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  Charges Laid For Using Counterfeit Cash in Wasaga Beach - Warning for area merchants

(Wasaga Beach, ON) - Officers from the Huronia West detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested a resident of Barrie recently for using counterfeit currency at various businesses in the Wasaga Beach area.

On September 23rd 2019 Huronia West OPP officers received a complaint of a counterfeit U.S. $50 bill that was used at a business in Wasaga Beach. Officers were able to obtain a description of the unknown suspect and began patrols in the area. Shortly after officers located a suspect fitting the description on 47th St. South.

Further investigation found that the subject had attended several businesses in the Wasaga Beach area and had used $50 U.S. bills with the same serial number. At the time of the arrest the subject was found to be in possession of two more $50 U.S. bills with the same serial number.

Jamie Ann OLEARY (30 years) of Barrie, ON was arrested and is charged with;

Adult Possessing Counterfeit Money - have in custody CC 340(b) x 4

Adult Uttering Counterfeit Money - utter CC 452(a) X3

Adult Fail to Comply with Probation Order CC 733.1(1)

Adult Obstruct Peace Officer CC 129(a)

The accused was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie.

This is a good reminder to all merchants to be vigilant when accepting larger denominations of cash for small purchases or to exchange for Canadian currency.

In this occurrence the serial number on the American bills were #88976. There is a possibility that more businesses may have taken the bills as being genuine. If this is the case please contact the OPP Provincial Communications Centers at 1-888-310-1122 to report the incident to your local detachment.

For more information on this topic and to help identify counterfeit bills visit https://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/counterfeit-prevention/ .

 

Orillia OPP Conduct Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement on Highway 11

(ORILLIA, ON) - On September 18, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement on Highway 11 near Line 14.

The Orillia OPP partnered with OPP Central Region Traffic Units, the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Environment to conduct various levels of enforcement, inspections and education specifically on commercial motor vehicles.

In total 67 vehicles were checked including 9 passenger vehicles. There were 43 charges laid, 20 warnings, 10 vehicles out of service and 2 sets of plates removed from vehicles.

A video detailing one of the experiences can be found on the Ontario Provincial Police Central Region Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Commercial motor vehicle owners and operators are considered professionals and should be held to a higher standard. Officers, throughout the province, who dedicate their knowledge, skills and abilities in performing CMV enforcement and education have a vital role in helping keep our highways safe.

 

OPP OPENS CYBER OPERATIONS CENTRE

(ORILLIA, ON) - Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Thomas Carrique was joined by Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and senior OPP commanders in Orillia to celebrate the opening of its Cyber Operations Centre.

The centre houses a diverse mix of uniform, special constables and civilian members who possess highly-technical skill sets required to assist with search warrants, collect evidence or provide sophisticated digital analysis for investigators. Lodged in various locations within OPP General Headquarters in Orillia since 2018, this modern workspace will support the continued sharing of knowledge, expertise and equipment in a facility custom modified to meet the organization’s needs. The OPP Cyber Operations Centre is now home to the Cyber Operations Section, which includes the Cybercrime Investigations Team, the Digital Forensics Unit and Forensic Video Analysis Unit.

The Cybercrime Investigations Team is responsible for:

  • investigating cybercrimes within Ontario where technology is the target of the crime;
  • assisting in the investigation of conventional crimes that have an online component; and,
  • collecting, analyzing and sharing cybercrime intelligence data.

The Cybercrime Investigations Team also has an outreach component, which provides support and mentoring to frontline members to enhance their response to cybercrime calls for service at local OPP detachments. The outreach component also focuses on cyber awareness, community engagement, presentations and information sharing through participation in working groups and events led by community, industry and academic partners.

The OPP Digital Forensics Unit provides innovative specialized investigative services to OPP members, municipal police services in Ontario and government ministries dealing with investigations involving device-based digital evidence. Digital Forensics assists with the identification, preservation, forensic recovery, analysis and interpretation of digital data derived from an electronic device, whether stored locally or in the cloud.

The OPP Forensic Video Analysis Unit was the first of its kind in Canadian law enforcement dating back to the early 1990s. As technology advances, there are increasing amounts of high-quality video sources available, including home security systems, cell phones and dashboard cameras. These sources provide valuable investigative information for a wide range of criminal occurrences. The ability to analyze multiple video sources in a forensically-sound environment, provides an essential tool to enhance OPP investigative capacity.

 

OPP Investigate Break and Enter Incident to Midland Home

(MIDLAND, ON) - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay detachment were dispatched at 9:27 am September 24, 2019 to investigate a report of a residential break and enter to a home on Yonge Street between Simcoe Boulevard and Hamelin Lane, Town of Midland. Person(s) unknown forced a screen window and entered the home between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm September 23, 2019 removing a jewelry box and jewelry from a bedroom and fled the scene.

 

OPP Make Arrest in Midland Apartment Break and Enter

(MIDLAND, ON) - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay detachment were dispatched at 2:29 pm September 25, 2019 to a report of a break and enter to a First Street apartment in the town of Midland. The victim had arrived home and located a person known to them sleeping on their couch. This person had entered the apartment by forcing a window and upon entry unlawfully consumed food and drink from the apartment kitchen prior to having a sleep. Attending officers arrested/removed and charged Kenneth Royal COUSINEAU 50 years of Midland with the following offence-

Break, Enter a place - with intent to commit indictable offence

The accused was released on a recognizance and will be appearing on October 24, 2019 before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on this charge.

 

Single Vehicle Crash on Highway 400 Claims Male Driver

(GEORGIAN BAY TOWNSHIP, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched at 12:52 pm September 18, 2019 to a single vehicle crash on Highway 400 Georgian Bay Township. OPP uniform members were assisted at the scene by members of the OPP Central Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigation unit (TTCI) and Georgian Bay Township Fire Services and Muskoka Ambulance Services at a scene which was located approximately 20 meters off the northbound lanes into the east ditch, .5 kilometers north of exit 162 on Kings Highway 400. See attached submitted photo.

Investigation is continuing into the cause of the single vehicle crash that claimed the life of the lone occupant, an 88 year old male driver from the Township of Muskoka Lakes.

Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways and trails. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.

 

OPP Investigate Early Morning Crash into Midland Home

(MIDLAND, ON) - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded at 2:55 am September 18, 2019 to a report of a vehicle into a house on William Street, Town of Midland. Responding officers along with Midland Fire Services and County of Simcoe Paramedic Services located and treated five occupants of the vehicle. Four passengers were transported by County of Simcoe Paramedics to Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) for treatment of their injuries and later released. A male occupant of the vehicle was identified as the driver and a drinking and driving investigation was commenced at the scene. The completed investigation has resulted in Kyle SANDY 27 years of Christian Island being charged with the following driving offences contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

Dangerous Operation causing bodily harm

Operation causing bodily harm (2) counts

He was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on October 3, 2019 his driver’s licence that has been suspended for 90 days under the conditions of the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) .

 

Orillia OPP Make Arrest in Large Fraud

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested a male in relation to a fraud at a car dealership in the City of Orillia.

On August 28, 2019 the Orillia OPP were notified by an employee of a suspected fraud. Police responded and conducted an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the initial call for service. Through the investigation police were able to arrest, 66 year old, Hector CARON of McLennon Alberta for fraud.

The Orillia OPP Crime Unit were called to assist with the investigation. As the result of a thorough investigation police charged the accused with:

Personation With Intent Contrary to Section 403(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

Fraud over $5,000 Contrary to Section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

Three counts of Identity Theft Contrary to Section 402.2(1) of the Criminal Code.

Two counts of Possession of Identity Documents Contrary to Section 56.1 of the Criminal Code.

Use of Credit Card Contrary to Section 342(1)(c) of the Criminal Code.

False Pretense Over $5,000 Contrary to Section 362(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

The accused was held in custody where he was later released on a Recognizance of Bail. The next court date for this matter is scheduled for October 1, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia.

The Orillia OPP encourage business and citizens to report suspected frauds in our communities. There are many resources that can be found online in order to help recognize and stop frauds from happening. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC) has been an instrumental tool in assisting law enforcement agencies and citizens in this ever evolving crime. The CAFC can be found online or contacted through their toll free number 1-888-495-8501.

 

OPP Investigating Break and Enter Incidents at Two Midland Businesses

(MIDLAND, ON) - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay detachment were dispatched at 9:10 am September 21, 2019 to a report of a break and enter that had occurred at Jakes Car Wash on King Street, Midland. The incident occurred between 2:00 am and 3:00 am September 21, 2019 as person(s) unknown forced a side window and entered the business removing an unknown amount of store contents.

Earlier in the day at 6:21 am OPP uniform officers were dispatched to a break and enter at the Bestway Rentals Store on Vindin Street Midland as person(s) unknown forced the front door of the store and made off with a number of store retail items. One of those items stolen has been identified as an Honda generator model 2200 EU Companion serial # EAMT1336672.

 

Predictable is Preventable - SafeGuard your Property!  

(COLLINGWOOD and THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Auxiliary Units will be in their communities to generate awareness about ‘safeguarding’ your home, cottage or business. The OPP SafeGuard Ontario Property Security Program is a community-based crime prevention program that is designed to: reduce break and enter crimes, increase support to victims of crime, reduce re-victimization and engage and empower citizens to take an active role in helping prevent crimes.

Here are some tips that can assist community involvement in the detection and prevention of residential break and entries:

Lock your doors and secure any open windows prior to leaving your home.

Make “would-be” thieves visible by installing motion lights or leave an exterior light on to illuminate entrance ways and rear yards.

Don’t hide keys in secret places. Leave a duplicate with a friend or neighbor instead.

Record or take photos of the serial numbers of your property.

Don’t leave articles out, such as axes and tools that could be used to assist in breaking into your residence.

Establish relationships with neighbours and check on each other’s property when away.

If you are away, make sure that your residence looks like it is occupied. Have the sidewalks shovelled, the mail collected, and the grass cut. Make use of timers to have lights coming on and going off at varying intervals.

Avoid posting on social media sites when you will be away from your residence.

If you discover a break and enter, contact police immediately. Do not enter your property as valuable evidence may be disturbed.

For more information on this program visit opp.ca and query Safeguard.

 

IMPAIRED DRIVER IS LOCATED IN A CORN FIELD IN WEST PERTH

(DUBLIN, ON) - On September 18, 2019 at approximately 2:30 a.m., members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), West Perth detachment responded to the report of a motor vehicle in a corn field with a possible impaired driver near Dublin. 

Officers responded quickly and located the motor vehicle. In speaking with the male driver, it was determined that the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired. The driver was arrested and transported to the Sebringville OPP detachment for further testing. 

Daryn JORNA, 24-years-old, of Seaforth was arrested and charged with; 

Operation while impaired - alcohol

Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

The male is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Stratford on October 7, 2019 to answer the charges. 

The male driver had his driver’s licence seized and a 90 Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (ADLS) was imposed. The motor vehicle was towed and impounded by statute.

“Drivers that are impaired by alcohol or drugs put everyone at risk including others on the road, pedestrians and their own passengers.” Staff Sergeant Steph Pilon, Operations Manager, Perth County OPP.

 

OPP Arrest Made in Tiny Break and Enter Incident

(TINY TOWNSHIP, ON) - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay detachment were dispatched to a suspicious person incident at a residence on Gardiners Corner Road, Tiny Township at 9:08 am September 24, 2019. Uniform members attended the scene and searched for a person who was seen fleeing from the victims backyard garden shed. With the assistance of OPP specialized members the person responsible was located and arrested without incident and officers wish to thank those members of the public who assisted in this investigation.

Charged is Justice EUROPE 26 years of Orillia with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada-

Break, Enter a place - commit indictable offence

Theft Under $5000

Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 - in Canada

Possession Break In Instruments

Fail to Comply with Probation Order

Mischief Under $ 5,000

The accused was held for bail court in Barrie on September 26, 2019 and will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland at a future date.

 

Southern Georgian Bay OPP Marine Unit Net Impaired Boater

(MIDLAND, ON) -Members of the OPP Marine Unit attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) checked area boaters for proper vessel equipment and operator sobriety while on patrol aboard the OPP patrol Vessel Thomas P. Coffin over the past weekend of September 27-29, 2019.

On Sunday September 29, 2019 at 7:28 pm OPP marine officers attended an area known as Asylum Point at the entrance to Penetanguishene Bay. The officers went to check on two personal watercrafts (PWC) that were tied to the navigational buoy at that location. The officers spoke with three persons at that location resulting in a drinking and operating investigation being commenced by the officers with the operators of the PWC's. As a result of this investigation one operator was arrested and transported to the Southern Georgian Bay OPP detachment for further investigation. Charged is Brett DUNCAN 25 years of Oro-Medonte Township with-

Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

He was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on October 10, 2019, and his driver's licence has been suspended for 90 days under the conditions of the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) .

The second operator Jenna BLONDIN 20 years of Tiny Township received a 3-Day suspension under the conditions of the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) after registering a 'warn' on the approved screening device (ASD).

Both vessels were towed from the scene and secured at a nearby marina.

Officers stopped and checked 20 vessels and operators during their 23.5 hours of patrol on the waters of Georgian Bay resulting in three charges under the Canada Shipping Act.

The marine crew would like to remind all persons whether on shore or on a vessel that the night time vision of any marine operator can be greatly affected by the indiscriminate pointing of bright spotlights at vessels during the dark hours. This can hamper the operators ability to avoid a collision with other waterway users while operating in the dark.

Officers also conducted three Screening Device (ASD) tests on vessel operators along with checking for vessel equipment and for liquor offences which they are vigorously enforcing in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities on our area waterways. For more information on safe vessel operation and equipment please view the following web sites.

https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/marine/getting-started-safe-boating/choosing-lifejackets-personal-flotation-devices.html

https://www.tc.gc.ca/fr/services/maritime/concepts-base-securite-nautique/choisir-gilets-sauvetage-vetements-flottaison-individuels.html

Educational links from the Office of Safe Boating -

https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-menu-1362.htm

https://www.tc.gc.ca/fra/securitemaritime/desn-bsn-menu-1362.htm

For anyone who is unsure of the equipment required for their vessel please view the following link to get the "APP" for their mobile device https://csbc.ca/en/ or https://csbc.ca/fr/  or view the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide at http://www.tc.gc.ca/documents/TP-511e.pdfhttp://www.tc.gc.ca/documents/tp511f.pdf

Police remind vessel operators that an essential part of our enforcement effort is to save lives and reduce injuries on our waterways while promoting and educating the public about safe boating practices. Your Lifejacket only works if YOU'RE WEARING IT!