Dec. 16 – 18, 2017 – Mississauga man charged after Peterborough woman defrauded of more than $15K

Calls for Service:
(Dec. 15 at 8 a.m. to Dec. 16 at 8 a.m.) 112
(Dec. 16 at 8 a.m. to Dec. 17 at 8 a.m.) 68
(Dec. 17 at 8 a.m. to Dec. 18 at 8 a.m.) 49

Fraud Over Arrest:
A 27-year-old Mississauga man has been charged with fraud over $5,000 following a local lottery scam.

On July 19, 2017 the victim, a Peterborough woman in her 80’s, received a phone call from a man stating she had won four million dollars through a lottery as well as a luxury car. The caller told the woman that in order to claim her prize and have the funds released to her she had to deposit $15,000 into his bank account.

The victim attended a Peterborough bank and went ahead with the deposit. On July 20, 2017 a relative of the victim, who has access to her banking records, noticed suspicious transactions in the victim’s account including two bank transfers totalling $927 along with the $15,000 bank transfer.

The relative attended the bank and was able to cancel the $15,000 bank draft before any funds had been withdrawn. Police were contacted and began an investigation.

Through the investigation the accused was identified and attended the Peterborough Police station on December 16, 2017 where he was placed under arrest.

As a result of the investigation Darren Sinclair, 27, of Shelby Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario, is charged with fraud over $5,000.

The accused appeared in weekend and statutory holiday court on December 16, 2017, was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear again in court later today (Dec. 18).

The Peterborough Police Service reminds residents of the following:

  • Legitimate lotteries do not require you to pay a fee or tax to collect winnings.
  • Never send money to anybody you don’t know and trust.
  • Don’t provide personal banking details to anyone that you do not know and trust.
  • Examine all of the terms and conditions of any offer very carefully—claims of free or very cheap offers often have hidden costs. Calls to premium rate phone numbers or premium text messages can be very expensive.
  • Ask Yourself “Did I enter this contest?” You cannot win money or a prize in a contest unless you have entered it yourself, or someone else has entered it on your behalf.

From the Competition Bureau of Canada

For more information on how to protect yourself please visit the Competition Bureau or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Domestic Assault Arrest:
A 47-year-old Peterborough resident is facing three counts of assault following a weekend domestic incident.

On December 17, 2017 at approximately 3:30 a.m. the accused and his common law spouse became involved in an argument at their Peterborough residence. During the argument it was reported that the accused assaulted his two children along with his common law spouse.

Police were called and attended the residence. As a result of the investigation the accused was arrested and charged with assault X3.

The accused appeared in weekend and statutory holiday court on December 17, 2017, was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear again in court on December 21, 2017.

The name of the accused will not be released to protect the identity of the victims involved.

Impaired/Over 80mg Arrest:
A 33-year-old Peterborough woman is facing charges including impaired driving following a traffic stop.

At approximately 12:40 a.m. on December 15, 2017 an officer on general patrol observed an SUV facing northbound on the east side of George Street, which is a one-way southbound street.

The officer conducted a traffic stop and while speaking with the driver noted a strong odour of alcohol coming from the driver’s breath.

A subsequent breath sample revealed the accused had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in her system.

As a result of the investigation Melissa Wood, 33, of Ferrier Crescent, Peterborough, was arrested and charged with impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with more than 80mg blood alcohol content. The driver was served with a 90 day Automatic Driver’s Licence Suspension and a seven day vehicle impoundment.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on January 11, 2018.

Fail/Refuse to Provide Breath Sample Arrest:
A London, Ontario woman has been charged with refusing to provide police with a breath sample following a weekend traffic stop.

On December 16, 2017 at approximately 12:45 a.m. officers in the area of Rye and Lansdowne Streets were conducting a RIDE program when they observed a vehicle driving erratically in the area.

Officers conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the female driver informing her that police were conducting a mobile RIDE check. While speaking with the driver officers detected an odour of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. Officers subsequently made the request for a breath sample to which the driver refused.

As a result of the investigation Daniela Flores Young, 22, of Devos Drive, London, Ontario, was arrested and charged with fail or refuse to provide sample. The driver was served with a 90 day Automatic Driver’s Licence Suspension and a seven day vehicle impoundment.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on January 11, 2018.

Theft from Vehicles:
The Peterborough Police Service reminds residents to double-triple check to ensure car doors are locked and secured following thefts from unlocked vehicles over the weekend.

Between December 16 and December 17, 2017 thieves made their way into unlocked vehicles parked at homes on Reid Street, Dublin Street, Bethune Street and Greenlawn Avenue. Items stolen from the unlocked vehicles includes sunglasses and documents including vehicle ownership and insurance slips.

Don’t make it easy for thieves to steal your property. Always check to make sure vehicle doors are locked, hide any valuables out of plain sight or take valuables with you and remember to report any suspicious persons in your neighbourhood to police.

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