Special Media Release: Two Local Arrests Made in Month-Long Provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Investigation

A 29-year-old Peterborough man and a 57-year-old Selwyn Township man are facing charges including possession of child pornography and making child pornography available following a month-long provincial investigation.

The Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet is a multi-disciplinary Province-wide approach to combat internet crimes against children. It is comprised of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Section, 26 Municipal Police Services including the Peterborough Police Service and the Ministries of the Attorney General and Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Investigations were conducted for the month of November 2018 by all Provincial Strategy partners along with the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency and the United States Homeland Security.

The results of those investigations were formally announced at a multi-jurisdictional media conference held today (Dec. 5) in Toronto. Representing the Peterborough Police Service at the media conference are Inspector Neil Collins and Sergeant Mark Elliott.

A total of 267 judicial authorizations were obtained, resulting in 551 charges against 122 persons, including 11 youth who cannot be identified under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

In addition, 55 victims were identified during the investigations and referred to appropriate community-based resources for assistance. Police also seized a total of 17 firearms three of which were loaded handguns.

Locally, the contributions of the Peterborough Police Service involved the execution of two search warrants in the City of Peterborough and assisting the Ontario Provincial Police with a search warrant in Peterborough County.

As a result of one police investigation, Tyler Krobath, 29, of Peterborough, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of Child Pornography
  • Import, Distribute, Sell or Possess for the Purpose of Distribution or Sale of any Child Pornography
  • Accessing Child Pornography

The accused appeared in court on November 22, 2018.

During another investigation the Peterborough Police Service assisted the OPP in the execution of a search warrant.

As a result of that search warrant Robert Alguire, 57, of Selwyn Township, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of Child Pornography x 3
  • Make Available Child Pornography x 2

The accused appeared in court on November 30, 2018.

One investigation remains on-going as a result of another warrant executed within the City of Peterborough pending forensic examination of the electronics.

In total 38 electronic devices were seized for further examination.

The 26 Municipal Police Services currently in the Provincial Strategy include: Barrie, Brantford, Durham, Guelph, Halton, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Niagara, Ottawa, Peel, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Waterloo, Windsor, York, Belleville, Chatham-Kent, Cornwall, North Bay, Peterborough, Sarnia, Timmins and Woodstock.

Education and Prevention:
The Peterborough Police Service strongly encourages parents and guardians to educate themselves to help keep children safe and predators out of both our real and virtual communities.

There are many ways for parents/guardians to protect their children. They can:

Be involved and know their child’s online activities.
Remind children to protect their passwords; encourage them not to share passwords with friends.
Use caution with web cams. Unplug web cams when they’re not in use.
Be sure of who they’re talking to before allowing them to turn on a web cam.
Make sure children are cautious with what content they post online.
Know their online friends the same way they know friends in real life.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection offers dozens of resources for adults and children of all ages regarding child safety.

We encourage all members of the public to visit Canadian Centre for Child Protection and Understand and identify child sexual abuse to access these educational resources.

Wednesday December 5, 2018 – Police investigating after thieves break into unlocked Orpington Road home

Calls for Service:
(Dec. 4 at 8 a.m. to Dec. 5 at 8 a.m.) 71

Break-in: Orpington Road
The Peterborough Police Service is investigating following a break-in at an Orpington Road home.

Sometime between 1:10 p.m. and 4 p.m. on December 4, 2018 unknown person(s) entered a residence on Orpington Road through an unlocked front door. Once inside the person(s) stole more than $9,000 in items including an ipad, a large quantity of cash and a MacBook Pro. The homeowners were not home at the time of the incident.

Everyone has a role to play in crime prevention. We remind residents to help us help you by taking a moment to ensure your home is locked and secured before leaving.

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 online 

Tuesday December 4, 2018 – Peterborough man is facing charges including sexual interference following an investigation

Calls for Service:
(Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. to Dec. 4 at 8 a.m.) 64

Sexual interference Arrest:
A 25-year-old Peterborough man is facing charges including sexual interference following an investigation.

In November of 2018 the Peterborough Police Service received information regarding the accused being involved in an inappropriate relationship with a person under 16 years of age.

On December 3, 2018 police attended a Peterborough residence where, as a result of the investigation the accused was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Sexual interference
  • Fail to comply with the conditions of an undertaking
  • Fail to comply with a probation order

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Dec. 4).

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

Domestic assault Arrest:
The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged a 35-year-old Peterborough woman with domestic assault following an investigation.

On the afternoon of December 3, 2018 it was reported to police that the accused had assaulted the male victim while they were at their Peterborough residence. The incident was reported to police and officers attended where they located the accused still at the residence.

As a result of the investigation the accused was arrested and charged with domestic assault.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on January 3, 2019.

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

Over 80mg Arrest:
A 61-year-old Peterborough man has been arrested and charged with driving a motor vehicle with more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system following a traffic stop.

At approximately 11:20 p.m. on November 24, 2018 an officer on patrol conducted a traffic stop after observing a motor vehicle travelling in excess of the speed limit the area of George and Lansdowne Streets. While speaking with the driver of the vehicle the officer noted an odour of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. 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 Kirk Gordon Haley, 61, of Champlain Crescent, was arrested and charged with driving with more than 80mg of alcohol in blood. The accused was 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 December 13, 2018.

Assault Arrest:
A 20-year-old Peterborough area man has been arrested and charged with two counts of assault following a family dispute.

On the night of December 3, 2018 officers attended a Peterborough area residence for a family dispute. It was reported that during the dispute the accused assaulted his mother and sister.

As a result of the investigation the accused was arrested and charged with assault X2.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on December 20, 2018.

In order to protect the identity of the victims in this domestic-based incident the name of the accused will not be released

Break-in: Crown Drive
The Peterborough Police Service is investigating following a break-in at an industrial complex in the City.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on December 3, 2018 unknown person(s) broke into a unit located in a commercial complex on Crown Drive in Peterborough. Once inside the person(s) stole a cash box containing an amount of money.

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 online

Dec. 1 – 3, 2018 – Belleville, Ontario man arrested and charged following a weekend incident in Peterborough

Calls for Service:
(Nov. 30 at 8 a.m. to Dec. 1 at 8 a.m.) 98
(Dec. 1 at 8 a.m. to Dec. 2 at 8 a.m.) 75
(Dec. 2 at 8 a.m. to Dec. 3 at 8 a.m.) 56

Assault with intent to resist arrest:
A 41-year-old Belleville, Ontario man has been arrested and charged following a weekend incident in Peterborough.

On December 2, 2018 at approximately 1:40 a.m. officers attended a Peterborough hotel as part of an ongoing investigation. During the investigation the accused was arrested by officers in order to prevent a breach of the peace. While attempting to place the male under arrest the male resisted and assaulted an officer.
As a result of the investigation Jamie Ashley, 41, of Gordon Street, Belleville, is charged with assault with intent to resist arrest.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on December 20, 2018.

Friday November 30, 2018 – Peterborough resident facing drug charges following a bicycle stop where police located and seized purple heroin and crack cocaine

Calls for Service:
(Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 30 at 8 a.m.) 58

Drug Arrest:
A 23-year-old Peterborough man is facing drug charges following a bicycle stop where police located and seized purple heroin and crack cocaine.

On November 30, 2018 at approximately 12:10 a.m. an officer stopped a male riding a bicycle in the area of Aylmer and Rink Streets for improper bicycle lighting under the Highway Traffic Act. Through further investigation the male was found to be in possession of purple heroin (heroin mixed with fentanyl) and crack cocaine.

As a result of the investigation Mackenzie David Smith, 23, of no fixed address, Peterborough, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of a schedule I substance (Heroin)
  • Possession of a schedule I substance (Cocaine)
  • Fail to comply with a recognizance

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Nov. 30).

Domestic assault Arrest:
A 24-year-old Peterborough man has been arrested and charged with domestic assault following a Wednesday night incident.

On the night of November 28, 2018 the accused and female victim became involved in an argument while driving in the City. During the argument it was reported that the accused assaulted the victim including pulling her out of the vehicle onto the ground. Police were called and officers investigated.

As a result of the investigation the accused was later arrested at a Peterborough residence and charged with domestic assault.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on December 20, 2018.

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

Break-in: Hilliard Street
The Peterborough Police Service is investigating a break-in to a Hilliard Street home after thieves made their way into the residence through an insecure window.

The break-in occurred sometime between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on November 26, 2018 while the homeowner was away. Once inside the residence items including a large television, a tablet, an android box and a media player were stolen.

Everyone has a role to play in crime prevention. We remind citizens to double-triple check to ensure all doors and windows are properly locked and secured when leaving their residence.

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 online. 

Wednesday November 28, 2018 – Peterborough Police Service warning residents of scam currently circulating in the area

Calls for Service:
(Nov. 27 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 28 at 8 a.m.) 67

Scam Alert:
The Peterborough Police Service is warning residents of a scam currently circulating in our area.

Our Service recently received information regarding an unknown person going door-to-door in the City seeking donations on behalf of the Peterborough Fire Services. This is a scam. Peterborough Fire Services does not solicit funds from citizens.

To report a fraud or scam under $5,000 please visit our online non-emergency crime portal https://www.peterboroughpolice.com/report/a-crime/

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 online 

Break-in:
The Peterborough Police Service is asking anyone with information to come forward following a break-in to a George Street North apartment.

On November 27, 2018 between 10:40 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. the residents were asleep in their apartment when unknown person(s) entered the apartment through an unlocked door. Once inside the thieves stole more than $3,000 in items including a laptop and a designer wallet from the lower level of the apartment.

The Peterborough Police Service reminds residents to double-triple check to ensure all doors are properly locked and secured before leaving the residence or heading to bed.

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 online

Theft Arrest:
A 32-year-old Peterborough man has been arrested and charged following a theft from a downtown store.

On November 27, 2018 at approximately 1:55 p.m. a person entered a George Street North sports store and stole sweaters off the shelf before fleeing the store on foot without paying for the merchandise. A store employee attempted to follow the person. An officer on general patrol saw the foot chase and intervened

The accused was located in the area and as a result of the investigation was arrested and charged.

Terry Pheap Thang, 32, of no fixed address, Peterborough, is charged with theft under $5,000 and fail to comply with a probation order.

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Nov. 28).

Tuesday November 27, 2018 – Peterborough man charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement following incident

Calls for Service:
(Nov. 26 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 27 at 8 a.m.) 84

Sexual assault/forcible confinement Arrest:
A 40-year-old Peterborough man has been arrested and charged after a teen was sexually assaulted and forcibly confined in a vehicle.

At approximately 3:20 a.m. on November 11, 2018 a teenage female outside a George Street North restaurant was offered a ride home by an unknown male in a dark coloured vehicle.

During the incident the victim was sexually assaulted and prevented from leaving the vehicle. Following the incident the victim was driven back to her original location. The incident was later reported to police and officers investigated.

On November 26, 2018 officers located the accused in the area of Brock and George Streets where, as a result of the investigation, he was placed under arrest and charged.

Mostafa Alkhalil, 40, of McDonnel Street, is charged with the following:

  • Sexual assault
  • Forcible confinement

Description of accused:

  • Male in his 40’s
  • Middle Eastern descent
  • Shorter build
  • Short dark hair
  • Dark, unshaven facial hair
  • Unknown clothing description
  • Heavy accent
  • Driving a dark coloured vehicle

Police believe there may be more victims. Anyone wishing to report further information is asked to please contact Peterborough Police Service Detective Constable Mike Stephens at 705-876-1122.

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

Nov. 24 – 26, 2018 – Peterborough man charged with assault with a weapon following incident

Calls for Service:
(Nov. 23 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 24 at 8 a.m.) 90
(Nov. 24 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 25 at 8 a.m.) 53
(Nov. 25 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 26 at 8 a.m.) 53

Domestic assault with a weapon Arrest:
An 18-year-old Peterborough man has been charged with assault with a weapon and assault following an incident.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on November 26, 2018 the accused and female victim were at their Peterborough residence when the accused assaulted the victim and stabbed the victim in the arm with a pair of scissors. Police were contacted and officers were dispatched to the residence.

As a result of the investigation the accused was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon and assault.

The accused was held in custody and will appear in court later today (Nov. 26).

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

Mischief Arrest:
The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged a 33-year-old Havelock, Ontario man with mischief after a window at a downtown restaurant was smashed.

On November 24, 2018 at approximately 2:45 a.m. officers on foot patrol in the area of Charlotte and George Streets were notified that a window had been smashed at a Charlotte Street restaurant. Witnesses in the area provided police with information regarding the male suspect. Officers located the male suspect still in the area.

As a result of the investigation Gary Douglas Williams, 33, of North School Road, Havelock, was arrested and charged with mischief under $5,000.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on December 13, 2018.

Assault Arrest:
A 36-year-old Peterborough man has been arrested and charged with assault following an incident at the Simcoe Street courthouse.

On November 23, 2018 at approximately 1:40 p.m. the accused assaulted another male while both parties were in the cell area at the Ontario Court of Justice located on Simcoe Street in Peterborough.

As a result of the investigation Corey Allan Boshaw, 36, of Fairbairn Street, was arrested and charged with assault.

The accused appeared in court on the charge on November 23, 2018.

Possession of stolen property Arrest:
A 41-year-old Peterborough man is facing charges including possession of stolen property after a bank card stolen from a vehicle was used at a local gas station and convenience store.

On November 5, 2018 the victim’s wallet was stolen from his truck parked at his Peterborough residence.

Following the theft the victim’s tap debit card was used on November 6, 2018 at a Lansdowne Street West gas station and convenience store. Through the investigation the male suspect was identified.

On November 21, 2018 officers attended a Peterborough residence where, as a result of the investigation, the accused was located and placed under arrest.

Robert Neilson Coleman, 41, of Cameron Street, is charged with possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 and use of credit card.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on December 13, 2018.

Break-in- River Road South residence
The Peterborough Police Service is investigating following a break-in at a River Road South home.

Sometime between 4 p.m. on November 23, 2018 and 10:30 a.m. on November 24, 2018 unknown person(s) smashed a window to a River Road South and once inside stole assorted items of clothing. The homeowner was not home at the time of the incident.

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 online

Break-in: Brock Street offices
The Peterborough Police Service is asking anyone with information to come forward after a weekend break-in at a Brock Street office building.

On November 24, 2018 at approximately 5:20 a.m. an unknown person broke into a locked Brock Street office building. Once inside the person rummaged through several offices. At this time it is not known what, if any, property was stolen.

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 online

Break-in: Lansdowne Street West ATM
The Peterborough Police Service is investigating following a break-in to a Lansdowne Street West bank kiosk.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. on November 23, 2018 unknown person(s) broke into a bank kiosk located in a Lansdowne Street West parking lot. No entry was made to the safe and the contents were secure.

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 online 

Fraud Alert – Local business loses $200,000 in fraudulent transactions

The Peterborough Police Service is warning large and small businesses alike to use extreme caution when conducting over the phone credit card transactions after a local contracting supply store was scammed out of more than $200,000.

Between mid-October 2018 and mid-November 2018 two unknown males called a local contracting supply store and ordered home renovation supplies. During each transaction the store employee processed the credit card information over the phone. Each time a transaction was approved an unknown person attended the store the next day and picked up the goods. The total product ordered was approximately $202,000.

In mid-November the store owners contacted the Peterborough Police Service to report being the victim of a card-not-present scam.

A card-not-present scam is a payment transaction made where the cardholder is not physically present during the transaction. Instead, the credit card is processed over the phone with the scammer providing stolen or bogus credit card information.

“Merchants need to use extreme caution when conducting credit card transactions over the phone. This is a very dangerous way of conducting sales that makes the merchant extremely vulnerable to fraud,” says Detective Constable Keith Calderwood, Peterborough Police Service Fraud Unit.

“Merchants also need to be fully aware that credit card companies will not reimburse businesses for lost revenue as a result of a card-not-present scam.”

Detective Constable Calderwood states if a business must conduct over the phone transactions it should only be done with customers they are familiar with and have done business with before.

“New customers need to physically come into the store and show either the actual credit card or a copy of the credit card before the business releases any goods or products. This will help ensure the person’s identity and the credit card information,” says Detective Constable Calderwood.

“Develop a best practice for your business and speak with your payment processor company about the risks and responsibilities.”

The Peterborough Police Service is also investigating a second fraud that recently took place at a local business.

On October 27, 2018 a man and woman attended a Simcoe Street store and made a purchase totalling approximately $450. While making the purchase the male suspect distracted the clerk while the female suspect hid the pin pad out of the clerk’s view. While the credit card was inserted the female suspected inputted a 13 digit override reference number into the machine and then swiped a second unknown card along the side of the pin pad. This action authorized the purchase. The male and female then took the products and left the store.

The store manager was notified days later that the credit card company was not honouring the purchase due to the credit card being stolen. A payment processing company that supplies the handheld terminal also advised they would not be covering the loss.

Detective Constable Calderwood says store employees should be attentive when a customer is making a purchase with a pin pad and warning bells should go off if it appears a longer code is being entered. He notes that employees often turn away or are not paying attention when a customer is using the pin pad in order to provide privacy but some measure of awareness needs to take place.

“Customers are also reminded to track their bank statements frequently during the holiday period to ensure they are not being scammed. Credit card companies have apps that will update customers in real time on any large purchases made,” he says.

“With the holiday shopping season ramping up and Black Friday taking place tomorrow we are urging store owners and employees to remain vigilant during transactions of any type,” says Detective Constable Calderwood.

Both incidents are currently under investigation.

If local businesses have any questions or concerns please call Detective Constable Calderwood at 705-876-1122 ext. 214

For more information please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or visit online 

Wednesday November 21, 2018 – Police investigating following break-ins to vehicles

Calls for Service:
(Nov. 20 at 8 a.m. to Nov 21 at 8 a.m.) 78

Vehicle break-ins:
The Peterborough Police Service is asking the public to come forward with information after recent break-ins to vehicles throughout the City.

The four incidents took place between the night of November 19, 2018 and this morning (Nov.21). One vehicle was parked at the Evinrude Centre, another vehicle was parked at an Albert Street residence, a further vehicle was parked at a Murray Street home and the last vehicle was parked at a residence in the area of Earlwood Drive and Sherbrooke Street.

In three of the incidents a large rock was thrown through the window of the vehicle allowing thieves to gain access to items inside. Stolen from inside the vehicles were items including a purse containing a large quantity of cash, a coat, vehicle ownership and insurance and personal identification and banking cards.

We remind residents to keep all valuables in their car out of plain sight or take any valuables with you when you leave.

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 online