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Active Police Investigation in the Area of West St and Market St

Jul 18, 2020

On July 18, 2020, at approximately 4:00 a.m. Brantford Police Service responded to an incident in the area of West Street and Market Street.

While responding to the incident, a 41 year old male from Brantford was injured and has been transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
 
The Brantford Police Service notified the province’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) which invoked its mandate. As such, Brantford Police Service will be unable to provide further information.
 
As a result of the investigation, the area of West Street between Buffalo Street and Grey Street are currently closed. Updates will be provided on social media to advise when the streets are re-opened.
 
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Brantford Male Arrested in Relation to the Break and Enter to a Business on Colborne Street West

Jul 16, 2020

Incident #20-24560 

Brantford Police Service has arrested and charged a 28 year old Brantford male in relation to a Break and Enter investigation. 

On Sunday June 28, 2020 Brantford Police Service responded to a call at Dairy Queen located on Colborne Street West, Brantford regarding a Break and Enter.  Investigation revealed that an unknown male smashed a window at the business and gained entry just after 3:30 a.m. The suspect then took a large charity donation bin located inside the business and fled the scene.  

The Brantford Police Service continued its investigation and were able to identify a suspect with the assistance of video surveillance.  A 28 year old Brantford male has since been arrested and charged with Theft Under $5000, Break, Enter and Commit and Breach of Probation. 

Anyone with information is asked to Brantford Police at 519-756-7050  or 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  
 
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On Sunday June 28, 2020 Brantford Police Service responded to a call at Dairy Queen located on Colborne Street East, Brantford regarding a Break and Enter.  Investigation revealed that an unknown male smashed a window at the business and gained entry just after 3:30 a.m. The suspect then took a large charity donation bin located inside the business and fled the scene.  

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a blue t-shirt, black air Jordan track pants, grey shoes, a black flat brim hat with white graffiti on the front and a black mask.

BPS Warn Residents about Various Scams

Jul 13, 2020

Brantford Police Service are issuing a warning to residents after receiving reports of several ongoing scams. Some of the scams involve the following:

Automated CRA Phone Calls
Brantford Police Service are aware of ongoing scam phone calls involving persons claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). This scam involves a threat to individuals for payment of a fictitious debt to avoid arrest. The victim is often asked to repay their false debt by wire transfer, cyber-based currency or with the purchase of gift cards. 

This scam often involves the use of technology which can cause a phone display to show a local telephone number, or a Brantford Police Service registered phone number. This technique is called "spoofing”. Caller ID spoofing allows fraudsters to disguise their calls and make them appear to represent a legitimate organization. Do not trust what is showing on your phone’s caller ID display. If you suspect a company or government agency is seeking personal information or money fraudulently, contact them directly to verify the validity of the request.

Residents are advised to be cautious of such scams and to be advised that no such calls are being made from any phone number associated with the Brantford Police Service.

Members of the Canadian Revenue Agency will not call you and ask for your banking information while threatening your arrest.  The Canadian Revenue Agency does not accept e-transfers or wire payments for any fees or services. The CRA never uses text messages or instant messaging such as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp to communicate with taxpayers. Any text or instant message claiming to be from the CRA is a scam.

The Canadian Revenue Agency can be reached at 1-800-959-8281, or you can monitor "My Account” online at: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/scrty/frdprvntn/menu-eng.html

Gift Card Purchase
Reports have been received where the victim will receive an email from an individual posing as an authority figure requesting the victim to purchase gift cards and provide the activation pins for the cards. The gift cards are requested under the pretense that the victim’s bank account or credit card may have been tampered with and must be verified. Under no circumstances will a financial institution or employer request to verify your accounts in this manner.   

Online Buy and Sell Scams
The Brantford Police Service have received reports of online buy and sell scams. In these cases, the buyer responds to an ad posted online for the sale of an item or, occasionally a pet. In cases involving animals, the seller will frequently request that payment be transferred electronically and will often request an e-transfer for a deposit to hold the item or for additional costs to cover items such as shipping or pet insurance. Often the items is never received by the buyer.

Brantford Police Service would like to remind the public to be vigilant while responding to email requests to send money or when shopping online on buy and sell sites for items. 

The following safety tips should be considered when making purchases online:
  • DO NOT send a deposit or full payment without seeing the item.
  • Be sure to verify the legitimacy of the seller
  • Make purchases from known breeders or suppliers.
  • Trust your instincts. If a deal seems too good to be true, it likely is.
  • When in doubt, consult police or someone you trust before sending funds.

From January 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020 Brantford Police Service has received 146 reports of fraud. During the same period last year, BPS received 148 reports.

The Brantford Police Service wish to remind residents of the importance of fraud education and protecting oneself from becoming a victim.  Please see below for tips on how to protect yourself from fraud. We also encourage spreading the word to those, such as the elderly, who may be particularly vulnerable to these fraudsters and may be targets of these high-pressure scams.

TIPS:
  • DO NOT provide personal information (e.g. Social Insurance Number, passport number, banking information or credit card numbers) over the phone unless you placed the call and you know for certain who you are speaking to.
  • Accredited businesses and Government Agencies will never ask for payment using gift cards or bitcoin.
  • If you suspect it is a scam, it may be - just hang up. Conduct your own research to determine validity.
  • Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an email, especially overseas.
  • Resist the pressure to act quickly, if the offer is too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Consider adding your phone number to the National Do Not Call List: https://lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/en
  • Consult with someone you trust before agreeing to provide large sums of money to anyone.
  • DO NOT write down passwords and carry them with you.
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. You can also report online at: https://www.brantfordpolice.ca/online-reporting

If you have not experienced a financial loss but have received a fraudulent call, such as the CRA scam, please report the incident by calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm
               
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BPS Investigate Assault - UPDATE

Jul 8, 2020

UPDATE

Brantford Police Service has an individual in custody in relation to this incident.

There is no threat to public safety at this time.

The Brantford Police Major Crime Unit continues their investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

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July 8, 2020

The Brantford Police Service Major Crime Unit continues their investigation and are seeking any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the incident.  

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251 

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Public Awareness - Child Safety Concerns

Jul 2, 2020

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Brantford Police Service received a report from a concerned citizen to advise an unknown, adult male had been inappropriately communicating with a young child over a portable device and using the language "big daddy”.

The citizen intercepted a conversation between the adult and child which indicated the child had been encouraged to meet the adult in a park near a port-a-pottie for an unknown reason. Officers attended Cedarland Park and searched the area however neither party were located.  

The Brantford Police Service is asking that the community be made aware of this incident. Any parents or caregivers who have children with portable devices are asked to monitor the transmissions as a result of current concerns for child safety.

The Brantford Police Service is encouraging parents to educate their children about age-appropriate messages and to remind them to not meet with strangers. 

The Brantford Police Service is continuing to investigate this incident and would ask anyone with information to please contact Detective Christine McCallum at the Brantford Police Service 519-756-7050 ext 2269.

Brantford Police Investigate Break and Enter To Business On Colborne Street West

Jun 29, 2020

Incident #20-24560 

On Sunday June 28, 2020 Brantford Police Service responded to a call at Dairy Queen located on Colborne Street West, Brantford regarding a Break and Enter.  Investigation revealed that an unknown male smashed a window at the business and gained entry just after 3:30 a.m. The suspect then took a large charity donation bin located inside the business and fled the scene.  

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a blue t-shirt, black air Jordan track pants, grey shoes, a black flat brim hat with white graffiti on the front and a black mask.

Anyone with information is asked to Brantford Police at 519-756-7050  or 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 

Accidental Drowning in Grand River Claims Life of 16 year old male

Jun 29, 2020

Incident #20-24667

June 28th, 2020        

On Sunday June 28th, 2020 the Brantford Police Service entered into a Missing Persons investigation in relation to a Sixteen (16) year old male that had last been seen entering into the Grand River while with friends.

Subsequent investigation by the Brantford Police Service with the assistance of the Brantford Fire Department, utilizing all resources available including the BPS K-9 Unit, Emergency Response Team (ERT), and drone, led to the location of the youth where he was found deceased. It is believed at this time the cause of the youth’s death was accidental drowning.


The Brantford Police Service would like to educate and remind residents of the importance of water safety to help prevent injuries or drowning. When participating in water related activities, please ensure that a properly fitted lifejacket is worn and secured at all times.

Anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to call Detective Matt ROBERTS at 519-756-7050 ext. 2273. 

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Brantford Police Investigate Stabbing

Jun 23, 2020

Incidnet #20-23828

On June 23, 2020 just after 5:00 a.m. Brantford Police Service attended along with Brant-Brantford Paramedics and Brantford Fire the area of Colborne Street and Lynnwood Drive to a 34 year old male who was suffering from an injury.  Community Patrol Officers attended to the area where they located the victim, who was suffering from stab wounds.  The victim was transported to hospital with serious injuries, where he remains in stable condition.

The Brantford Police Service Major Crime Unit continues their investigation and are seeking any witnesses that were in the area at the time of the incident.  The incident is believed to have happened sometime in the early hours of Tuesday June 23, 2020 in the area of Colborne Street East, Lynnwood Drive and the Mohawk Park area.      

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Cotter at 519-756-0113 ext. 2271of the Major Crime Unit or the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050

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

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House Fire Leads to Drug Seizure

Jun 18, 2020

Incident # 20-23004
 
On Wednesday, June 17, members of the Brantford Police Service and Brantford Fire Department were dispatched to a home on Diana Avenue in response to a house fire. Upon arriving on scene, first responders found a portion of the home engulfed in flames. Once the fire was extinguished, it was determined that no one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were sustained. Significant damage to the home was caused by the fire.

On June 18, 2020, as a result of the investigation, police obtained a search warrant for the residence. Upon execution of the search warrant, police located approximately 78 grams of cocaine, cash and equipment commonly used for illicit drug trafficking. The estimated street value of the substance is $7500.

No persons have been arrested or charged in connection with this incident and the investigation is ongoing.

                 

Anyone with information regarding this matter or 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

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BPS Seek Suspects in Home Invasion

Jun 16, 2020

Incident #20-22612
UPDATE

Brantford Police Service – Major Crime Unit is continuing to investigate a home invasion which occurred on Monday, June 15, 2020 at approximately 12:30 a.m. at a residence in the area of Memorial Drive and Kensington Avenue. 

Information was received that firearms were removed from the residence during the incident. The occupants of the home who were present at the time of the incident were unharmed. Officers believe this was not a random act and there is no threat to public safety.

Brantford Police Service are seeking the public’s assistance to identify four suspects. 

The suspects are described as:

Suspect #1: Male, white, 40’s thin build, approximately 6’ tall, wearing white shoes, blue jeans, black jacket and a white ball cap.

Suspect #2: Male, white, 40’s regular build, dark short hair and a dark short beard, wearing black shoes, black pants and a red t-shirt.

Suspect #3: Male, white, 50’s, bulky build, taller than 6’, with a long white scruffy beard, wearing brown shoes, dark jeans, black hooded jacket and a black ball cap.

Suspect #4: Male, white, 50’s, thin build, approximately 5’10”, bald, wearing black shoes, blue jeans and a black hooded jacket.

The Brantford Police Service- Major Crime Unit is continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ryan Groen at 519-756-0113 ext 2206 or Detective Matthew Roberts at 519-756-0113 ext 2273.

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June 15, 2020

On Monday, June 15, 2020 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Brantford Police Service attended to a residence in the area of Memorial Drive and Kensington Avenue after receiving a report of a home invasion.  

Information was received that firearms were removed from the residence during the incident.

The occupants of the home who were present at the time of the incident were unharmed. 

Officers believe this is not a random act and there is no threat to public safety.

The Brantford Police Service – Major Crime Unit is continuing to investigate this incident.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Ryan Groen at 519-756-0113 2206 or Detective Matthew Roberts at 519-756-0113 ext 2273.

Alternatively, information can be reported to Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251  
 
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