Friday June 29, 2018 – Peterborough man facing multiple charges after police seize drugs including purple heroin during vehicle stop

Calls for Service: 

(June 28 at 8 a.m. to June 29 at 8 a.m.) 79

Drug Arrest:

A 33-year-old Peterborough man is facing multiple charges following a vehicle stop where police located and seized items including purple heroin (heroin laced with fentanyl), cocaine and a large quantity of cash.

As a result of an ongoing investigation on June 28, 2018 members of the Peterborough Police Service’s ICAD (Intelligence, Crime Analyst, Asset Forfeiture and Drug) Unit conducted a vehicle stop on Cameron Street. As a result of the investigation the accused, the driver of the vehicle, was arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine. During the search incident to arrest the accused was found to be in possession of a large quantity of Canadian currency.

During the search of the vehicle officers located and seized the following items:

3.3 grams of purple heroin (Heroin laced with fentanyl)

1.1 grams of heroin

7.6 grams of cocaine

2.5 grams of marijuana

Weigh scales, cutting agents and a cell phone

As a result of the investigation Dustin Prindiville, 33, of Charlotte Street, is charged with the following:

Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (Fentanyl)

Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (Cocaine)

Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (Heroin)

Possession of a schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking (Marijuana under 3 kg)

Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000Fail to comply with a probation order X2

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (June 29).

Assault with a weapon Arrest: 

A 20-year-old Peterborough man is facing charges including assault with a weapon and mischief under $5,000 following a Thursday evening incident.
The accused currently lives with the victim, his ex-girlfriend’s mother. On June 28, 2018 the accused was at the residence when he began damaging the interior of the home with a hammer.

When the victim approached the accused it was reported that the accused brandished the hammer toward the victim and threatened the victim. The accused then fled the residence. The incident was reported to police and officers attended.

Later that same evening the accused was found hiding in a wooded area by members of the K9 Unit and the Emergency Response Team.

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

• Assault with a weapon

• Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm

• Breach of recognizance• Mischief under $5,000

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (June 29).

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

Found chickens:

The Peterborough Police Service is looking for the owner of two crates of live chickens that were found in the Millbrook and District Lions Club parking lot.
The chickens were found in the lot, located on County Road 10 at Larmer Line in Millbrook, on June 25, 2018. The chickens were relocated to a local farm that same day where they remain until the rightful owner comes forward.

If these are your chickens or if you have any information please call Constable William Trudeau at 705-876-1122.

Break and Enter: Terrace RoadThe Peterborough Police Service is investigating following a break-in at a Terrace Road home. 
Sometime between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on June 28, 2018 unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked Terrace Road home while the residents were away. Once inside the suspect(s) stole a quantity of cash.

Everyone has a role to play in crime prevention. We remind residents that when leaving your residence, even for a short period of time, double and triple check to ensure all windows and doors are locked and secured.

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

Community Services Officers Re-Assigned to Downtown Patrol for Summer Months

The Peterborough Police Service is re-assigning its four Community Services Officers to the downtown area for the summer months.

The four officers, assigned to area schools during the school year, will be deployed to the downtown core for the months of July and August.

The goals of the two-month project are as follows:

  • Increased presence
  • Increase in beat patrol and bicycle patrol
  • Dedicated presence (officers will not be pulled from the downtown to respond to call for service elsewhere)
  • Complaint driven projects on a variety of challenges
  • Referrals to community members and visitors
  • Discussions with business owners and staff on what they want our officers to assist them with (meaningful collaborations with outcomes)

A report will be completed at the end of the two month project on the outcomes of the project and next steps.

“As a Service we understand that our downtown is extremely important to Peterborough and we know our downtown is generally a very safe place,” says Deputy Chief of Police Tim Farquharson.

“As a result of our constant demand for service there are times when our downtown officers are pulled out of the area. This project is unique in that the officers will have a dedicated presence in the downtown for the summer months and will not be sent to other calls outside of their patrol zone.”

Thursday June 28, 2018 – Call from concerned citizen leads to arrest of Peterborough woman for impaired driving and over 80mgs

Calls for Service:
(June 27 at 8 a.m. to June 28 at 8 a.m.) 60

Impaired Arrest:
A call from a concerned citizen has led to the arrest of a Peterborough woman for charges including impaired driving.

On June 21, 2018 at approximately 2 a.m. police received a call from a citizen regarding a potential impaired driver in the King Street Parkade.

Officers were dispatched to the area and located the suspect vehicle. While speaking with the driver of the suspect vehicle officers noted a strong odour of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath.

A subsequent breath test revealed the driver had more than the legal limit of alcohol in her system while operating a motor vehicle.

As a result of the investigation Beverley Taylor, 49, of Rogers Street, was arrested and charged with impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with more than 80mgs of alcohol in blood. The accused was also served an automatic 90 day drivers licence suspension and seven day vehicle impoundment.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 19, 2018.

Break and Enter: Wentworth Avenue
The Peterborough Police Service is investigating after more than $7,000 in camera equipment was stolen from a vehicle.

On June 26, 2018 at approximately 8 a.m. unknown suspect(s) entered a vehicle parked in a Wentworth Avenue driveway and stole several pieces of camera equipment.

We remind residents to remove any valuables from your vehicle or keep those valuables hidden and out of plain sight.

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

Assault with a weapon Arrest:
A 16-year-old Peterborough teen has been charged with assault with a weapon following an investigation.

On June 18, 2018 the accused and the victim were in a Peterborough parking lot visiting with a friend when the accused burned the victim with his cigarette. The accused and victim know each other. The incident was later reported to police and officers investigated.

As a result of the investigation on June 19, 2018 officers attended a Peterborough address where the accused was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon and fail to comply with a sentence.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 9, 2018.

Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act the name of a young person cannot be released.

Break and Enter: Charlotte Street restaurant
The Peterborough Police Service is investigating following a break-in at a Charlotte Street restaurant.

Sometime between 2 p.m. on June 25, 2018 and 10 a.m. on June 26, 2018 unknown suspect(s) broke into a restaurant on Charlotte Street and stole an amount of cash.

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

Domestic assault Arrest:
A 37-year-old Peterborough man and a 34-year-old Peterborough woman are facing assault charges following an investigation.

On the evening of June 26, 2018 the victim was walking in the area of George Street when she was approached by the co-accused, her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.

An argument broke out between all parties that escalated into a physical dispute. During the incident it was reported that the co-accused assaulted the victim.

The incident was reported to police and officers investigated. On June 26, 2018 the co-accused were located at a Peterborough address where they were placed under arrest.

As a result of the investigation the co-accused were both charged with assault and fail to comply with a probation order.

The male accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on June 27, 2018. The female accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 26, 2018.

In order to protect the identity of the victim in this domestic-based incident the names of the co-accused will not be released.

Wednesday June 27, 2018 – Arrest made in Charlotte Mews Robbery

Calls for Service:
(June 26 at 8 a.m. to June 27 at 8 a.m.) 80

Robbery with theft Arrest:
A 33-year-old Peterborough man has been arrested and charged following a Friday morning robbery in the area of Charlotte Mews.

On June 22, 2018 at approximately 10:30 a.m. the victim was walking in the area of the Charlotte Mews when an unknown male grabbed her handbag off her arm and fled the area on foot. The incident was reported to police and officers were dispatched to the area. A short time later officers located the stolen purse and wallet that had been discarded in the area. Stolen from the purse was an amount of cash and a cell phone.

Through the investigation the suspect was identified. On June 26, 2018 officers located the suspect in the area of Park and Simcoe Streets.

As a result of the investigation Karl Michael Battle, 33, of no fixed address, Peterborough, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Robbery with theft
  • Fail to comply with a probation order

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (June 27).

Police issue warning after peterborough woman loses $187,000 to fraudsters in “Romance Scam”

The Peterborough Police Service continues to warn the community about the “Romance Scam” after a Peterborough woman lost more than $180,000 to fraudsters.

In August of 2017 the victim met the scammer on Facebook where a relationship was cultivated over the next several months. The scammer told the woman that he works in a job in a remote location where he cannot easily access funds and his bank accounts. Once a level of trust was established and a relationship formed the scammer asked the victim to borrow money. Over the course of many months the victim then sent the fraudster money via wire transfers. In this one scam the victim lost approximately $187,000.

“These scammers know all the right things to say to make the victim trust them and fall in love with them,” explains Detective Constable Keith Calderwood, Peterborough Police Service Fraud Unit.

“This scam doesn’t happen overnight. The fraudsters are extremely convincing and patient. They will spend several months developing a “relationship” with the victim before asking for money.”

Detective Constable Calderwood says since January 2018 there have been five romance scams involving five separate victims reported and investigated. In these scams the victims lost approximately $2,000, $4,400, $15,000, $46,000 and $187,000,

He notes that anyone can fall victim to this scam and the fraud targets people of all ages and gender.

“These scams are extremely difficult to solve that is why crime prevention is so crucial,” says Detective Constable Calderwood.

“We urge people to stop, pause and think before divulging any personal or banking information or transferring money to a person online whom you’ve never met.”

From the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:

Romance Scam – Recognize, reject and report it!

Recognize it: What is the Romance Scam?
A romance scam involves any individual with false romantic intentions toward a victim in order to gain their trust and affection for the purpose of obtaining the victim’s money or access to their bank accounts or credit cards. In some cases the suspect will even attempt to get the victim to commit fraud on their behalf, as a money mule (accepting, then transferring money or goods) often unknowingly. Most romance scams begin via social media sites or online dating sites.

  • Be suspicious when someone you haven’t met in person professes their love to you. Ask yourself –would someone I’ve never met really declare their love after only a few emails?
  • Be wary when someone you meet on social media wants to quickly move to a private mode of communication (email, text).
  • If trying to set up an in-person meeting, be suspicious if they always have an excuse not to meet.
  • If you do actually set up a meeting – tell family and friends when and where you’re going and meet in a local, public place.
  • Do not share personal (birthdate, address) or financial information with anyone you’ve only just met online or in person.
  • Never send intimate photos or video of yourself. The scammer may try to use these to blackmail you into sending money.
  • Be cautious when conversing with an individual that claims to live close to you but is working overseas.
  • Never under any circumstance send money for any reason. The scammer will make it seem like an emergency, they may even express distress or anger to make you feel guilty but DO NOT send money.
  • Should you be asked to accept money (e-transfer, cheque) or goods (usually electronics) for you to transfer/send elsewhere, do not accept to do so. This is usually a form of money laundering which is a criminal offence.
  • If you suspect a loved one may be a victim of a romance scam – based on any above points –explain the concerns and risks to them and help them get out of the situation.

Reject it: How can I protect myself or loved one?
Do an image search of the admirer to see if their photo has been taken from a stock photo site or someone else’s online profile;
Look for inconsistencies in their online profile vs. what they tell you;

Watch for poorly written, vague messages, sometimes even addressing you by wrong name –often scammers are working several victims at once;
If you have transferred money, stop the transaction if possible.

Report it: How should I respond?
If you did send money or share financial information, report it to the financial institution used e.g. your bank, Western Union, MoneyGram.

Gather all information pertaining to the situation, including the scammer’s profile name, how you made contact, social media screenshots, emails, etc. and contact your local police.
File a report with the CAFC toll-free at 1-888-495-8501 or online www.antifraudcentre.ca.

Notify the dating website or social media site where you met the scammer. Scammers usually have more than one account. Be proactive, tell family, friends, coworkers and neighbours about your experience to warn them about romance scams.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the Peterborough Police Service strongly recommends that you REPORT THE INCIDENT for the following reasons:

If you’ve sent money or transferred money or goods on behalf of a scammer, the police and financial institutions need to be aware in order to properly investigate, recover stolen funds and/or goods if possible and work toward preventing further criminal activity. Reporting romance scams helps fraud authorities to warn other people about current scams, monitor trends and disrupt scams where possible.

If you have been the victim of a scam, meaning you have lost money, please call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122. To report a scam please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online 

Tuesday June 26, 2018 – Peterborough woman facing charges including causing a disturbance and assaulting a peace officer following Sunday afternoon incident

Media Release for Tuesday June 26, 2018
Calls for Service:
(June 25 at 8 a.m. to June 26 at 8 a.m.) 82

Assault peace officer Arrest:
A 23-year-old Peterborough resident is facing charges including causing a disturbance and assaulting a peace officer following a Sunday afternoon incident.

On June 24, 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m. the accused became involved in a verbal dispute with several other persons in the area of Brock Street. It was reported that during the incident the accused yelled profanities at an unknown male and proceed to run after the male into the intersection of Water and Brock Streets with no regard for oncoming traffic.

Officers in the area at the time attempted to communicate with the accused at which point the accused continued to cause a disturbance and yelled threats at police.

The accused was subsequently placed under arrest for causing a disturbance at which point she resisted and assaulted an officer.

As a result of the investigation Karyna Carruthers, 23, of Chemong Road, is charged with the following:

  • Assault peace officer
  • Resist peace officer
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Cause disturbance
  • Fail to comply with a probation order

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 19, 2018.

June 23 – 25, 2018 – Weekend Wrap-Up Media Release

Calls for Service:
(June 22 at 8 a.m. to June 23 at 8 a.m.) 108
(June 23 at 8 a.m. to June 24 at 8 a.m.) 79
(June 24 at 8 a.m. to June 25 at 8 a.m.) 61

Robbery Investigation:
The Peterborough Police Service is investigating following a Friday morning robbery.

On June 22, 2018 at approximately 10:30 a.m. the victim was walking in the area of the Charlotte Mews when an unknown male grabbed her handbag off her arm and fled the area on foot. The incident was reported to police and officers were dispatched to the area.

The suspect is described as:

  • Male
  • Caucasian
  • Wearing dark pants, a grey/black camo type t-shirt
  • Carrying a black backpack

A short time later officers located the stolen purse and wallet that had been discarded in the area. Stolen from the purse was an amount of cash and a cell phone.

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

We are looking to identify the person in this photo in relation to a June 22, 2018 robbery.

We are looking to identify the person in this photo in relation to a June 22, 2018 robbery.

Impaired Arrest:
A 37-year-old E-bike driver is facing charges including impaired driving following an incident on Sherbrooke Street.

On June 19, 2018 at approximately 12:35 a.m. an officer on patrol saw a male operating an E-bike in the area of Sherbrooke Street lose control of the vehicle and crash on the roadway.

While speaking with the driver of the E-bike the officer noted an odour of alcohol coming from the man’s breath. A subsequent breath test revealed the driver had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system. The male was arrested and charged. While in custody the male damaged the cell area in the police station.

As a result of the investigation Justin Allan Hartley, 37, of McDonnel Street, is charged with the following:

  • Driving with more than 80mgs of alcohol in blood
  • Impaired driving
  • Mischief under $5,000

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 19, 2018.

Assault with a weapon Arrest:
The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged a 25-year-old Peterborough man with assault with a weapon following a Friday afternoon incident.

On June 22, 2018 at approximately 12:30 p.m. police were dispatched to a Park Street North residence for two males in a physical dispute. The two men know each other.

During the argument it was reported that one of the males struck the other male in the head with a piece of wood and metal pipe. EMS was also dispatched to the scene and the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment to his injuries.

As a result of the investigation Lucius James Moreau, 25 of Park Street North, was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 19, 2018.

Over 80mg Arrest:
A 24-year-old Peterborough man has been charged following a Saturday night traffic stop.

At approximately 11:35 p.m. on June 23, 2018 an officer saw a vehicle with an expired validation sticker travelling south on Stewart Street. The officer conducted a traffic stop and while speaking to the driver of the vehicle 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 while operating a motor vehicle.

As a result of the investigation Lorne John Wierenga, 24, of Wildlark Drive, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle with more than 80mg blood alcohol content. The accused was also served an automatic drivers licence suspension and seven day vehicle impoundment.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 12, 2018.

Break and enter: Charlotte Street business and adjacent property
The Peterborough Police Service is asking anyone with information to come forward following a break-in at a Charlotte Street business.

Sometime between 6:30 p.m. on June 20, 2018 and 7:20 a.m. on June 21, 2018 unknown suspect(s) broke into a locked Charlotte Street business and a residential property attached to the business that is currently being renovated. Once inside the thieves stole items including power tools and a tablet.

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

Friday June 22, 2018 – Second arrest made in traffic investigation

Calls for Service:
(June 21 at 8 a.m. to June 22 at 8 a.m.) 110

Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose Arrest:
The Peterborough Police Service has made a second arrest following a traffic investigation.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on June 16, 2018 the victims were driving in a motor vehicle when another vehicle driven by the accused began following closely behind them and driving in a manner that was dangerous to the public including travelling at a high rate of speed, driving alongside the victim’s vehicle into on-coming traffic and eventually rear-ending the victim’s vehicle. The parties in both vehicles know each other. As a result of the investigation a 21-year-old Peterborough man was initially arrested and charged (See original media release)

During the incident it was reported that a passenger in the suspect vehicle was observed hanging out the window of the vehicle swinging a baseball bat at the victim’s vehicle causing damage and yelling threats at the victims.

On June 19, 2018 a warrant was issued for the arrest of the co-accused, Shawn Michael Munro, 24, of no fixed address, Peterborough, for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, mischief under $5,000 and fail to comply with a probation order.

On June 22, 2018 officers located the accused in the area of Townsend Street near Rubidge Street where he was arrested on the warrant.

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (June 22).

Thursday June 21, 2018 – Two Peterborough men charged following search warrant at Braidwood Avenue home where fentanyl, cocaine and other drugs seized

Calls for Service:
(June 20 at 8 a.m. to June 21 at 8 a.m.) 88

Drug Arrests:
Two Peterborough men are facing several charges following a search warrant at a Braidwood Avenue home where members of the Drug Unit located and seized items including fentanyl, cocaine and heroin.

As a result of an ongoing investigation by the Peterborough Police Service’s Intelligence, Crime Analyst, Asset Forfeiture and Drug (ICAD) Unit on June 20, 2018 members of the Peterborough Police Service’s Emergency Response Team conducted a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant at a Braidwood Avenue home.

During the search warrant officers located and seized items including the following:

  • 14.3 grams of cocaine
  • 23 grams of heroin/fentanyl
  • 14.8 grams of marijuana
  • Oxycocet pills
  • Approximately $2,143 in Canadian currency
  • Round of ammunition
  • Weigh scale

As a result of the search warrant the following persons were arrested and charged:

Leroy Bennett, 57, of Braidwood Avenue, is charged with the following:

  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (Heroin)
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (Fentanyl)
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (Cocaine)
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (Hydromorphine)
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (Oxycocet)
  • Possession of a schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking (Marijuana under 30grams)
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • Careless storage of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition (ammunition)

Raheem Smalling, 24, of Romaine Street, is charged with the following:

  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (Heroin)
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (Fentanyl)
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000

During the search warrant officers also located a large quantity of stolen property. The investigation is ongoing.

Both accused were held in custody and are scheduled to appear in court later today (June 21).

Impaired/Drug Arrest:
A 29-year-old Toronto man is facing drug and impaired driving charges following a traffic stop earlier in June.

On June 4, 2018 at approximately 9:15 p.m. an officer on patrol observed a truck driving in excess of the speed limit in the area of Parkhill Road and conducted a traffic stop. While speaking with the male driver of the vehicle officers noted an odour of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath.

A subsequent breath test revealed the driver had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system while operating a motor vehicle. During the investigation the driver was found to be in possession of a quantity of cocaine.

As a result of the investigation Lawrence Raymond Titus, 29, of Annette Street, Toronto, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of a schedule I substance (Cocaine)
  • Impaired driving
  • Operating a motor vehicle with more than 80mgs alcohol in blood

The accused was also served a 90 day automatic drivers licence suspension and a seven day vehicle impoundment.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on June 28, 2018

Wednesday June 20, 2018 – Peterborough man arrested and charged following investigation into stolen copper

Calls for Service:
(June 19 at 8 a.m. to June 20 at 8 a.m.) 85

Possession of stolen property Arrest:
A 38-year-old Peterborough man has been arrested and charged following an investigation into stolen copper.

On June 5, 2018 and June 14, 2018 warrants were issued for the arrest of the accused for breach of probation. Another warrant was also issued on June 18, 2018 for breach of recognizance. On June 19, 2018 officers located the accused in the area of Charlotte Street where he was arrested on the warrants.

Through further investigation it was revealed that in late May 2018 the accused had attended a

scrap metal yard and sold copper plumbing fittings and several bundles of copper tubing that had been stolen from a local store. The accused was additionally charged with possession of stolen property and fail to comply with a probation order in relation to the incident on May 29, 2018.

Robert David Able, 38, of no fixed address, Peterborough, is charged with the following:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • Breach of probation X3
  • Breach of recognizance

The accused was held in custody and appeared in court on June 19, 2018.

Break and Enter:
The Peterborough Police Service is asking anyone with information to come forward following a break-in at a Chemong Road apartment.

The break-in is reported to have occurred between June 6, 2018 and June 7, 2018. Once inside the apartment thieves stole a television, an Xbox gaming system and a bicycle.

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