertisement on Kijiji about renting a home on Port Street, Brantford.  The victim, a 46 year old Brantford man contacted a woman who advised that she was renting her home out because she had recently moved after her husband had been promoted and transferred quickly to a location in North Bay. The victim was told that first and last month rent, which was $1,000.00 per month all-inclusive was required first and then she would send him a package containing the keys, rental agreement and rent receipts. The victim advised that he couldn?t afford first and last month?s rent at once, however advised that he could pay several payments of $500.00. The victim was directed to e-transfer $500.00 to an email address. The next day the victim transferred another $500.00 to the email address. On this day the victim happened to be driving by the Port Street home and noticed a vehicle parked in the driveway and knocked at the door.  A woman answered the door advising that the house was not for rent and that she was the legitimate owner of the home and did not advertise on Kijiji to rent the home.
A 58 year old Brantford woman answered the same advertisement on Kijiji and requested to have a viewing of the home before any payment was exchanged. The woman was told by the fraudster that she needed to fill out the application and send money first. The woman attended the home to check out the property and was surprised to learn that the home was not for rent and contacted the Brantford Police Service.
A 47 year old Brantford man also answered the advertisement on Kijiji regarding the Port Street rental and spoke to the fraudster who provided the exact story as the others who answered the Kijiji advertisement. The victim e-transferred $500.00 to an email address provided to him to secure the home. The victim also attended the home to check out the property and learned that he was the victim of a fraud and contacted the police. The advertisement had since been removed and the Brantford Police Service Fraud Unit are investigating. 

It?s never a good idea to send money to someone you?ve never met in person for an apartment or house you haven?t seen. If you can?t visit an apartment or house yourself, ask someone you trust to go and confirm that it?s for rent, and that it is what was advertised. In addition to setting up a meeting, do a search on the owner and listing.

Protect yourself from fraud, do your homework!

*Request and insist to physically view the rental unit prior to forwarding a deposit. (Scammers will make up a story that they are oversees or had to move quickly but in fact they do not own the property listed)
*Be cautious of rental rates that are below the current market rate
*Be cautious of someone who is willing to rent their property to you without meeting you in person or doing a background check on you.  
*Be cautious of a landlord requesting a security deposit before sending you a key.
*It?s never a good idea to send money to someone you?ve never met.
*Remember wiring money is the same as giving someone cash ? once you send it, its gone.
 
 

Educate yourself by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre?s website at www.antifraudcentre.ca or Canada Revenue Agency 


 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. If you have received a telephone call however have not been fallen the victim of this fraud again please report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or   http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index.shtm

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Crime Brief - January 26, 2018

Jan 26, 2018


Type:  Impaired Driving
Location: Charing Cross Street 
Incident:   On Friday January 26, 2018 shortly before 12:30 a.m. a concerned citizen telephoned the Brantford Police service to report a possible impaired driver. Community Patrol Officers observed a vehicle matching the description and conducted a traffic stop on Charing Cross Street.  The female driver displayed signs of impairment and was arrested for Impaired Driving. The accused was taken to the Brantford Police Service where she provided samples of his breath. The accused readings were 2 ? times over the legal limit.  The accused, a 26 yr old Hamilton woman is charged with;
Operate a Motor Vehicle While Impaired and Operate a Motor Vehicle over the Legal Limit. Further the accused licence was suspended for 90 days and her vehicle was impounded for 7 days.    

Type: Theft from Motor Vehicle
Location: McConkey Crescent
Incident:   Sometime overnight on January 25, 2018 unknown persons entered a vehicle parked on a lot on McConkey Crescent. A rear window was smashed in order to gain entry. Reported stolen was a Stihl concrete saw.  

 

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

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Crime Brief - January 25, 2018

Jan 25, 2018

 
Type:  Damage to Vehicle
Location: Tamara Place 
Incident:   On the morning of January 24, 2018 damage to property was discovered on a vehicle parked at a business on Tamara Place. Fuel tank straps had been cut however the fuel tank was still in place.

Type: Motor Vehicles Entered
Location: Abbott Court
Incident:   Sometime during the day on Tuesday January 23, 2018 several vehicles were entered while parked during the day at a car pool lot off of Garden Avenue. One locked vehicle suffered damage to the driver?s side door as a result of the forced entry. No items were reported stolen.

Type:  Internet Fraud ? Romance Scam
Incident: 18-2938
Incident:   On Tuesday January 23, 2018, a 59 year old Brantford woman contacted the Brantford Police Service to report being the victim of a fraud.
 In October 2017 the victim received a random message from an unknown person via her facebook account. The victim began chatting with this man who identified himself as Mark Wilson and that he was a contractor 
from the United States who was currently working overseas in Nigeria. Over the next few months ?Mark? claimed he had lost his new phone and had to use an older model phone that was not capable of having a live chat via facetime.  ?Mark? sent the victim photographs he alleged were himself and of his daughter.  The conversations continued and an online romance began. The conversations went from romance to the fraudster asking the victim to send him money. Although the victim and fraudster never met, the fraudster manipulated and convinced the victim that the romance and feelings were genuine. The victim continued to send money to the fraudster even though she could not afford to give him money. The victim had originally attended to a Money Mart in order to send $2,000.00 to Nigeria. An employee at the business warned the victim that this was a scam. The victim still believing the fraudster sent in total $4,000.00 via money gram and Western Union. The victim was instructed to send funds to a variety of places including Nigeria, Washington DC and North Carolina. In the end the victim became suspicious of ?Mark? and began to doubt the online romance. Most recently when the victim questioned the fraudster he tried to convince the victim to send more money claiming that he was dying, he wished to visit her in Canada and needed money to visit her. 

If you suspect that someone you know has fallen prey to any type of fraudulent scam, don't criticize them. Encourage that person to share their concerns with you about their situation. If in doubt call police! According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, romance scams continue to cause severe financial harm on consumers. Fraudsters use fake photos, use dating sites and social media outlets to lure potential victims into sending money.  
 


Warning Signs - How to Protect Yourself (Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre)

?Fraudsters want to develop a quick relationship with you, be suspicious when someone you haven't met professes their love to you.
?Never under any circumstances send money for any reason.
?Be cautious when conversing with an individual that claims to live close to you but is working overseas, this is a set up for the fraudster to provide numerous reasons to ask for money.
?If you receive a "pay cheque" or another form of payment from someone you've met online and they ask you to cash it and send a portion of the funds back to them - don't do it! It's a counterfeit cheque and you'll be responsible to cover any fees from the bank.

Signs to look out for if you suspect a family or friend is being scammed (CA-FC)

?Distressed family/friend worried about a loved one
?Talking about good friend or loved one in another country that is coming to visit or needs help.
?Mentions Western Union or MoneyGram
?Frequenting the bank more often
?Making unusual withdrawals both in amounts and frequency.
?Making multiple withdrawals ranging from $500? $3000 in Cash.
?Making large dollar wire transfers to countries in Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe
?A sudden inability to pay normal bills.
?Requests for loans or cash.
?Banking records that show cheques or withdrawals made to unfamiliar companies.
?Secretive behaviour regarding phone calls.

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.
Educate yourself. If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888- 495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca.


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

 

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