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

Tuesday November 20, 2018 – Peterborough man charged following traffic stop

Calls for Service:
(Nov. 19 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 20 at 8 a.m.) 72

Over 80mgs Arrest:
A 24-year-old Peterborough man has been charged following a traffic stop earlier in November.

At approximately 3:20 a.m. on November 11, 2018 an officer on patrol observed the accused driving a motor vehicle erratically in the area of Bethune and Hunter Streets. The officer conducted a traffic stop and a subsequent breath test revealed the driver had approximately twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system while operating a motor vehicle.

As a result of the investigation Alan John Jacak, 24, of Hunter Street West, was arrested and charged with driving with more than 80mgs of alcohol in blood.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on November 29, 2018.

The accused was issued an automatic 90 day drivers licence suspension and a seven day vehicle impoundment.

Mischief over $5,000 Arrest:
The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged a 49-year-old man with mischief after vehicles in the area of Burnham Street were damaged.

On November 15, 2018 at approximately 3 p.m. a suspicious male was seen damaging vehicles in the area of Burnham Street in Peterborough. Police were notified and officers were dispatched to the area.

A short time later officers located the suspicious male still in the area. Two vehicles parked on Burnham Street were located with damage in excess of $5,000.

As a result of the investigation Ernest Paul Rak, 49, of Murray Street, was arrested and charged with mischief over $5,000 X2 and fail to comply with a probation order.

The accused was held in custody and appeared in court on November 16, 2018.

Nov. 17 – 19, 2018 – Omemee, Ontario man charged with impaired driving by Cannabis

Calls for Service:
(Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 17 at 8 a.m.) 53
(Nov. 17 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 18 at 8 a.m.) 73
(Nov. 18 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 19 at 8 a.m.) 54

Impaired Arrest:
A 30-year-old Omemee, Ontario man has been arrested and charged with impaired driving by Cannabis following a Saturday night motor vehicle collision in Peterborough.

At approximately 9:45 p.m. on November 17, 2018 police received a call from a concerned motorist reporting an erratic driver heading north on Armour Road swerving across the roadway and striking snowbanks on the side of the road. The motorist stayed on the line with dispatchers and continued to follow the driver. The driver then approached the intersection of Nassau Mills Road and Water Street where he failed to stop for the red light and struck a vehicle traveling northbound on Water Street.

Officers attended and located the accused. Through the investigation, which included the use of a qualified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), the accused was determined to be impaired by Cannabis.

As a result of the investigation Derek Scott Emery, 30, of Cedarview Drive, Omemee, Ontario, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Impaired driving by drug (Cannabis)
  • Red light – fail to stop (Highway Traffic Act)

The accused was served an automatic 90 day 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.

Domestic assault Arrest:
A 47-year-old Peterborough man is facing charges including domestic assault and unauthorized possession of a firearm following a Sunday night incident.

On the night of November 18, 2018 the accused and female victim became involved in a verbal dispute at their Peterborough residence. During the dispute the accused assaulted the victim. Neighbours overheard the dispute and called police.

Officers attended the residence where, during the course of the investigation, officers located and seized three rifles and a crossbow as well as ammunition from the apartment. Police confirmed that the accused did not have a valid firearms licence.

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

  • Assault
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Careless storage of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Nov. 19).

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

Domestic assault Arrest:
The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged a 36-year-old Peterborough man with domestic assault following two incidents.

On the night of October 31, 2018 the accused and female victim became involved in an argument at a Peterborough residence during which time the victim was assaulted. During another argument on November 15, 2018 the victim was assaulted again by the accused. The incidents were reported to police on November 18, 2018 and officers investigated.

As a result of the investigation on November 18, 2018 officers attended a Peterborough residence where the accused was arrested and charged with domestic assault X2.

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Nov. 19).

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

Thursday November 15, 2018 – A 20-year-old male charged with 2 assaults and breach of probation after assaulting a family female member and the family member’s female friend.

Calls for Service:
(14 Nov. at 8 a.m. to 15 Nov. at 8 a.m.) 83

Break and Enter to Business:

A business that operates on The Queensway was entered and a quantity of cash was stolen.

On November 14, 2018, police responded to an alarm at a business on The Queensway. It was discovered that the business had been entered and a large quantity of cash had been removed.

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.

 

Assault X 2 and Breach of Probation:

A 20-year-old male has been charged with two assaults and breach of probation after assaulting a family female member and the family member’s female friend.

On November 14, 2018 at approximately 11:50 a.m., it was reported to police that a male, 20, was sleeping on a couch in a residence on Aylmer Street. There were two other occupants in the residence socializing. The noise disturbed the male and he assaulted the two females. Both did not require any medical attention.

Police attended and arrested the male. He is charged with two counts of assault and fail to comply with probation order.

The male was held in custody and will be appearing in court this morning.

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

 

Wednesday November 14, 2018 – A 54-year-old male has been charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats after a male victim reported a knife was pulled on him and a threat was made to him.

Calls for Service:
(13 Nov. at 8 a.m. to 14 Nov. at 8 a.m.) 60 calls

Assault with a Weapon and Uttering Threats:

A 54-year-old male has been charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats after a male victim reported a knife was pulled on him and a threat was made to him.

On November 13, 2018 at approximately 9:10 p.m., police were called to attend an address on Park Street. It was reported that a male victim was involved with the accused, Michael Schieb, 54, of McDonnel Street, in an altercation. Schieb is reported to have pulled a knife on the victim and uttered a threat to cause death or bodily harm. During the altercation the victim received superficial cuts to a hand. These were treated by paramedics at the scene.

Charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats – cause death or bodily harm is the accused, Schieb. He was held in custody to appear in court this morning.

Criminal Harassment:

A male, 37, has been charged with criminal harassment after having unwanted communication by an ex female partner.

On November 12, 2018 a female victim reported to police that between 10-11 November, 2018 she received several texts from an ex-boyfriend that were unwanted. The ex-boyfriend had been previously asked to stop communicating with the victim.

On November 13, 2018, the ex-boyfriend attended the police station and was arrested and charged with criminal harassment – repeatedly communicate. He was released from custody to attend court on November 29, 2018.

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

Tuesday November 13, 2018 – A 26-year-old male has been charged with break and enter after officers found the male inside of a business on Charlotte Street.

(Nov. 09 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 10 at 8 a.m.) 71
(Nov. 10 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 11 at 8 a.m.) 64
(Nov. 11 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 12 at 8 a.m.) 55
(Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 13 at 8 a.m.) 51

Break and Enter:

A 26-year-old male has been charged with break and enter after officers found the male inside of a business on Charlotte Street.

On November 10, 2018 at approximately 3:20 a.m., police responded to a 911 call in which it was reported that the front glass window of a business on Charlotte Street was smashed out and a male was seen going inside the business. Upon arrival police located a male inside.
Cody Steven Donald Donaldson, 26, of Wolfe Street was arrested and charged with break, enter a place – with intent to commit indictable offence.

He was released from custody to attend court on November 29, 2018.

Break, Enter and Theft:

A residence on Brinton Drive was entered through a broken window and various electronic items were stolen. There was approximately $900 in theft and $120 in damage. Suspect(s) are unknown.

On November 09, 2018, police attended a residence on Brinton Drive. It was reported that between 07-09 November 2018 an unknown suspect(s) entered the residence through a smashed window. Various electronic items were reported stolen. It is estimated that the property stolen is approximately $900 and damage $120.

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 and Resisting Arrest:

An 18-year-old female has been charged with theft under $5000, assault with intent to resist arrest and breach of probation.

On November 11, 2018 at approximately 12:30 p.m., a loss prevention officer at a business on Charlotte Street reports observing a female taking items off a shelf and attempted to leave the store passing all points of purchase. The female was approached by the loss prevention officer (l.p.o.) and was arrested for theft. The female became resistive and assaulted the l.p.o. The female was apprehended and held for police. Police attended and charged Kayla Mackenzie Pigeon, 18, of Rutherford Avenue with theft under $5000, assault with intent to resist arrest and fail to comply with probation order. She was held in custody to appear in weekend and statutory holiday court November 12, 2018.

All property was recovered. The l.p.o. did not receive any significant injuries.

Mischief, Criminal Harassment and Fail to Comply:

A male, 27, has been charged with mischief, criminal harassment and fail to comply with conditions of undertaking given by officer-in-charge after following an ex female partner for several hours in a vehicle, stopping her and damaging her car.

It has been reported by a female victim on November 04, 2018 that her ex male partner followed her around in a vehicle on October 29, 2018 and again on October 30, 2018. She reports that on October 30, 2018 the male cut her off, got out of his vehicle and caused damage to her vehicle. The male is also on conditions to have no contact with her from a previous incident.

On November 07, 2018 a 27-year-old male attended the station where he was arrested and charged with mischief, criminal harassment and fail to comply with conditions of undertaking given by officer-in-charge. He was released from custody to appear in court on November 29, 2018.

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

Friday November 9, 2018 – Second person arrested on charges including assault causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose following a break-in at Peterborough home

Calls for Service:
(Nov. 8 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 9 at 8 a.m.) 72

Break and enter/Assault causing bodily harm Arrest:
A second person has been arrested on charges including assault causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose following a break-in at a Peterborough home.

On November 7, 2018 at approximately 8:40 p.m. it was reported that a group of men attended a Peterborough residence and brandishing baseball bats with nails protruding from them broke into the residence after being denied entry. Information received also indicated two of the men were in possession of knives.

During the incident a male victim was injured and a female victim, who attempted to follow the co-accused once they fled the residence, was also injured. The persons involved in this incident know each other.

Police and Peterborough Paramedics were contacted and attended the residence. Both victims were taken to a local hospital for assessment and treatment to their injuries.

During the early morning hours of November 8, 2018 officers located one of the accused at a Peterborough residence where he was arrested and charged (See original media release)

At approximately 10 a.m. on November 8, 2018 officers located the second co-accused at a residence in Cavan Monaghan.

As a result of the investigation Jarred Alexander Scott, 20, of Stewart Line, Township of Cavan Monaghan, is charged with the following:

  • Assault causing bodily harm
  • Break and enter
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Fail to comply with a probation order.

The accused was held in custody and appeared in court on November 8, 2018.

The investigation is ongoing.

Sexual assault Arrest:
A 55-year-old Peterborough man has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and assault following an incident earlier in November.

On November 7, 2018 police received information regarding a sexual assault and assault that had occurred the night of November 3, 2018 while the accused and female victim were at a social gathering in Peterborough. The accused and victim know each other.

On November 7, 2018 officers located the accused at a Peterborough residence where, as a result of the investigation, he was placed under arrest.

Gregory Gordon Ellis, 55, of Talwood Court, is charged with the following:

  • Sexual assault
  • Assault

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on November 29, 2018.

Break and enter: Huntington Circle
The Peterborough Police Service is reminding resident to double-triple check to ensure doors and windows at their home are properly secured following a break-in to a Huntington Circle home.

Sometime between 1 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. on November 8, 2018 unknown person(s) entered the home through an unlocked rear door while the homeowner was away. Once inside items including two laptop computers, two purses and jewellery were 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

Thursday November 8, 2018 – Peterborough man facing charges including assault causing bodily harm following ongoing investigation into a break-in at Peterborough home

Calls for Service:
(Nov. 7 at 8 a.m. to Nov. 8 at 8 a.m.) 64

Break and enter/Assault causing bodily harm Arrest:
A 21-year-old Peterborough man is facing charges including assault causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose following an ongoing investigation into a break-in at a Peterborough home.

On November 7, 2018 at approximately 8:40 p.m. it was reported that a group of men attended a Peterborough residence and brandishing baseball bats with nails protruding from them broke into the residence after being denied entry. Information received also indicated two of the men were in possession of knives.

During the incident a male victim was injured and a female victim, who attempted to follow the co-accused once they fled the residence, was also injured. The persons involved in this incident know each other.

Police and Peterborough Paramedics were contacted and attended the residence. Both victims were taken to a local hospital for assessment and treatment to their injuries.

At approximately 1:15 a.m. on November 8, 2018 officers located one of the accused at a Peterborough residence.

As a result of the investigation Jordan Donoghue, 21, of Ireland Drive, Peterborough, is charged with the following:

  • Assault causing bodily harm
  • Break and enter
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Disguise with intent

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court today (Nov. 8).

The investigation is ongoing.

Mischief Arrest:
A 17-year-old Peterborough teen has been arrested and charged following a mischief incident at a local grocery store.

On November 6, 2018 the accused attended a Brock Street grocery store four times between 8:20 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. and threw a large rock at the windows in the front vestibule causing the glass to break.

Through the investigation the accused was identified. At approximately 12:30 a.m. on November 7, 2018 officers located the accused on Brock Street where she was arrested and charged with mischief.

The accused was held in custody and appeared in court on November 7, 2018.

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

Crime Prevention Week: Help Us Help You and Lock-it-or-lose it!

During Crime Prevention Week (Nov. 4 -10) the Peterborough Police Service is reminding residents to lock-it-or-lose-it.

Our Service continues to see break-ins to unlocked vehicles throughout the City including a break-in to a vehicle sometime between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on November 5, 2018 where unknown person(s) stole items including several sets of keys.

With this year’s theme for Crime Prevention Week being Help Us Help You our Service is reminding residents that everyone has a role to play in crime prevention. Taking a few extra seconds to ensure vehicle doors are locked and valuables are hidden out of plain sight goes a long way in helping deterring theft.