Halton Regional Police Service Extends Station Hours

By Staff

June 13th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has extended their service hours at the District stations effective today, Monday, June 13, 2022 as follows:

Burlington now open to the public 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Georgetown  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Milton  now open to the public 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Oakville  now open to the public 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

HRPS Headquarters is also open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed on statutory holidays.

In addition to attending a HRPS facility in-person, there are a number of ways to contact the HRPS, depending on the assistance needed:

In an Emergency

If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. It is an emergency if someone’s immediate health, safety, or property is in immediate danger or there is a crime in progress. For non-emergencies, dial 905-825-4777.

Collision Reporting

The HRPS has three Collision Reporting Centres. These centres are staffed and managed by Accident Support Services. Learn more here.

Record Checks

The HRPS provides Police Record Checks to residents of Halton region for employment or volunteer purposes. Police Record Checks are available online or in-person at the HRPS Headquarters.

Freedom of Information Services

Anyone needing to file a FOI request can now do so online, via our website at haltonpolice.ca/foi

Online Reporting

We have a number of online reporting tools available on our website. These tools can be used to report some crimes, or to report traffic concerns.

 

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Regional Police make an Arrest in a Grandparent Scam

By Staff

June 9th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has made an arrest related to a “grandparent scam” being operated in the region. The grandparent scam is a type of fraud that has been an ongoing trend across Halton resulting in many community members being victimized.

On June 8, 2022, HRPS officers were made aware of a scam in progress taking place in Georgetown. Police attended the residence and arrested Kevin Tshiyoyi (27) of Montreal.

Kevin Tshiyoyi

The suspect attended this location in order to collect $10, 000 cash from a victim for the alleged and fabricated bail of her grandson. This is a theme often used by fraudsters throughout the GTA.

The suspect was placed under arrest by investigators and charged with Fraud Over $5000.

Following his arrest, and through additional investigative steps, police were able to identify a hotel room where the accused was staying. In June 9, 2022, a search warrant was executed at an Oakville hotel room where evidence related to additional fraud offences in Halton and neighboring jurisdictions was located.

In total, investigators have charged Tshiyoyi with 11 counts of Fraud over $5000 and Unauthorized Possession of a Credit Card.
Total losses by victims in these occurrences is more than $80,000.

A photo of Tshiyoyi is attached as police believe there may be additional victims. Investigators are asking anyone who has information or has been victimized by him to contact the Regional Fraud Unit – Intake Office at 905-825-4777 ext. 8741.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

Emergency (Grandparent) Scams
These types of scams typically involve the victim receiving an unsolicited phone call regarding a loved one being in distress. The perpetrators falsely identify themselves as a loved one, or impersonate a police officer and/or other participants of the criminal justice system (such a lawyers, bailiffs, and “bondsman”), falsely claiming that the loved one is in police custody as a result of a specific incident. They request a larger sum of money to have the supposed loved one released from custody, or to pay for associated bills/fines accrued as a result of the alleged incident. The funds requested can be in the form of a direct cash payment, bank transfers, various gift cards, and digital currency. While the scam is ongoing, and the payments are being made, the perpetrators will on occasion use the threat of a fictitious “gag order” to prevent the victim from discussing the matter with anyone else.

Tips to protect yourself
• Attempt to verify the caller’s identity – do not volunteer any information, and further ask very specific probing questions about the caller.
•Request to call back the initial caller – then independently find the number of the police service (or other purported agency in question) and call them directly to clarify the situation. If unsure, call your local police service and ask them for assistance.
• Attempt to directly call the loved one in question and clarify the matter with them.
Remember – Fraudsters will count on your good will to act quickly and help a loved one. Take your time and use above noted tips to protect yourself.
Additional information on frauds and scams can be found here, or through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website.

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Halton Regional Police Recover 32 Stolen Vehicles in Project Eleanor

By Staff

June 6th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) in partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) formed Project Eleanor to investigate the high rate of high end auto theft.

The work started in January of this year and through a variety of investigative means, several suspects were identified and the location of a shipping yard was discovered.

Over the course of two days, criminal code search warrants were executed at a residence in Toronto and a shipping yard in Mississauga.

As a result of Project Eleanor, 32 stolen vehicles were recovered worth an estimated $2.2 million dollars.

Investigators also located and seized $11,000 in Canadian currency, stolen property and technology used in reprogramming auto theft.

On January 8th 2022, the following individuals were arrested and charged:

Alexandre DOYON (22) of Toronto:

  • Theft Over $5000 (of motor vehicle)
  • Possession of Automobile Master Key
  • Possession of Break In Instruments

Konstantinos SOTIROPOULOS (22) of Quebec

  • Theft Over $5000 (of motor vehicle)
  • Possession of Automobile Master Key
  • Possession of Break In Instruments

Gustavo SALAZAR (23) of Toronto

  • Theft Over $5000 (of motor vehicle)
  • Possession of Automobile Master Key
  • Possession of Break In Instruments

On April 23rd 2022, the following individuals were arrested and charged.

Alexandre DOYON (22) of Toronto (re-arrested):

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Trafficking in Property Obtained by Crime
  • Fraud Under $5000

Bailey GAULIN (19) of Toronto:

  • Fraud Under $5000

Investigators continue to make efforts to arrest other individuals connected to the investigation.

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Burlington Drug Investigation Leads to 3 Arrests and Seizure of Firearm

By Staff

May 26, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) – 3 District Street Crime Unit has concluded a drug trafficking investigation in Burlington.  Three male suspects were arrested as a result of the week-long investigation.

On May 25, 2022, a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant was executed at a residence in Burlington.  Two suspects were arrested outside the residence in a parking lot while the third was arrested inside the premise.

Yahya Yusuf (31) of Burlington has been charged with:

  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition
  • Careless Storage of a Firearm
  • Tamper with Serial Number
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (2 counts)
  • Possession of a Weapon Obtained by the Commission of an Offence
  • Careless Storage of Ammunition
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 (2 counts)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine (2 counts), Fentanyl and Oxycodone
  • Breach Release Order

Abdirahman Adan (23) of Burlington has been charged with:

  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition
  • Careless Storage of a Firearm
  • Tamper with Serial Number
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (2 counts)
  • Possession of a Weapon Obtained by the Commission of an Offence
  • Careless Storage of Ammunition
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 (2 counts)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine (2 counts), Fentanyl and Oxycodone

Ali Mohamud Ali (28) of Calgary has been charged with:

  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition
  • Careless Storage of a Firearm
  • Tamper with Serial Number
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Possession of a Weapon Obtained by the Commission of an Offence
  • Careless Storage of Ammunition
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine, Fentanyl and Oxycodone
  • Obstruct Police

All three accused were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

As a result of the search warrant, the following items were seized (see attached photo):

  • A loaded Colt 38 Special Revolver with the serial number partially defaced
  • 41 rounds of ammunition
  • 147.4 grams of cocaine
  • 29.2 grams of fentanyl
  • 76 oxycodone pills
  • Over $11,000 cash
  • 2 stolen licence plates
  • 7 digital scales
  • 9 cellular telephones
  • 1 kg of cutting agent
  • 1 flick knife

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Det. Scott Heyerman of the 3 District Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 2342.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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Arrest made while fraudster was getting ready to collect $12,000 in a scam

By Staff

May 26th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Early in April , the Halton Regional Police Service responded to an emergency scam in progress at an address in Milton.

This type of fraud, often referred to as the “grandparent scam”, has been an ongoing trend across Halton Region resulting in dozens of community members being victimized.

Sergo Laine

The suspect was expected to show up to collect $12,000 cash fromthe  victim for the alleged and fabricated bail of her nephew, a theme often used by fraudsters throughout the GTA.

The suspect did show up and was placed under arrest by investigators and charged with Fraud Over $5000.

This same suspect was investigated further following this initial arrest, as it was believed that he was committing further fraudulent offences.

On May 19, 2022, investigators executed search warrants at a hotel in Mississauga and a Toronto storage facility. This same suspect was once again placed under arrest, and charged with 7 additional Criminal Code and Controlled Drug and Substance Act charges.

Sergo Laine (32 years) of Montreal is charged with:

• Fraud Over $5000
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
• Possession of a Controlled Substance (3 counts)
• Possession of Identity Documents
• Possession of Counterfeit Mark

Laine was released on an Undertaking.

Police believe there may be other victims.

Investigators are asking anyone who has information or has been victimized by Laine to contact the Regional Fraud Unit – Intake Office at 905-825-4777 ext. 8741.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

Emergency scams
These types of scams typically involve the victim receiving an unsolicited phone call regarding a loved one being in distress. The perpetrators falsely identify themselves as a loved one, or impersonate a police officer and/or other participants of the criminal justice system (such a lawyers, bailiffs, and “bondsman”), falsely claiming that the loved one is in police custody as a result of a specific incident.

They request a larger sum of money to have the supposed loved one released from custody, or to pay for associated bills/fines accrued as a result of the alleged incident. The funds requested can be in the form of a direct cash payment, bank transfers, various gift cards, and digital currency. While the scam is ongoing, and the payments are being made, the perpetrators will on occasion use the threat of a fictitious “gag order” to prevent the victim from discussing the matter with anyone else.

Tips to protect yourself
• Attempt to verify the caller’s identity – do not volunteer any information, and further ask very specific probing questions about the caller.
•Request to call back the initial caller – then independently find the number of the police service (or other purported agency in question) and call them directly to clarify the situation. If unsure, call your local police service and ask them for assistance.
• Attempt to directly call the loved one in question and clarify the matter with them.

Remember – Fraudsters will count on your good will to act quickly and help a loved one. Take your time and use above noted tips to protect yourself.

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Sexual Assault Arrest in Burlington

By Staff

April 28th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has completed a sexual assault investigation in Burlington with an arrest and charges.

On Thursday April 28, 2022, investigators with the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault (CASA) Unit arrested 19 year-old Owen Zinkewich of Burlington. He has been charged with Sexual Assault and Forcible Confinement.

Zinkewich was released from custody pending a court appearance.

The victim met the accused on an online dating application and investigators are concerned that there could be additional victims.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 8970.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Sexual assault is any touching of another person without their consent where the touching is of a sexual nature, or where the sexual integrity of the victim is violated. A sexual assault can range from unwanted touching to sexual assault involving penetration.

There is no statute of limitation when it comes to reporting a sexual assault. This means that no matter how long ago the sexual assault happened, you can still report it to police for investigation.

Victims of violence and/or sexual assault can contact the Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit at 905-825-4777 for support.
Additional information can be found in our Sexual Assault Information Guide.

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Police Seek Assistance Identifying Suspects in Burlington Pharmacy Robbery

 

By Staff

April 26th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service is investigating a robbery that occurred at a Burlington pharmacy.

On April 25, 2022, at approximately 3:20 pm, three male suspects entered the Brant Lakeshore Pharmacy located at 1477 Brant Street in Burlington.

The suspects assaulted an employee and proceeded to steal narcotics and prescription drugs.  They also stole cash from the register and personal belongings from the employee.  The three males fled the store and left the area in a stolen black Dodge Journey with Ontario licence plate CBYT846   A fourth suspect (driver) was waiting in the vehicle during the robbery.

The employee did not sustain any physical injuries.

The suspects are described as follows (see attached photos):

Suspect #1: Male, black, approximately 6 feet tall, skinny build, short black hair, wearing light grey pants and a white hoodie with a “NASA” logo on the front.

Suspect #2: Male, black, approximately 6 feet tall, skinny build, short black hair, wearing  dark grey pants and a black hoodie and carrying a black and grey backpack.

Suspect #3: Male, black, approximately 6 feet tall, skinny build, short black hair, wearing dark grey pants and a black “Adidas” hoodie.

Suspect #4: Male, black (driver).

Investigators are seeking dash cam or CCTV footage from the area near the time of the robbery.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Det/Cst. Dave Griffiths of the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2350.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arrest Made in Burlington Sexual Assault Investigation

By Staff

April 23rd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service – Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit has arrested a male in relation to a sexual assault investigation in Burlington.

The assaults began in 2019 and continued until recently.  The victim and male are known to each other.

Renil Amin

On April 22, 2022, investigators arrested 33-year-old Renil Amin of Brampton. He has been charged with:

  • Sexual Assault (2 counts)
  • Indecent Act (2 counts)

Amin was released on an Undertaking.

Amin is employed as a bus driver with Burlington Transit.  Police believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone who has information to contact the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 8970.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Sexual assault is any touching of another person without their consent where the touching is of a sexual nature, or where the sexual integrity of the victim is violated.  A sexual assault can range from unwanted touching to sexual assault involving penetration.

There is no statute of limitation when it comes to reporting a sexual assault.  This means that no matter how long ago the sexual assault happened, you can still report it to police for investigation.

Victims of violence and/or sexual assault can contact the Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit at 905-825-4777 for support.

Additional information can be found in our Sexual Assault Information Guide.

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Robbery Investigation in Burlington - bandits threaten to taser anyone who gets in their way

By Staff

April 7th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau is investigating a robbery that took place at the Burlington Mall (located at 777 Guelph Line).

On April 6, 2022, at approximately 8:00 pm, three suspects entered the Rogers Wireless retail location inside the Burlington Mall and demanded cell phones while one suspect displayed a Conducted Energy Weapon (commonly referred to as a Taser).

This is ugly – these men were prepared to hurt people.

The suspects loaded garbage bags with approximately $200, 000 worth of phones and fled in a waiting vehicle driven by a fourth suspect.

The vehicle is a 2019 white Kia Sedona with Ontario licence plate CJWL 247. The vehicle was reported stolen out of York region.

No physical injuries to employees were reported to police.

Suspect 1: Male, black, with a slim build. He was wearing a black pullover hooded sweater with vertical white panel with the word “Reckless” embroidered on it. Also wearing a black baseball hat and white shoes.

Suspect 2: Male, black, with a slim build. He was wearing a black full zip hooded sweater with black track pants and white sunning shoes.

Suspect 3: Male, black, with a medium build. He was wearing a grey full zip hooded sweater with black pants and black high-top sneakers.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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Police Make Arrest in Historical Sex Assault

By Staff

April 5th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

Investigators with the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) Child and Sexual Assault Unit have made an arrest after an investigation into a historical sexual assault.

The assault, which took place more than a decade ago, was recently reported to police. In order to protect the identity of the victim, no further information on the incident and this investigation will be provided by police.

On March 4, 2022, Sean James (54) of Milton was arrested and charged with one count of Sexual Assault.

James was released from custody pending a court appearance.

Investigators believe that there may be additional victims and are urging anyone who may have been victimized by this accused or who has any information to contact the Child and Sexual Assault Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 8970.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Sexual assault is any touching of another person without their consent where the touching is of a sexual nature, or where the sexual integrity of the victim is violated. A sexual assault can range from unwanted touching to sexual assault involving penetration.

There is no statute of limitation when it comes to reporting a sexual assault. This means that no matter how long ago the sexual assault happened, you can still report it to police for investigation.

Victims of violence and/or sexual assault can contact the Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit at 905-825-4777 for support.

Additional information about the sexual assault investigative process is available via the HRPS Sexual Assault Information Guide, which  can be found on our website: https://www.haltonpolice.ca/en/services-and-reporting/resources/Documents/Sexual_Assault_Information_Guide_2021.pdf

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High End Car Theft Ring Nabbed - all held for a bail hearing.

By Staff

April 1st, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Investigators from the Halton Regional Police Service – 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau and Toronto Police Major Crime were involved in a month long multi-jurisdictional investigation dubbed “Project Raptor” resulting in the recovery of 20 stolen vehicles worth over $1.5 million. Four suspects were arrested as a result of their involvement in this organized auto theft ring.

Tools of the trade for high end car thieves.

It is alleged the suspects would gain entry to the vehicle through force allowing them access to the vehicle’s ‘On Board Diagnostic Port’ (OBD).  From there, the suspects utilized key programming devices to program a new key fob.  The thefts occurred across Halton, Peel and Toronto.

The vehicles targeted were newer model Jeeps and Ford F-150s.   It is believed that these vehicles were slated to be loaded into shipping containers to export them overseas to Middle Eastern countries.

On March 29, 2022 investigators arrested four persons involved in this auto theft ring and subsequently executed two residential search warrants.  Investigators seized several key fobs and electronic devices used to access the on-board diagnostics (see attached photo).

The following persons were arrested and charged:

Bawa Singh, (22) of Brampton has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (10 counts)
  • Mischief Under $5000 (4 counts)
  • Breach of Recognizance (9 counts)
  • Possession of Auto Master Key
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000

Nitin Gagneja, (21) of Brampton has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (10 counts)
  • Possession of Break and Enter Tools (2 counts)
  • Mischief Under $5000 (4 counts)
  • Possession of Auto Master Key (3 counts)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000

Abu-Bakar Sheikh, (22) of Brampton has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (9 counts)
  • Mischief Under $5000 (4 counts)
  • Breach of Recognizance (9 counts)
  • Possession of Auto Master Key

Attiq Ur Rehman, (22) of Mississauga has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (4 counts)
  • Mischief Under $5000 (2 counts)
  • Breach of Recognizance (4 counts)
  • Possession of Auto Master Key

All accused were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Phil Vandenbeukel of the 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 3407.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Police would like to remind residents of the following tips to help protect against these types of thefts:

  • Park your vehicle in a locked/secure garage, if possible.
  • Lock the onboard diagnostic port using a simple device (that can be purchased online) that blocks access to where thieves reprogram the vehicle’s key fob
  • Use a steering wheel locking device to deter theft
  • Invest in an aftermarket global positioning system (GPS) tracker as it may assist in recovery of the vehicle if it is stolen
  • When not in use, place vehicle key fob inside a radio frequency shielding bag/pouch to block cell signals
  • Consider purchasing a quality video surveillance system and ensure your cameras are properly placed and functioning for 24-hour use

 

 

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Arrest Made After Two Attempted Robberies in Burlington

By Staff

March 31st, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has made an arrest in relation to two attempted robberies that occurred in Burlington.

On March 30, 2022, at approximately 9:30 am, a female suspect attended the drive-thru of the Wendy’s located at 2387 Fairview Street in Burlington. The suspect demanded cash from an employee and indicated she had a gun. No gun was observed. The suspect drove away from the scene without receiving any funds.

At approximately 10:00 am the same day, the suspect attended Spry Convenience located at 2164 Mountain Grove Avenue in Burlington. She approached an employee inside the store and demanded cash. The suspect again indicated she had a gun, although no gun was observed. The suspect left the store a short time later without receiving any funds.

In both incidents, the suspect was observed to be driving a 2022 Dodge Ram pickup truck which had been reported stolen from Hamilton earlier in the day.

No physical injuries were sustained as a result of either attempted robbery.

As a result of the investigation, officers were able to identify the suspect. She was arrested in Toronto shortly after 1:00 pm. The stolen vehicle was also recovered in Toronto.

Sophia Voortman (19) of Hamilton has been charged with:

  • Robbery (2 counts)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Theft Under $5000
  • Fail to Comply with Release Order (2 counts)

Voortman has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

 

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Rash of Attempted Thefts from Vehicles in Burlington

By Staff

March 30th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service draws to your attention a rash of attempted thefts from vehicles across Burlington this week

A total of 16 incidents have been investigated by police since March 27, 2022.  In many instances, vehicle windows were smashed in order to gain access the interior.  Several of the entries were reported to have no valuables stolen.  These incidents occurred during the night.

Are you anywhere on this map?  Images are where thefts have taken place.

Police would like to remind residents of the following tips to help protect themselves from these types of incidents:

  • This theft attempt was caught on a security camera.

    If you see something suspicious, report it to police

  • If possible, park vehicles in the garage overnight
  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle
  • Remove garage door opener and identifying papers from your vehicle
  • Illuminate the exterior of your residence (including driveway) at night

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attempted Armed Abduction Leads to Arrests and Charges

By Staff

March 28th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On March 18, 2022, at 8:15 pm, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) responded to a condo building in the area of Fairview Street and Brant Street in Burlington.  Three suspects demanded cash and attempted to abduct a male victim at gunpoint outside his apartment.  The victim was forced to the lobby area and was assaulted, however he was able to escape to a security area and police were notified.  The three suspects fled the area in a vehicle.  This was believed to be a targeted incident.

Seized items

A thorough investigation, which included a Criminal Code search warrant at a residence in Hamilton, was conducted by the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau.  This investigation was also aided by members of the 3 District Street Crime Unit, Mobile Surveillance Unit and Emergency Services Unit.

On March 19, 2022, Ryley Donnelly-Lavelle (23) of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Kidnapping Using a Firearm
  • Use Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Assault with a Weapon

On March 25, 2022, Andrew Burroughsford (38) of Burlington was arrested and charged with:

  • Accessory After the Fact
  • Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle

On March 25, 2022, Christopher Newton (38) of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Kidnapping Using a Firearm
  • Use Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/Ammunition
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Fail to Comply with Probation
  • Careless Use of Firearm/Weapon/Ammunition
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Possession of Firearm/Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (4 counts)
  • Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm

On March 25, 2022, Luke Willems (37) of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

  • Kidnapping Using a Firearm
  • Use Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

On March 25, 2022, a 17-year-old of Hamilton was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (2 counts)
  • Kidnapping Using a Firearm
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Use Firearm while Committing Offence
  • Careless Use of Firearm/Weapon/Ammunition
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/Ammunition
  • Possession of Firearm/Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order

Donnelly-Lavelle, Newton, Willems and the 17-year-old were held in custody pending a bail hearing.  Burroughsford was released on an Undertaking.

As a result of the investigation two firearms and ammunition were seized

Deputy Chief Wilkie

Deputy Chief Roger Wilkie states; “I would like to commend our officers for bringing this investigation to a speedy conclusion. The bold and shocking nature of these crimes will not be tolerated in our community. Officers from multiple units across the service worked tirelessly and with seamless collaboration to identify and safely arrest these armed and dangerous suspects.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

 

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Seniors find themselves at risk in supermarkets; teams of thieves stalking and stealing

By Staff

March 17th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a group of suspects in a series of purse and wallet thefts that have taken place throughout Halton.

Between April 2021 and March 2022 there have been 16 thefts involving a group of six different suspects (see attached photos) identified by police.

The suspects typically target older adults in retail and grocery stores throughout the region.

In many cases the victim’s personal identification number were also stolen, and the tap functions of their financial cards were used to make fraudulent purchases.

Men this size can frighten older seniors – what can the supermarkets do to provide a safer environment.

The suspects have been working in pairs and distracting their victims while shopping. One suspect will engage the victim in conversation while the other steals a wallet and/ or purse. In some instances, the older adult’s vehicles are also entered while one suspect distracts the victim by loading their groceries.

Working in teams these thieves would stalk and then steal from people who believe they are safe in a supermarket.

One distracts – the other steals

The estimated total losses of these 16 occurrences totals more than $25, 000.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable Derek Gray of the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4777 ext. 2344 or via email at Derek.gray@haltonpolice.ca.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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15 bus shelters in Burlington have been vandalized.

By Staff

March 10th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

In the past the damage was graffiti. It isn’t public art by any stretch of the imagination. It’s kids with too much free time on their hands and parents not fully aware of what their children are doing.

15 bus shelters in Burlington have been vandalized.

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is investigating an ongoing string of damage targeting bus shelters.

Between February 23 and March 7, 2022, 15 bus shelters in Burlington have been vandalized. On several occasions, the city completed repairs only to have the glass on the same shelter smashed again overnight.

The majority of the shelters targeted were on New Street however police are also investigating occurrences on Lakeshore Road, Harvester Road, Brant Street and Guelph Line.

The HRPS is conducting extra patrols in these areas and request residents report any suspicious activity to police. Police have not made any arrests and do not have any suspect descriptions to provide.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2316

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

 

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Call from Alert Resident Leads to Arrest and Charges

By Staff

March 8th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Earlier today, at approximately 3:50 am, Halton Regional Police Service officers responded to the area of Bluegrass Lane and Dryden Avenue in Burlington, for reports of a male trying to break into vehicles.

An alert resident was able to notify police and provide a description of the male.

Police attended the area and located the suspect, who was found to be in possession of break in tools and items believed to have been stolen from area vehicles (currency, perfume, sunglasses, purses, etc.).

Shad Atkin (33) of no fixed address was arrested and has been charged with:

  • Possession of Break-In Instruments
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Mischief Under $5000
  • Trespass at Night
  • Fail to Comply with Release Order

Atkin was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Police would like to remind residents of the value of reporting suspicious activity to police.  In this case, one phone call likely prevented further break-ins to area vehicles and lead to the arrest of a suspect.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

 

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Police Officer injured during arrest attempt

By Staff

March 2nd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is appealing for witnesses or dash cam footage of an arrest attempt that took place in Burlington.

On Monday February 28, 2022, at approximately 2:45 pm an officer attended a parking lot located at 963 Francis Road in Burlington (in the area of Plains Road East and the QEW).

The officer began an investigation into a stolen vehicle parked at that location, and attempted to make an arrest of a suspect inside the stolen brown pickup truck. The suspect resisted and set the truck in motion dragging the police officer a short distance. The officer suffered minor injuries. The suspect’s truck also struck a cruiser and an uninvolved parked car during its escape. Police did not pursue the pickup after it fled the parking lot.

Through further investigation police identified and arrested the suspect.

Timothy Burt (35) of Milton has been charged with the following:

  • Dangerous Operation
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
  • Failure to stop after accident
  • Assaulting peace officer with weapon or cause bodily harm

Any witnesses, persons with dash cam footage of the occurrence or anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Constable Jason Lin at 905-825-4777 ext. 7355.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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UPDATE: Project Lynx Sentencing - 13 years and 222 days for Singh in a federal prison

By Pepper Parr

January 26th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It is not unusual for the public to express dismay and concern when bail is given to an accused person for what many feel is a serious crime.

The sentences handed out seem very short at times.

A recent very serious case that involved a number of jurisdictions came to a close last week when a number of people were sentenced to prison for a long time.

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has an update to provide on a sentence delivered in connection with Project Lynx, a seven month investigation that targeted a highly organized and sophisticated drug network involved with drug trafficking, importing and money laundering.

In April 2021, the HRPS announced 7 arrests and more than 40 charges in connection with this investigation.

On January 20, 2022, Ajmer Singh (45) of Mississauga received a sentence of 13 years and 222 days for 1 count of possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl. Singh also received a 10 year (concurrent) sentence on 2 counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine.

In addition to these sentences, the courts also ordered the forfeiture of $727,883 cash, a vehicle used in the commission of the offences and several pieces of high end jewellery.

Deputy Chief of Regional Operations Jeff Hill

Deputy Chief of Regional Operations Jeff Hill stated, “Mr. Singh’s sentencing sends a strong message that those who put some of our most vulnerable community members at risk will be held accountable. This type of activity will never be tolerated in our community and our members will remain relentless in battling the ongoing opioid crisis and bringing those involved in trafficking to prosecution.”

Community safety is a shared responsibility. We urge anyone who can provide information regarding the trafficking of illicit drugs to call the Drug and Human Trafficking Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 5331.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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Those who chose to drive while impaired

By Staff

December 24th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

How do you go home and tell the family that you were arrested for driving while you were impaired?

On December 17, 2021, just after 11:30 pm, Halton Police officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Plains Road and Sanford Drive in Burlington. As a result of an investigation, Gordon Winslow (29) of Dundalk was charged with operation while impaired.

On December 20, 2021, just before 4:30 pm, Halton Police officers were conducting a R.I.D.E. initiative in the area of Walkers Line and Dundas Street in Burlington. As a result of this initiative, Alexander Speers (36) of Waterdown was charged with blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On December 20, 2021, just before 10:00 pm, Halton Police officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Davidson Court and North Service Road in Burlington. As a result of an investigation, Joseph-Sylvi Cormier (50) of Toronto was charged with failure or refusal to comply with demand.

On December 22, 2021, just after 1:30 am, Halton Police officers responded to a collision in the area of Trafalgar Road and Hornby Road in Halton Hills. As a result of an investigation, Joshua Gillam (26) of Kincardine was charged with operation while impaired and blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

On December 22, 2021, just before 4:30 pm, Halton Police officers responded to a citizen-initiated complaint in the area of Highway 401 and James Snow Parkway in Milton. As a result of an investigation, Justin Espinosa (30) of Cambridge was charged with failure or refusal to comply with demand.

On December 22, 2021, just before 5:00 pm, Halton Police officers responded to a citizen-initiated complaint in the area of Millcroft Park Drive and Dundas Street in Burlington. As a result of an investigation, Josue Hernandez-Camacho (30) of Burlington was charged with operation while impaired and blood alcohol concentration 80mgs or more, within two hours.

The Halton Regional Police Service remains committed to road safety through prevention, education and enforcement initiatives.

Members of the public are reminded that driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is a crime in progress and to call 9-1-1 immediately to report a suspected impaired driver.

Here are some signs of an impaired driver:

  • Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed
  • Drifting in and out of lanes
  • Tailgating and changing lanes frequently
  • Making exceptionally wide turns
  • Changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance
  • Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights
  • Disregarding signals and lights
  • Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly
  • Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on
  • Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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