High speed chase - two cruisers damaged - thieves evade police - set fire to vehicle and flee.

Crime 100By Staff

April 19th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

While you were sleeping the Halton Regional Police Service were attempting to stop a Chev pickup truck at Walkers Line & Mainway.

It was 11:43 pm on April 18th – the driver of the pick-up refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated.

Police cruiser New_look

High speed pursuit reached 140 km per hour  – two cruisers collided – officer injured.

The chase continued onto the QEW eastbound and was quickly terminated when the suspect driver began to reach speeds in excess of 140 km/h.

Two police cruisers collided during the pursuit and one officer suffered minor injuries and was transported to hospital.

The suspect vehicle was later set on fire in south Burlington and the suspects fled. The Fire Department attended and put the fire out.

The Ontario Provincial Police are investigating the collision on the QEW.

The police believe the three suspects involved stole a 2002 GMC Savannah Van Blue License AVZC492.

When police were pursuing the suspects managed to evade them and later abandoned the truck, set it on fire and fled.

The suspects were last seen headed W/B on the 403 in Hamilton.

Halton Police are continuing the investigation.

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Sexual assault reported in the Palmer Drive Community.

Crime 100By Staff

April 13, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A reported sexual assault which occurred in Burlington on March 21st, 2017 is being investigated by the Halton Regional Police Service.

A 16 year old male was walking in the area of Palmer Drive and Bentworth Drive between 11:30pm and midnight when he approached a stopped vehicle. The victim was forced inside the vehicle by a male suspect where he was sexually assaulted by two males. The victim was eventually released a short distance away near Michael Crescent.

Palmer Drive sex assualt

Sexual assault reported to have taken place on the Palmer Drive community.

The suspect vehicle is described as a black utility van with tinted front windows bearing a blue and yellow licence plate.

Suspect #1 is described as male, possibly Hispanic, 6’ 1”, heavy set build, wearing a black shirt, mask and a hood.

Suspect #2 is male, possibly Hispanic, 5’ 11”, wearing a black shirt, black mask and a hood.

There have been no other reported incidents involving these suspects to date.

A time delay in reporting the initial incident was encountered and police would like to warn the public to be vigilant with their safety and report any suspicious incidents to police immediately.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this or similar incidents to contact Detective Rob Todd of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit at 905-465-8975. Crime Stoppers

“See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web

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Regional Police Fraud Unit charge former Region of Halton employee

Crime 100By Staff

April 13th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

An investigation that started in 2015 has resulted in a number of criminal charges being laid by the Halton Regional Police – Regional Fraud Unit (HRPS-RFU) against a former Region of Halton employee.

It is alleged the 17 year former employee defrauded the Region of Halton of approximately $770,000 since 2008 by fraudulently administering /awarding Region contracts to a Hamilton based company named Sirron Systems Inc.

The HRPS-RFU became aware of Nicolas REWA’s fraud after the arrest in August 2016 of another former employee, David OHASHI, who was charged with similar offences.

HRPS – RFU have arrested and charged in relation to this incident:

• Nicolas REWA, 55 years, Mississauga, (Halton Region – Public Works Manager) is charged with 2 counts of Fraud over $5000, 2 counts Municipal Corruption, 2 counts Secret Commissions, 1 counts Laundering proceeds of crime, and 1 count of Property obtained by Crime,

• Marion REWA, 45 years, Mississauga, (wife of Nicolas Rewa) is charged with 1 count of Fraud over $5000, and 1 count of Possession of property obtained by crime,

• David NORRIS, 52 years, Stoney Creek, (Sirron Systems Inc. employee) is charged with 2 counts of Fraud over $5000, 2 counts Municipal Corruption, 2 counts Secret Commissions, 1 counts Laundering proceeds of crime, and 1 count of Property obtained by Crime.

The accused are scheduled to appear in Milton Provincial Court on Tuesday May 9th, 2017.

Anyone who may have information about this investigation is being asked to call investigators at the Regional Fraud Unit at 905-825-4747 ext 8739. Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca or by texting “Tip 201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).
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Tens of millions of phony email messages about personal bank accounts are sent out every day. They are all attempts to steal your money.

Crime 100By Pepper Parr

April 12th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They are relentless.

Millions, tens of millions of email like the one below get sent out to lists of email addresses.

When you get one – read the address it came from very very carefully – they are all false, phony messages sent to you in the hope that you just might click on the message.

 

Royal scam

Read the address this phony email came from. The name between the < > is the sender – not the Royal Bank. If you don’t recognize the name of the sender – don’t open the email.

When you do that they have got a bit of a hook in you and they will slowly try and reel you in to the point where they have enough information to begin stealing your money.

The recipient of this message does not have an account with the Royal Bank

Dear (name erased to protect the recipient)

ID theft screen

When these computer hackers get enough information from you – they can access your bank account and remove funds.

During our usual security enhancement protocol, we observed a payment was placed on pending status due to the recent upgrade in our database. In order to receive this payment you are required to verify your account from our secure verification link.

To Receive payment kindly click :

Log on to www.royalbank.com/cgi-bin/rbaccess/rbunxcgi

Remember,RBC Royal Bank is committed to your security and protection. To find out more, take a look at our

Information Security section under Privacy and Security on the Web site.
© Royal Bank of Canada Website, © 1995-2017 All rights reserved.

Banks in Canada do not use email to advise you of any problems with your account.

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Police arrest three of five suspects in North Burlington car content thefts. Two yet to be identified.

Crime 100By Staff

April 3, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The original report came in March 18th and with solid support from the community the police were able to identify and arrest three suspects and are now looking for two additional suspects for various theft and fraud offences.

Charged with various theft and fraud offences are:

Josh PARKIN (29) of Hamilton
Sean CARTER (32) of Hamilton
Keara CAMPBELL (24) of Hamilton

Police in Burlington would like to thank the public for their help positively identifying 3 of 4 theft/fraud suspects.

One suspect remains unidentified.

March 18th - yet to be IDed

Suspect yet to be identified.

Police have also identified a 5th suspect using the stolen credit cards in Hamilton and are seeking further assistance from the public in identifying him.

The thefts overnight on March 14/15th from rural driveways in north Burlington. One victim had credit cards stolen which were used fraudulently at several locations in the City of Burlington. Four suspects were observed at the various locations.

Mar 18 car thefts - beer store

Suspect captured on video at a beer store.

Theft from autos continue to be a concern in Burlington, particularly when windows are smashed to gain entry. A second series of thefts from vehicles occurred in the same rural area of Burlington overnight on March 16/17th. Police would like to remind people to avoid leaving valuables inside and/or in plain view. Police also encourage citizens to report any suspicious persons.

Mar 18 thefts Brick

Suspect captured on video at a Brick store.

Anyone who can identify these suspects is asked to contact Det. Ellie Bale of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Residential Property Crime Team @ 905-825-4747 ext 2312. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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The lottery scam or the Inheritance scam - sometimes 100,000 people respond.

Crime 100By Staff

March 28th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

– It’s cliché but if it sounds too good to be true it likely is –

It’s Fraud Prevention Month and the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) announces its final scheduled Fraud of the Week: Inheritance and Lottery Scams.

The police have focused their public education on fraud and the damage it does to gullible people; usually older people who are not fully aware of what can be done to them via the internet.

Fraud prevention month logoInheritance and lottery scams typically target older individuals who do not use online banking services. This enables fraudsters to hijack victims’ bank accounts for money laundering with less likelihood of them noticing.

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, scammers will send up to three million fraudulent letters or emails at a time. The notifications are sent to people around the world and, generally, close to 100,000 people respond. Many victims lose between $20 and $30, but some lose as much as $250,000.

In a typical inheritance scam, an older person receives an email or letter claiming that they are eligible to collect an inheritance. To receive the inheritance, they have a set period of time, usually about 14 days, to respond and provide their contact information by email. Those who reply go on to receive calls and emails from the fraudsters as well as a form requesting personal information.

Shortly thereafter, a cheque for more than a thousand dollars arrives in the mail. To receive the inheritance, victims are asked to cash the cheque and transfer a larger amount of money than the original cheque is worth to the holder of the inheritance. Days later the victim learns that the cheque is fraudulent and they are out the money they transferred.

lottery scamIn a lottery scam, potential victims are contacted by an email, phone call, text message or pop up screen on their computer. They are advised that they have won a lottery or sweepstakes. Prior to receiving the prize, however, victims are required to pay taxes, duties or other administrative fees. Once the funds are sent, the victim never receives the prize or is sent an alternate prize than they were promised.

To ensure their continued success, con artists create new twists on both inheritance and lottery scams in an attempt to stay one step ahead of potential victims.

The following protection tips have been provided courtesy of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and Competition Bureau:

• Remember: Legitimate lotteries do not require you to pay a fee or tax to collect winnings. Known lottery and sweepstakes companies such as Reader’s Digest and Publisher’s Clearinghouse will never request money upfront in order to receive a prize.

• Caution: Never send money to anyone you don’t know and trust.

• Think: Don’t give out any banking information over the phone, through email or via text message.

• Investigate: Carefully examine all terms and conditions of any offer received. Claims of free or very cheap offers often have hidden costs.

• Ask yourself: Did I enter this contest? Why would a stranger leave me money? You more than likely cannot win money unless you have entered a contest nor inherit from someone you do not know.

• Important: Never provide personal information over the phone, no matter who the caller claims to represent.

Anyone with information pertaining to a fraud or any other crime is asked to contact the Regional Fraud Bureau A safe, secure, confidential place to call with information that will keep our streets safe.Intake Office at 905-465-8741 or Fraud@haltonpolice.ca. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Police update information released to public on the murder - suicide and close the file.

Crime 100By Staff

March 28th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has confirmed the firearm used in the March 16, 2017 murder-suicide at the Mejilla Chiropractic Clinic in Burlington was a small caliber handgun legally owned by, and registered to, the accused David Williamson (deceased).

Prior to the shooting, Williamson did not have any criminal contact with the HRPS, nor were police aware of any reported occurrences of domestic violence / disputes.

The Halton Regional Police Service is sensitive to the victims in this incident and has no further information suitable for release at this time.

Previously the Regional Police Service confirmed that the suspect in the double shooting at the Mejilla Chiropractic Clinic, 44 year-old David Williamson of Burlington, had died in hospital of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Car dealership alleged to have abused the motor vehicle registration process - two charged. Four victims so far.

Crime 100By Staff

March 24th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service Fraud Bureau, in partnership with investigators from Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) have concluded an investigation into Identity Fraud.

In October 2016, a victim reported having a motor vehicle registered to him in which he had no knowledge. The victim became aware of the unauthorized registration as a result of receiving 407 ETR bills.

In this Sept. 18, 2010 photo, "Sale" is spelled out in the open hoods of used cars at a Toyota dealership in Glendale, Calif. Retail sales posted a third monthly increase in September as solid gains at auto, furniture and hardware stores helped to offset weakness at clothing and department stores. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ORG XMIT: CARS302

Every car sold has to be registered to someone – that proved to be a problem to one victim – there are others.

A subsequent investigation by the HRPS and OMVIC discovered an independent auto dealer in Milton responsible for the false registrations. Further an additional four people from the GTA were identified as victims of the same scam. The location of these falsely registered vehicles is unknown at this time, however HRPS believes one of the vehicles has been involved in a break and enter offence in Southern Ontario.

Car registrations

A car dealership was abusing the process of registering cars. Police want to talk to anyone who finds that a car they never owned has been registered in their name.

The HRPS, with assistance of OMVIC, executed search warrants at the Milton dealership and residence of the dealership principles.

As a result, two Mississauga men have been arrested and charged as follows:

Jan KOWALCZYK (59yrs), charged with 6 counts of Identity Fraud, 6 counts of Uttering Forged Documents
and
Justin KOWALCZYK (25yrs), charged with 5 counts of Identity Fraud and 5 counts of Uttering Forged Documents

Police and OMVIC have seen a growing trend in the false registration of vehicles for fraudulent gain. Police are seeking information from the public in this regard.

Crime stoppers logo thumbnailTips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

This is a serious one. The implications from this kind of fraud that has a vehicle registered to someone that knew nothing about the registration touches on insurance and liability issues. When the bandits get inside government organizations – there is a very serious problem.

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Shop lifters unaware of just how strong the police surveillance is at high traffic retail locations actually is.

Crime 100By Staff

March 22, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On January 14th 2017, two male suspects were seen at Costco in Burlington where they began to follow a customer who was observed purchasing several electronic items.

The suspects then followed the customer to Best Buy in Burlington at which time; one of the suspects phoned Best Buy posing as a Fraud Investigator and reported that the customer may be involved in fraudulent activity. Staff at Best Buy began watching this customer while the original two male suspects made several trips in and out of the store while stealing merchandise.

The two male suspects then followed the customer from Best Buy to a Lakeshore Road underground parking lot where the customer left his vehicle unattended with numerous electronic items valued at $3106.00 which had been purchased at Costco and Best Buy.

The suspects then smashed a passenger side window to gain entry into the victim’s vehicle and stole all of the electronics.

Alias Ricky white

Unidentified shop lifter captured on video leaving Best Buy

Police have identified one of the two male suspects as Gerald Daniel BLANCHARD, 45 of Vancouver, British Columbia who also uses the alias of Ricky WHITE. He was arrested and charged with two counts of theft under $5000 and one count of mischief under $5000. He will appear in Milton court on March 29th 2017.

Police have yet to identify the second suspect who is described as a white male in his 40’s with a heavy build wearing blue jeans, white t-shirt with a black jacket and baseball cap.

These thieves had no idea how deep the police coverage is in the high traffic retail locations.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Mark Urie the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Residential Crime Team @ 905-825-4747 Ext. 2338. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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The school bus was stolen - it is yellow - you can't miss it.

Crime 100By Staff

March 21st, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Between March 10th and March 20th 2017, unknown suspect(s) stole a 1999 International Model 3800 72 passenger school bus which had been listed for sale from a parking lot on the North Service Road near Appleby Line in Burlington.

The school bus is yellow in colour with Ontario licence plates BK8359 and “Hamilton Christian Transportation Services” written on the side of it (Pictures of similar bus attached)

school bues - manyAnyone with information is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau @ 905-825-4747 Ext. 2316. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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High end and very expensive bikes stolen from homes where the garage door was left open.

Crime 100By Staff

March 21, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Bikes that go for $4000 and $5100 a pop have been stolen from garages in the city that were left open.  Police succeeded in recovering the bikes.

A thief appears to have scoped out a number of locations that had high end bikes in the garage and then made a trip back to snatch them, load them into his vehicle and drive off.

Didn’t work out as planned.

scott genius bikeOn March 7th 2017 between 11:00 AM and 9:30 PM, a black with neon green trim Scott Genius mountain bike valued at $4000.00 was stolen from an open garage on Blue Spruce Ave. in Burlington.

On March 13th 2017 at approximately 1:50 PM, a male suspect was seen stealing a black with white framed Cipollini bicycle valued at $5100.00 from an open garage on Casselman Court in Burlington. The suspect was seen fleeing in a grey Jeep Wrangler and a licence plate was obtained.

Members of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Residential Crime Team identified and arrested Trevor ARMSTRONG (30-yrs) of Grimsby in relation to both these thefts.

cipollini-rb1000icHe was charged with two counts of break, enter & commit theft and one count of possession of property obtained by crime. ARMSTRONG was released on a Promise to Appear in Milton Court on April 12th 2017.

Police want to remind residents to take precautions to ensure your homes and garages are secure and to report suspicious people and/or vehicles in your neighbourhood to police immediately.

Anyone with information about this or any other break and enter and/or bike theft is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau @ 905-825-4747 Ext. 2316. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Police to host an Open House that will focus on fraud and the damage it does.

Crime 100By Staff

March 21st, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

We are into the annual Fraud Prevention Month during which the Halton Regional Police Service Regional Fraud Unit will be hosting a Fraud Awareness Information Session on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Region of Halton Auditorium (1151 Bronte Road in Oakville).

Fraud prevention month logoMembers of the public are invited to attend the free evening event to learn more about the growing fraud trend in Halton Region and how to protect themselves from becoming victims. Officers with the Unit will be discussing typical scams they have encountered and will provide a series of valuable crime prevention tips. They will also review recent criminal investigations they have undertaken in the past year or so. The session will be followed by a question and answer period.

Reservations are not required and light refreshments will be provided.

For additional information on emergency scams, follow us on Twitter (@HaltonPolice) or visit www.haltonpolice.ca/about/specializedunits/fraud.php

Anyone with information pertaining to a fraud or any other crime is asked to contact the Regional Fraud Bureau Intake Office at 905-465-8741 or Fraud@haltonpolice.ca. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Brand names catch our eye - we tend to trust them. look twice before responding.

Crime 100By Pepper Parr

March 20th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

If your household is anything like mine the Netflix subscription is key to whatever time there is for home entertainment or the occasional binge on a series you just learned about.

Lie to Me keeps me away from the writing – I tend to take in three or four episodes at a time

So when an email showed up saying there was a glitch in renewing the subscription I pay close attention, I didn’t want to be cut off.

I use a prepaid credit card for everything I buy online; that allows me to limit any loss that might occur should someone manage to actually get their mitts on the way I pay for things.

I thought maybe I had forgotten to top up the amount on the card.

If you don’t know what a prepaid credit card is – talk to your bank manager. A safe proof way to protect your real credit and at the same time limit any loss.

I have taught myself to look at the url on every piece of email that comes in related to money.

The url is the the name of the address the email came from.  In his instance it read:  (EXPLAIN)

Take a look at the url on this example: Netflix <noreply@netflix.ssl1.com> Anyone could have made up that email address.  You could go on line now and create an email address that reads @netflix.ssl2.com

Netflix scam part 2

This notice was not from Netflix; it was from someone who wanted me to click on that blue line which would direct me to a website where they could begin milking me for personal identity information. Don’t get pulled into things like this – look at the url

 

This is a legitimate Netflix email url: Netflix <info@mailer.netflix.com>

This was a scam – you can teach yourself the same little tricks and keep your bank happy at the same time.

Few people have any idea how much time the banks have to spend handling the return o funds that were taken illegally from an account. That plus the money that have to pay out.

The cardinal rule is this: If in doubt – don’t.  And if it looks to good to be true – it usually isn’t true.  Trust your instincts and reign in the greed all of us have.

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The long arm of the law reached from Halton Region to Surrey British Columbia.

Crime 100By Staff

March 20, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There was a time that all you had to do was skip town and your problems with the local police force came to an end.  The advent of social media put an end to that loop hole.

The long arm of the law stretches from coast to coast to coast.  For the 22 year-old male sitting in  Hamilton’s Barton Street jail awaiting extradition to California for hacking into the Yahoo web site and making off with billions of names with all kinds of data attached to them,  that arm was quite a bit longer.

The police now have tools that are difficult to defeat.

Halton Regional Police Chief Stephen Tanner talks with Sgt Davies, the man who heads up the accident reconstruction unit. The two of them would really like to see fewer accidents.

Halton Regional Police won’t be using motor cycles to bring back the two fugitives from British Columbia. They will be flown and the word will get out that the police are harder to evade these days.

Members of Halton Regional Police Service’s Risk Mitigation Team (RMT) announced that they have arrested and returned two wanted individuals to Ontario who fled the province in attempts to avoid prosecution.

Over the past few weeks, RMT officers developed lists of wanted individuals, confirmed that warrants were still in effect, and completed background checks on the intended targets. Working with the RCMP in Surrey, British Columbia, two individuals were identified and arrested. Combined they face 14 charges, including Possession of Stolen Credit Card, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Breach of Probation, Uttering Forged Documents, Theft Under $5000, Fraud Under $5000, and Fail to Re-Attend Court.

The names of the two individuals and associated charges they face are:

Joanne WALKER-CALLUM (49 yrs) of Surrey, British Colombia – Possession of stolen credit card X4, Breach of Probation, Theft Under $5000, Uttering a forged document X2, and Fail to re-attend Court.

Blanka DOLEZALOVA (53 Yrs) of Surrey, British Columbia – Possession of Property Obtained by Crime X2, Theft Under $5000, Fraud Under $5000, and Fail to re-attend Court. She is also facing charges with the Ontario Provincial Police

Anyone with information on wanted parties or parties who are breaching their conditions of release is asked to contact Sgt. Paul Harrower (Milton/Halton Hills) at 905-634-1831 ext. 2467, D/Cst. Tim Woollands (Oakville) at 905-634-1831 ext. 2208, or D/Cst Calvin Bulbrook (Burlington) at 905-634-1831 ext. 2387.

Tips can also be submitted through Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca or by texting “Tip 201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Source of some of the Identity Theft turns out to be local - Ancaster resident being held on a warrant to extradite him to California.

Crime 100By Staff

March 18th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The arrest earlier this week of Karim Bartov. a technically brilliant young man, who lived in Ancaster is both sort of local news and a look into how thieves steal your money and when they can your personal identification.

They use a process call phishing – which is basically an email sent to you, which you might want to respond to if you think it comes from an organization you do business with. Your bank, Netflix, Canada Post and Apple are just a few of those we have seen used.

Karim baratov - raking it in

Karim Bartov flashing a big handful of $100 bills.

The thieves buy tens of thousands of names and fire off an email to see who might bite – thus the word phshing.

Where do the names come from? – the young man from Ancaster arrested earlier in the week had hacked into the Yahoo web site and took hundreds of millions of names and sold them to others.

Those names were your identity which they were selling to people who would use them to send out those emails that pop up in your incoming email.

Karim with girls

The cars were fast -hat about the women?

There is almost no limit to what they creeps will do.

Karim Bartov was arrested earlier in the week on a warrant from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for breaking into the Yahoo computer servers where billions of names and all kinds of personal identity information was stored.

Bartov’s skills were such that he was able to actually take over the operation of the software that controlled the servers.  He is accused of working with federal Russian agents

The following is an example of a phishing attempt:

With the introduction of our company into the US and Canada markets, We are currently seeking services of a Representative and Accounts Receivable Personnel/Manager. These positions are on part time bases, requires less than 4hrs weekly and pays between 5,200 to 10,000 monthly with other benefits.
If you are interested this position, visit our website below and click on BECOME A FIDUCIARY AGENT fill out the form and send to us for more information
We look forward to hearing from you.
Best Regards,
Willaim Gifford.
www.the-ggallery.net
giffordgallery@protonmail.com
If you no longer wish to receive information regarding this offer, please reply to this message with the word “Unsubscribe” in the subject line.

This one is filled with red flags.

The amount they are offering to pay for a few hours work appeals to the greed that we all have.

The Christian name of the sender is spelt incorrectly.

karim-baratov

Karim Bartov – a selfie of a selfie

The final insult was the line saying you could unsubscribe. When you do that you have given the thief a name that he knows will respond to something,

When you see what to you doesn’t look right – respect your instincts – delete the email – and remain vigilant because there will be more of them.

The Gazette was talking to a bank manager on Friday who casually said he had cleared an Identity Theft claim for more than $7000 – “and that was just one” he added.

Bartov is now in a Hamilton jail cell awaiting a bail hearing.

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Police are looking for four males who are suspected of breaking into cars in north Burlington.

Crime 100By Staff

March 18th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Police in Burlington are seeking assistance from the public to identify four persons responsible for a series of thefts from vehicles overnight on March 14/15th from rural driveways in north Burlington. One victim had credit cards stolen which were used fraudulently at several locations in the City of Burlington. Four suspects were observed at the various locations.

Theft from autos continue to be a concern in Burlington, particularly when windows are smashed to gain entry.

A second series of thefts from vehicles occurred in the same rural area of Burlington overnight on March 16/17th. Police would like to remind people to avoid leaving valuables inside and/or in plain view. Police also encourage citizens to report any suspicious persons.

suspects theft from autoAnyone who can identify these suspects is asked to contact Det. Ellie Bale of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Residential Property Crime Team @ 905-825-4747 ext 2312. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Halton Regional Police Service investigating double shooting in Burlington

Crime 100By Staff

March 16th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

A usually reliable source informed the Gazette that this was a murder-suicide – both people died.

The Halton Regional Police Service are investigating a double shooting at a Mejilla Chiropractic Clinic in Burlington. Officers responded to the location on Plains Road this afternoon at 12:05 p.m.

Both injured parties were taken to hospital for treatment. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

No suspects are being sought and there is no concern for public safety.

No suspects? More to this story.

Police advise that more information will be issued as it is available.

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Arrest made in November 2016 robbery of taxi driver in Burlington

Crime 100By Staff

March 16, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

On March 14th 2017, Robbery Investigators arrested James Lawrence FAHEY (27 yrs.) of Burlington and charged him with one count of robbery in relation to the robbery of a taxi driver in November, 2016.

He was released on Promise to Appear in Milton Court on April 19th 2017.

Taxi robber March 16-17

Police want to arrest this man – can you help?

Investigators are still seeking the public’s assistance to identify the second male suspect who has a nose ring in his left nostril and what appears to be a tattoo or scar in the area below his left ear.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2316. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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John Tirone tried to enter the Court House in Milton with a weapon along with a large knife

Crime 100By Staff

March 14th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

What in heavens name did John Tirone think he was doing when he tried to enter a court house with a weapon.

At 10:28am on Monday March 13th, 2017 a male was entering the Milton Courthouse located at 491 Steeles Avenue in the Town of Milton.

Milton Court House

Milton Court House hears all the criminal and family law cases along with civil matters.

The male was being screened through a Security checkpoint. That’s when Halton Regional Police Court Officers noticed the firearm. The male was immediately arrested without incident. A search incident to arrest of the male uncovered some knives, one of which was a prohibited weapon. A further search of the male’s motor vehicle resulted in the seizure of a second loaded firearm.

A follow up investigation has revealed that there was no intended action to target any persons. Detective Sergeant Dave Costantini of the One District Criminal Investigations Bureau said, “We are extremely confident that there was no plan to harm any individuals at the Courthouse.”

What was the reason for even trying to take a weapon into the Court House?

A public safety search warrant was conducted on the male’s residence and resulted in the seizure of an additional 7 firearms.

John Tirone, 40 years of Burlington has been charged with several firearms related offences. He has been held for a bail hearing.

• 4 counts of Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
• 1 count of Unauthorized Possession of Weapon
• 3 counts of Carry concealed weapon
• 8 counts of Careless Use of Firearm, Weapon, Ammunition (Included in these charges are the unsafe storage and transport of the firearms and ammunition).
• 2 counts of Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/ammunition
• 2 counts Possession of Firearm at Unauthorized Place

Police security check

Doesn’t everyone know that security screening is done at every courthouse? Apparently not.

There is a psych evaluation test to be done somewhere in the process of this case working its way through the judicial system.

Anyone with information that would assist in this investigation is asked to contact Detective Skoularicos of the Milton One District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747, ext 2420. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers.

“See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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If Crime Stoppers is anonymous - how do they deliver the reward money?

Crime 100By Pepper Parr

March 14th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Just how does Crime stoppers work?

Everyone knows what Crime Stoppers is. Few know just how it works other that there are cash awards for some tips.

The Gazette publishes the following at the bottom of every crime related news article. The Regional Police add it to everything thy send out.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

How effective is the service? Stats for 2016:

Number of Crime Stoppers tips called in – 1,218
Arrests made as the result of a Crime Stoppers tip: 36
Cases Cleared as the result of a Crime Stoppers tip: 25
Charges Laid as the result of a Crime stoppers tip: 75
Property Recovered as the result of Crime Stoppers tips: $40,630
Drugs Seized due to Crime Stoppers tips: $87,600

So – how does being anonymous actually work?

Crime Stoppers is always looking for help.

When someone calls the 1-800 number they are asked not to personally identify themselves. The Crime stoppers telephone number does not have call display on any of its lines.

Cal Millar, the Crime Stoppers vice chair explains that most people don’t call Crime Stoppers looking for a financial reward – they want to help but they don’t want to be identified.

When a person calls Crime Stoppers they are given a six digit file number – and that is the way they know each other – by a number. “If a person tells us who they are, our trained Crime Stoppers operator immediately ends the call and instructs the caller to call the police.

The anonymity is core to what Crime Stoppers does; people, for the most part do not call for the reward money.

When there is a cash payout – how does a caller get the money – that’s a part of Crime Stoppers that results in a lot of humourous stories.

Detective - Cal Millar

What Crime Stoppers vice chair Cal Millar might have looked like when he was handing over a reward – there would have been a flower in the lapel of the trench coat.

Millar recalls the time he was to meet a Crime Stoppers caller. “I had an envelope with cash in it and had agreed to meet the caller at an agreed upon location. Because names were not being used I said I would be wearing a flower in the lapel of my jacket and would be standing near a stairway in a public place.”

“The Crime Stopper approached me” said Millar, “ told me what the six digit identifying number was and it matched what I had on the envelop so I passed it over and we each went our separate ways.”

The cloak and dagger days are in the past for Crime Stoppers. The organization has a number of trusted partners who hold the envelopes for people to pick up. A recipient of a cash award will drop by an office or a retail location and ask if there is an envelope. Give the clerk the identifying number and the envelope gets handed over.

HotelCalifornia poster Crime Stoppers

A tribute to the Eagles – Hotel California at the St Volodymyr Cultural Centre on March 30th.

Where does the reward money come from? That’s what Crime Stoppers fund raising is all about. They hold events and raise funds that they then hand out.

Crime Stoppers has an event coming up on March 30th.  Hotel California will be playing at St Volodymyr Cultural Centre on March 30th.

Crime Stoppers is supported by the Regional Police who provide office space and a trained staffer who has security clearance to handle the incoming calls.

There is also a police officer assigned to the unit as liaison. The role is currently filled by Detective Constable Jodi Thompson.

Police throughout Canada and the United states will tell you that after fingerprints Crime Stoppers is the best investigative tool they have. DNA has since been added to the best tools the police have.

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