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Child Pornography Charges Laid as part of BPS Project Dilemma; Additional Arrests Expected

Mar 10, 2022

Inc# 21-44328

As a result of the investigative efforts of the Brantford Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, a Brantford man has been arrested and faces child pornography related charges as part of Project Dilemma.

Project Dilemma was launched by the Brantford Police Service ICE Unit in October 2021, to address the increasing concern of social media platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, etc., being utilized to distribute and possess child pornography images.

Investigators allege that the suspects utilized their social media accounts to send images and video to other users. This content included children, some as young a two-years old, being sexually assaulted.

To date, the efforts of Project Dilemma are responsible for:
Execution of three separate search warrants at residences within the City of Brantford 
10 additional Court Orders
Seizure of 29 electronic devices (cell phones, computers, and other devices)   

As a result of the Project Dilemma, a 22-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of failure to comply with a judicial release order.

Investigators believe that further individuals will be arrested as they continue their investigation and forensic examination of the seized electronic devices.


QUOTE:

"We know that there is a high likelihood that people who possess child pornography have or will go on to sexually abuse children. By identifying and arresting individuals who possess child pornography, our goal is to stop them before they do,” stated Brantford Police Service Inspector Kevin Reeder. "Our investigators are working to prevent any victimization of our most vulnerable children.” 

BACKGROUND:

Project Dilemma was made possible by the Ministry of the Solicitor General and its continued funding through the Ontario provincial strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.

The online exploitation of children continues to be a challenge for investigators due to its sheer volume, global reach, and anonymity. The Brantford Police Service, along with the Provincial Government, and our policing partners are committed to making a difference in our communities.

The Brantford Police Service supports this strategy and recognizes that images of children and child abuse placed on the internet lead to perpetual victimization.

To learn more about how to help keep children safer online, please visit www.cybertip.ca 

Anyone with information relating to internet sexual crimes against children is urged to call the Brantford Police Service ICE Section at 519-756-7050 or, to provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/   


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Brantford police seek public assistance to identify robbery suspects

Mar 9, 2022

Brantford police are seeking information from the public to help identify suspects involved in three separate robberies of retail businesses. 

A knife was used by suspects in all three of the robberies.


Incident # 22-8913

On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at approximately 1:35 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to the area of Erie Avenue and Eagle Avenue for a robbery at a convenience store. 
 
Information was received to indicate a lone male suspect entered the business, brandished a knife, and demanded cash from the store employee. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes, and fled the scene on foot.

No physical injuries were sustained during the incident.
 
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
Male, Caucasian, thin build, approximately 5’7” tall, mid-30’s, with frizzy dark hair that was in a bun. He was wearing dark pants, a grey Under Armour branded hooded sweatshirt, a black baseball hat, with a yellow "DeWalt” logo, and a brown camouflage bandana type face mask. 
 
suspect photo 


Incident # 22-8919

On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at approximately 12:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a retail location at Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway after receiving a report of a robbery.

A suspect entered the retail store, selected merchandise, and proceeded to leave the store without an attempt to purchase the items. 

When confronted by an employee, the suspect allegedly brandished a knife and left the store on foot.

No physical injuries were sustained during the incident.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
Male, Caucasian, mid-30’s to late-40’s in age, balding, wearing blue jeans, a "NASA” branded shirt, a black jacket, sunglasses, and a medical face mask.


suspect photo


Incident # 22-8938

On Thursday, March 3, 2022, at approximately 7:50 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a retail location at Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway after receiving a report of a robbery.

A suspect entered the retail store, selected merchandise, and proceeded to leave the store without an attempt to purchase the items. 

When confronted by an employee, the suspect allegedly brandished a knife and left the store on foot.

No physical injuries were sustained during the incident.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
Male, Caucasian, in his 40’s, wearing dark pants, a "NASA” branded shirt, a camouflage jacket, carrying a green reusable grocery bag.

suspect photo



Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspects. 

If you have any information related to these investigations, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, to provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/   
 

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Brantford police seek public assistance to identify robbery suspect

Mar 8, 2022

Inc. # 22-8427

Brantford police continue to investigate a robbery at a convenience store that occurred on St. George Street. If you have any information about the robbery, you are asked to contact police.
 
On Friday, March 4, 2022, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to the area of St George Street and Grand Street for a robbery at a convenience store. 
 
Information was received to indicate a lone male suspect entered the business, brandished a knife, and demanded cash from the store employee. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot.

No physical injuries were sustained during the incident.
 
suspect photo
 

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
 
Male, Caucasian, medium build, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, red t-shirt, black pants, brown boots, black and grey gloves, and a brown camouflage patterned face covering.
 

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspect.
 
If you have any information related to this investigation, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, to provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/   
 

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18-year-old charged after threatening gun violence

Mar 4, 2022

Inc. # 22-7750

On Monday, February 28, 2022, at approximately 8:30 a.m., a call was received from an employee at a school, located on Rawdon Street, to report a threat of gun violence.

Officers immediately responded and temporarily placed the school in a precautionary Hold and Secure while conducting the investigation.

All threats of violence are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. The Brantford Police Service would like to thank the Grand Erie District School Board, parents and students at the school for their patience and cooperation as officers worked to conduct the investigation.

As a result of the investigation, Raymond James BARAGER, 18, of Brantford, stands charged with Uttering Threats to Cause Bodily Harm or Death, contrary to the Criminal Code.


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Child Pornography Charges Laid by BPS as part of International RCMP National Child Exploitation Centre Investigation

Mar 4, 2022

Inc. # 20-19833
 
As a result of information received from New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) investigation Operation H, a Brantford man has been arrested and charged with possession and access of child pornography.
 
New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) conducted Operation H, which uncovered child pornography information from around the world. New Zealand’s DIA provided this information to Canada’s National Child Exploitation Centre (NCECC), which then disseminated the information to the appropriate local police jurisdictions. Brantford Police Service investigators received information regarding a local incident and initiated an investigation which resulted in the arrest of a Brantford man.
 
On Thursday, May 21, 2020, the Brantford Police Service reviewed an investigative package that had been sent by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) National Child Exploitation Centre (NCECC) in Ottawa. This investigation involved a cloud storage company located in New Zealand.
 
It was revealed that in September 2019, a Brantford user had created an account on this platform and had accessed and possessed at least two child pornography videos.
 
On June 22, 2020, a search warrant was executed, and electronic devices were seized from a Brantford residence.
 
A cellular phone which had been seized was examined by investigators who located multiple child pornography images and videos.
 
As a result of this investigation, a 19-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
  • Possession of Child Pornography x 2
  • Access Child Pornography
 
This investigation is now before the courts.
 
As the accused was under the age of majority at the time of the alleged incidents, his name cannot be released as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

To learn more about how to help keep children safer online, please visit Cybertip.ca
 
Additional information from the RCMP regarding Project H is included below.
 
 
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RCMP collaborates with New Zealand in global online child sexual exploitation investigation that leads to arrests in Canada

March 2, 2022
Ottawa, Ontario
News release

Following an international operation led by New Zealand's Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) into online child sexual exploitation, 47 Canadians have been arrested and 12 children have been removed from abusive situations. To date 186 charges have been laid in Canada. The global operation is ongoing.

Operation H, the largest online child exploitation operation led out of New Zealand, was launched in October 2019 by DIA's Digital Child Exploitation Team. The team received an alert from an Electronic Service Provider who discovered a large number of subscribers using the platform to share some of the most graphic and violent child sexual abuse material online.
 
In October 2019, New Zealand's Digital Child Exploitation Team advised the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's (RCMP) National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC) of a secure cloud storage site containing some of the most horrific child sexual abuse material. More than 90,000 online accounts were identified in New Zealand as having possessed or traded child sexual abuse material including many more around the globe.
 
The NCECC collaborated with the NZ DIA and Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) units across Canada to help advance their individual investigations. The operation resulted in arrests in 8 provinces over the past two years.
 
The NCECC is the central point of contact for investigations related to online sexual exploitation of children across the country and internationally when the victim or offender is Canadian. It includes a team of victim identification specialists trained in advanced investigative techniques including forensic image and video analysis. They work closely with other victim identification specialists around the world to identify and rescue victims of online child sexual abuse.
 
Reports of online child sexual abuse material should be reported immediately to local police or to Cybertip.ca
 
Quotes:

Online child sexual exploitation is borderless and is among the most heinous crimes targeting our most vulnerable – our children. This global operation demonstrates the importance of collaborative law enforcement efforts. The RCMP and its partners around the globe are committed to detecting, identifying and safeguarding children from online child sexual exploitation. Operation H is a prime example of how global collaboration can help all of our countries to protect children.

Supt. Andre Boileau, Officer in Charge, NCECC

Quick Facts:
  • In fiscal year 2020/21 the RCMP's National Child Exploitation Crime Centre received 52,306 reports/complaints/requests for assistance for online child sexual exploitation. This was a 510% increase from 2013/14.
  • Across Canada arrests in relation to Operation H were made in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.
  • Operation H brought together national and international agencies including Europol, Interpol and the 5 Eyes. In total, 12 countries were involved, resulting in 832 cases investigated and 146 children safeguarded.
 
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  • To learn more about how to help keep children safer online, please visit Cybertip.ca
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CBSA and RCMP make major cocaine bust and lay charges

Mar 4, 2022

RCMP HEADER 
MEDIA RELEASE

(March 3, 2022, Saint John) The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are committed to keeping harmful substances out of Canadian communities.

In early January 2022, more than 1.5 tonnes of cocaine was seized by border services officers in Saint John, New Brunswick (NB), following a sophisticated drug smuggling investigation by the CBSA and RCMP. The narcotics were discovered concealed inside the cargo of a marine container; this represents the largest quantity of cocaine seized from a marine shipping container in Atlantic Canada in three decades. The CBSA has valued the seizure at approximately $198,000,000. 

The operation began in the fall of 2021, when CBSA Intelligence received information about exported shipments originating from Central America. At that time, the CBSA and the RCMP worked together to move the investigation forward.
  
In December 2021, CBSA began tracking a marine shipping container of interest which contained goods imported by a Greater Toronto Area (GTA) resident and exported from Central America, with a final destination of Saint John, NB.

On January 7, 2022, the shipping container was examined at the Port of Saint John, NB, where border services officers initiated a complex and lengthy examination, which led to the seizure of the significant amount of cocaine found concealed inside the container. All evidence was turned over to the RCMP for further investigation.

On January 27, 2022, Ontario RCMP Federal Policing executed a search warrant in Brantford, Ontario, with assistance from the CBSA, Brantford Police Service, and several area municipal police services. Six people were arrested at the scene, five were released with no charges pending. 
 
On January 28, 2022, Kyle Alexander Purvis (34) of Brantford, Ontario, appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice. Purvis was charged with importing a controlled substance into Canada and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He was released under strict conditions, including electronic monitoring, pending a court appearance on March 3, 2022. The investigation is ongoing. 

The success of this operation can be attributed to the outstanding collaboration of multiple CBSA units, including teams in GTA Region, Atlantic Region and International Operations Division, as well as the RCMP in both Ontario and New Brunswick.

In support of the search warrants and arrests on January 27, 2022, the CBSA and RCMP would like to recognize the efforts and collaboration of the Brantford Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police Service, Peel Regional Police, Hamilton Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, and Durham Regional Police. 

Quotes

"The safety and security of Canadians is our government’s top priority. I want to thank the Canada Border Services Agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and regional law enforcement agencies who together disrupt criminal activity, protect Canadians and their families from the harmful impacts of drug smuggling, and ensure the integrity of our border.”

The Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety


"Canada Border Services Agency employees are committed to detecting and intercepting contraband goods at the border. This seizure is a great example of how our officers in Canada and around the world work closely with our law enforcement partners to share intelligence, prevent illicit drugs from entering Canada, and protect our communities. I am extremely proud of our employees for their continued dedication to this important work.”

John Ossowski, President, Canada Border Services Agency 


"This is a great example of RCMP Federal policing's effective joint work with its partners. Our Transnational Serious and Organized Crime unit in Kitchener worked directly with its CBSA counterparts on this significant seizure, and through their joint efforts we've been able to disrupt the drug trade and secure charges. All enforcement partners share the same goal and resolve to keep illegal drugs off of our streets. I commend our members, the CBSA and other partners involved in this investigation for their excellent work.”

Michael Duheme, Deputy Commissioner Federal Policing, RCMP
 

Quick Facts

  • Law enforcement agencies work diligently to make our communities a safer place to live – your assistance in remaining vigilant and informing us of any suspicious activities will help us be even more successful. To report any type of criminality, you can contact your local police or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) at any time.
  • If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060.
  • So far this fiscal year, from April 2021 to October 2021, the CBSA has seized a total of 724 kilograms of cocaine/crack at ports of entry across the country. For the latest CBSA enforcement statistics, visit Canada Border Services Agency seizures.
 
Contacts

Media Relations
Canada Border Services Agency
1-877-761-5945
 
 
Media Relations
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
 
 
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A complex investigation by the CBSA and the RCMP led to the seizure of more than 1.5 tonnes (1,584 kg) of cocaine concealed inside a cargo container in Saint John, New Brunswick.
 
 
Image of evidence
 
1.5 tonnes of cocaine seized in Saint John, New Brunswick (NB) as part of an investigation by the CBSA and the RCMP.

Four Arrested and $37,000 of Fentanyl Seized in Street Crime Unit Investigation

Mar 4, 2022

Inc. # 22-8225

Four men have been arrested and over $37,000 in suspected Fentanyl has been seized after a Brantford Police Service Street Crime Unit Investigation. 

On Thursday, March 3, 2022, members of the Brantford Police Service Street Crime Unit entered into a drug trafficking investigation. As a result of the investigation, a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant had been obtained and executed at an address located on Grey Street with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team and uniform patrol officers. 

As a result of the search warrant, officers have seized the following:
  • Approximately 106 grams of suspected Fentanyl with an estimated street value of $37,170
  • Canadian currency
  • 2 digital scales
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As a result of this investigation three 22-year-old men from Brantford and a 33-year-old man from North York have been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking- Fentanyl, contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. 

The accused parties have been held for bail.

Anyone with information on any other drug-related activities is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. Anonymous information can be provided to Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

 

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Two arrested, over $36,000 in drugs seized after traffic stop

Feb 28, 2022

Inc. # 22-7614

On Sunday, February 27, 2022, at approximately 1:50 a.m., a suspicious vehicle was observed, and a traffic stop was conducted by patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service in the area of Charing Cross Street and West Street.

Information was received to indicate that the driver was operating the vehicle with a suspended license, who was then arrested for Drive While Under Suspension.

While speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, police observed a hand-held Conducted Energy Weapon in view, beside the rear seat passenger; a prohibited weapon as defined in the Criminal Code of Canada. A baseball bat was also located beside the passenger. 

The rear passenger was arrested for Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. Search incident to arrest revealed the two accused men were found to be in possession of the following items: 
  • Approximately 139.3 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $20,895
  • Approximately 41.5 grams of suspected Cocaine, with an estimated street value of $4,980
  • Approximately 12 grams of suspected Fentanyl, with an estimated street value of $3,240
  • Approximately 4.5 grams of suspected Crack-Cocaine, with an estimated street value of $540
  • A quantity of Dilaudid (suspected), with an estimated street value of $6,150
  • A quantity of Hydromorphone (suspected), with an estimated street value of $540
  • Canadian currency
  • An additional hand-held Conducted Energy Weapon (restricted weapon)

The total approximate street value of the suspected illicit drugs was $36,345. 
   
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Further investigation revealed that the registered owner of the motor vehicle had not provided consent for its use, and was unaware that the accused was in possession of the vehicle. 

As a result of the investigation, Matthew TAYLOR, 43, of Brantford, stands charged with the following: 
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose x 2, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Unauthorized Possession of Weapon x 2, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Take Motor Vehicle Without Consent, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Breach of Probation, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession for the Purpose Schedule I x 6, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 
  • Driving While Under Suspension x 2, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act

Additionally, Matthew WELLS, 40, of Brantford stands charged with the following: 
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose x 2, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Unauthorized Possession of Weapon x 2, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Breach of Probation, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Failure to Comply with Undertaking x2, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession for the Purpose Schedule I x 6, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 

Both accused parties were held for bail. 


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Virtual Symposium Educates Young Women

Feb 26, 2022

On Saturday, February 26, 2022, 450 young women (and youth who identify as female) attended the 2nd YOUNG WOMEN UNITE Virtual Symposium. Organized by Brantford Police Service, in partnership with Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services, Victim Services of Brant and Six Nations Police, the Young Women Unite virtual symposium provided valuable health and safety information to our community’s young female population.

Girls, women, and those who identify as female, between the ages of 13 and 19, who reside in Brantford, Brant County, Haldimand-Norfolk County, Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, were all eligible to participate, receiving a $45 gift card as incentive for their participation. Adding to the excitement of the event, numerous prizes including bursaries for post-secondary education were randomly provided to attendees throughout the 90-minute event.

The symposium featured knowledgeable and experienced female speakers from partner agencies who lead discussions related to topics ranging from healthy relationships, general health and well-being, and human trafficking.  This year’s featured speaker was Kelly Tallon Franklin, founder and Chief Executive Director of Courage for Freedom, a Canadian-leading organization who exists to educate, train, and certify front-line and community service providers on proven strategies and prevention tactics to serve vulnerable victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. 

Kelly is an international and national anti human trafficking task force chairperson with business and professional women and has been acknowledged and awarded many accolades globally as a survivor advocate and activist champion of minor-aged children and youth. Kelly, her teams, and their projects have created awareness movements and developed support for victim survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation that include equine therapy, trauma informed and person centric care approaches that are revered and respected.
 
Kelly is a survivor, best-selling author, award-winning speaker, respected advocate, and trainer on the issue of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, force prostitution and equines.

Funding for the event was provided through the Community Safety and Policing Grant awarded to Brantford Police Service from the Ministry of the Solicitor General. This grant has allowed Brantford Police Service to collaborate with multi-sectoral partners including Nova Vita, to embark on a comprehensive anti-human trafficking strategy, implementing strategies ranging from prevention to an enhanced effort between police and victim services.  The initiative provides a strategic, multi-dimensional approach to reduce victimization and identify victims and those vulnerable to become victims of human trafficking.
Anyone, from any walk-of-life, can be a target for human trafficking for the purposes of sex trafficking or labour trafficking. However, in Canada, women and girls are at greatest risk, as well as individuals from certain populations, such as Indigenous women and girls, new immigrants, children in the child welfare system, persons living with disabilities, LGBTQ2 persons, and those struggling socially and/or financially. Better understanding the facts about human trafficking, who is at risk, how traffickers recruit and exploit victims, and what signs to look for is a major step in helping to fight this widespread and often invisible crime.

"Many communities like ours are experiencing human trafficking – over 2/3 of the reported cases in Canada are in Ontario. Human Trafficking can be a difficult topic for parents to discuss with youth, which is why events like this are so important. Today’s event helped to empower over 450 youth in our community thru education. I would like to thank the Ministry of the Solicitor General for providing the funding opportunity to allow us to bring this event to the community for the second year now. I would also like to thank our partner agencies: Nova Vita Domestic Violence Services, the Victim Services of Brant, Six Nations Police Services and the members within the Brantford Police Service for their dedication to this collaboration, which will have great benefit to all of our communities.”  – Deputy Chief Jason Saunders, Brantford Police Service

BPS Seek Armed Robbery Suspect for Identification

Feb 23, 2022

Inc. # 22-6667
 
On Sunday, February 20, 2022, at approximately 1:15 p.m., members of the Brantford Police Service responded to an armed robbery that had occurred at a business in the area of St. George Street and Grand Street.
                            
Police received information that one male suspect, armed with a firearm, entered the business, brandished a firearm, and demanded cash from the store employee.
 
The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
 
No physical injuries were sustained by the victim.
     
Police are asking the public for information that will lead to the identification of the suspect.
 
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
 
Male, Caucasian, medium build, approximately 18-20 years of age, wearing a black jacket, dark coloured t-shirt, black pants, white shoes, a Michael Jordan baseball hat, tan coloured gloves and a grey camouflage patterned face covering
 
suspect photo
 
 
If located, please call 911 and do not approach the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Justin Torek at 519-756-7050 ext 2272. Additionally, information can be provided anonymously to Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/  
 
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