May 13 – 15, 2017 – Woman charged following March collision involving vehicle crashing into local church

Calls for Service:
(May 12 at 8 a.m. to May 13 at 8 a.m.) 89
(May 13 at 8 a.m. to May 14 at 8 a.m.) 86
(May 14 at 8 a.m. to May 15 at 8 a.m.) 54

Impaired Arrest:
The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged a 39-year-old woman following a March collision where a vehicle crashed into the front of a local church.

At approximately 11:20 p.m. on March 2, 2017 officers were dispatched to a Park Street South church for a vehicle that had struck the front entrance of the building. Total damage to the church is not known.

When police arrived they located a female driver and male passenger inside the vehicle who were both taken to a local hospital for treatment to their injuries. Due to the driver’s injuries at the time of the incident a breath sample was not obtained. As a result, a search warrant was obtained to determine the level of blood alcohol in the driver’s system at the time of the incident.

The investigation has revealed that the driver had more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in their system at the time of the incident.

As a result of the investigation on May 14, 2017 the Peterborough Police Service contacted the accused and she attended the police station where she was placed under arrest.

Autumn R. Harnden, 39, of Duffus Street, Peterborough, is charged with impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with more than 80mg blood alcohol content. The accused was also issued a 90 day drivers licence suspension.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on June 1, 2017.

Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle Arrest:
A Peterborough man is facing charges including dangerous driving and criminal harassment following a Sunday night incident.

The accused, a 40-year-old Peterborough man, and the victim, a woman in her 30’s, were in a previous domestic relationship.

On the night of May 14, 2017 the accused attended the victim’s place of work and, without her knowledge, waited in the parking lot until the end of her shift. When the victim left her work the accused followed her in his vehicle. When the victim attempted to drive away from the accused the accused continued to follow her, driving in an erratic and dangerous manner.

9-1-1 was called and officers on patrol located the suspect vehicle.

As a result of the investigation the accused was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Criminal harassment
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Fail to comply with a probation order

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (May 15).

The name of the accused will not be released in order to protect the identity of the victim in this domestic incident.

Break and Enter: Carol Drive

The Peterborough Police Service is urging residents to keep doors and windows locked in order to help prevent a break-in.

Sometime between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. on May 14, 2017 unknown person(s) entered a Carol Drive home through an insecure back door. The residents were asleep at the time.

Once inside the thieves stole thousands of dollars in property including jewellery, a laptop and camera equipment. The unknown person(s) also gained access to a detached garage where several more items were stolen. The thieves then took the key fob for the victim’s car from inside the home and stole the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle is described as a red, 2016, four-door, Mazda CX5 Ontario licence plate BXER664.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or Crime Stoppers

Break and Enter:
The Peterborough Police Service is investigating after a large quantity of cash was stolen from a vehicle.

Sometime between May 4 and May 5, 2017 while the complainant was in the process of moving residences from Bowen Drive in Peterborough to a home in the Township of Selwyn unknown person(s) stole a large quantity of cash that was being kept in the complainant’s vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or Crime Stoppers

Over 80mg Arrest:
On May 13, 2017 at approximately 7:50 p.m. police conducted a traffic stop in in the area of Hilliard Street after receiving information about a possible impaired driver.

While speaking with the male driver of the vehicle officer’s noted an odour of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. A subsequent breath sample revealed the driver had more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

As a result of the investigation Joshua Boddison, 31, of Hilliard Street, Peterborough, is charged with operating a motor vehicle with more than 80mg blood alcohol content.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on June 1, 2017.

Fraud Alert:
The Peterborough Police Service has received several recent phone calls regarding an online rental scam.

The complainants reported that they had responded to a Kijiji ad regarding a potential rental unit or had been contacted by someone claiming to be a landlord after they had posted an ad looking for a rental unit.

The complainants were asked to provide personal information and then asked to send a rental deposit through an email money transfer or Western Union money transfer.

In all of the instances the complainants did not provide any money. Instead, the complainants went to visit the rental address in person. In each instance the address has been for sale and the complainants have spoken to the current residents who stated the address is not for rent.

The Peterborough Police Service reminds residents to follow these tips before providing any personal information or funds online for a rental property:

Warning Signs – How to Protect Yourself

  • When searching for rentals, go to the address. Schedule a showing and confirm its availability.
  • Request a lease/contract. Review it thoroughly.
  • Complete open source searches on rental addresses to ensure it’s not a duplicate post.
  • Do not send funds to strangers.
  • Contact Equifax and Transunion if you’ve provided sensitive information on applications.
  • Go with your gut. If it seems fishy it probably is.

If you would like to report a fraud or a scam please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501.

If you have been the victim of a scam, meaning you have provided money or personal information to fraudsters, please contact the Peterborough Police Service’s non-emergency line at 705-876-1122 or via our online reporting system at Peterborough Police Online Crime Reporting

For more information on rental scams please visit:

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre