Robbery Update, Impaired Arrest, Retirement Home Break and Enter

Media Release for Monday August 14, 2017

Calls for Service:
(Aug 11 at 8 a.m. to Aug 12 at 8 a.m.) 109
(Aug 12 at 8 a.m. to Aug 13 at 8 a.m.) 69
(Aug 13 at 8 a.m. to Aug 14 at 8 a.m.) 63

Update to Mather and Bell Robbery

The Peterborough Police Service investigated an attempted robbery at the Mather and Bell Pharmacy on Park Street around noon on Friday August 11, 2017. A man allegedly walked into the store, claimed to have a gun and demanded cash and narcotics. The store manager confronted the man who then fled the store. The store manager caught up with the man and grabbed his backpack.

Police officers along with the K-9 unit attended the area to search for the suspect. Witnesses were able to point the direction of travel of the suspect. The K-9 unit was able to successfully track the suspect and arrest him.

Curt Douglas Pelley (35) of no fixed address was arrested and charged with Robbery with Intent, Disguise with Intent and Fail to Comply with Probation Order. He appeared held in custody and appeared before WASH court on August 12, 2017.

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

Impaired Arrest at McDonald’s Drive-thru

A 31 year-old Peterborough man was arrested for Impaired after he passed out while waiting for his food at a local McDonald’s drive-thru. During the early morning hours on August 12, 2017 police were called to the McDonald’s on Chemong Road. Staff reported that a vehicle ordered food at the drive-thru and proceeded to the pay window. While waiting for his order the accused fell asleep. Police arrived to find the vehicle still at the window and the driver still asleep.

As a result of the investigation John Birkenhead (31) of Herbert Street was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired – motor vehicle and Driving with More than 80 mgs of Alcohol in Blood.

The accused was later released and is to appear in court on September 7, 2017.

Threats and Mischief Arrest

The Peterborough Police were called to a St. Paul street residence on the report of a male inside breaking windows and other property at the residence. Police attended the area and located the suspect a short ways away from the address.

During the investigation police learned that an 18 year-old man, had been kicked out of his parents residence a week prior to this incident. On August 11, 2017 in the late afternoon the male had sent threatening text messages to his father and then went to the residence while his father was away. At the residence witnesses report seeing the accused break a window, patio tables, exterior lights and some patio stones.

The accused was charged with Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm and Mischief Under $5000.00.

The accused was held in custody and appeared before WASH court on August 12, 2017.

The accused in this matter will not be identified to protect the identity of the victim.

Arrest made in Hit and Run

On August 4, 2017 the Peterborough Police investigated a hit and run at the Pioneer Gas station on Lansdowne Street East. Police attended the area and found a lone vehicle heavily damaged and sitting in the middle of the road. The driver of that vehicle was still in their vehicle when police arrived.

Police learned that a truck pulled out of the gas station and struck the complainant’s vehicle. The suspect truck stopped for a second and then fled the area. Traffic officers attended the gas station and were able to identify the vehicle via the surveillance video at the business. Further investigation positively identified the driver of the truck. A warrant was issued for the suspect’s arrest.

On August 11, 2017 Jacob Darren Croan (22) of Campbellford was arrested and charged with Fail to Stop at Scene of Accident. The accused was held in custody to Appear before WASH court on August 12, 2017.

Forcible Confinement/ Utter Threats Arrest

On August 12, 2017 the Peterborough Police were called to a Talwood Drive apartment on the report of a threatening incident. A worker attended the apartment for a routine visit. When the worker could not comply with a request made by the client, the client blocked the exit to the apartment and told the worker that he was not leaving. The worker attempted to leave but the client became more agitated and threatened to stab the worker.

The worker was able to call 911. The client calmed down and left the apartment. Police met the client in the lobby of the apartment.

Steven Land (34) of Talwood Drive was arrested and charged with Forcible Confinement and Utter Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm. The accused was released and is to appear in courts on September 7, 2017.

Retirement Home Break/Enter Arrest

On August 9, 2017 the Peterborough Police were called to a Charlotte Street Retirement Home on the report of several break and enters to resident’s rooms. Police arrived and learned that a number of vulnerable person’s rooms were broken into. With the help of video surveillance police learned that the suspect entered the retirement home and went floor to floor checking rooms to see if they were unlocked. If unlocked police see the suspect enter the room for a short period of time and then leaves.

After a lengthy investigation police learned that a quantity of cash and items eventually were stolen from a number of residents. Police officers were able to identify the suspect via the surveillance video.

On August 12, 2017 members from the Active Crime Unit attended a Ware Street address to look for the suspect. Police located the suspect and arrested her.

Deanna Walsh (36) of Ware Street, Peterborough was arrested and charged with Break Enter and commit x2, Break Enter with Intent x9 and Fail to Comply with Probation Order.

The Accused was held in custody and was to appear before WASH court on August 13, 2017.