Regional Police Project #Noisemaker Aims to Target Loud and Unsafe Vehicles and Aggressive Driving

News 100 yellowBy Staff

March 30th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service continues to receive numerous complaints from across the region regarding loud and unnecessary noise from motor vehicles which have been illegally modified by removing the mufflers, or modifying the exhaust system.

It has been observed through proactive enforcement that this unnecessary noise is often found to be accompanied by other illegal vehicle modifications, unsafe vehicle conditions and aggressive driving behaviours. During the course of the 2020 Project #Noisemaker campaign in Halton, Enforcement activities resulted in the following:

• More than 1420 charges laid region-wide
• 574 charges for no/improper muffler
• 396 charges for unnecessary noise
• 12 racing/stunt driving charges

carrally police breakup

Police breaking up a late night car racing rally

The remaining charges were primarily vehicle defects, moving violations, licence violations, licence plate violations, violations of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, and violations of the Environmental Protection Act (removal of vehicle emissions components).

During the project, more than 40 vehicles were removed from the roadway for various reasons including defects (causing the vehicle to be unfit), improper licences and stunt driving legislation. Further, the Project was successfully implemented by various Police Agencies across the Province.

As a result, the Halton Regional Police will be continuing with Project #Noisemaker. The region-wide project will be launching on April 1st, 2021 and will run until October 31, 2021. Project #Noisemaker aims to address concerns of motor vehicles with illegal modifications, unsafe motor vehicles, and aggressive driving.

As part of Project #Noisemaker, Officers from the District Response Teams and Regional Traffic Services will collaborate with partner agencies to conduct inspections through an Operation Wreck Check; will target illegal street racing activity through Project ERASE (eliminate racing activity on streets everywhere) enforcement dates, and will partner with Municipal Enforcement Officers to conduct enforcement of the Town of Oakville’s motorcycle noise by law.

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

Anyone with enforcement concerns is asked to fill out an online form available on the Halton Regional Police Service website.  CLICK HERE 

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Burlington Man Charged with Multiple Drug Offences after Failing to Stop for Police

Crime 100By Staff

March 29th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On March 26, 2021 at 5:40 pm, members of the Halton Regional Police Service – 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, with assistance of the Tactical Rescue Unit, attempted to stop an individual in a motor vehicle in the area of Highway 6 North and Leslie Road in Wellington County in relation to a drug trafficking investigation. The driver attempted to flee in his vehicle and struck a police cruiser, as well as a civilian vehicle before losing control and driving into a ditch a short distance away. The driver was placed under arrest at that time. There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident and damage to the vehicles was minor.

Crime Mar 26 bust

No wonder the driver didn’t want to stop.

George Smith (27) of Burlington has been charged with:

• Flight from Peace Officer
• Dangerous Operation
• Failing to Stop After Accident
• Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
• Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking: Methamphetamine (2 counts)
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking: Cocaine
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking: Fentanyl
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking: Oxycodone
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking: Hydromorphone

As a result of the arrest, two Criminal Code search warrants were executed (one in Burlington and one in Wasaga Beach). The following items were seized as a result of the investigation

• 2308 grams of methamphetamine
• 246 grams of cocaine
• 271 grams of fentanyl
• 50 hydromorphone pills
• 6 Oxycodone pills
• Approximately $9000 in Canadian currency
• A flick knife

Smith was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Scott Heyerman of the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 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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Burlington Man Arrested for $1.6 Million Fraud

Crime 100By Staff

March 24, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service – Fraud Unit has arrested a Burlington man in relation to a fraud investigation.

iiroc logoThe accused was an investment industry professional who worked for a financial company that was registered with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).

Between 2011 and 2016, two victims invested a total of approximately $1.6 million with the accused to purchase insurance and other investments. The accused diverted the funds he received from the victims to his own bank accounts.

The fraud was discovered in 2016 when the victims learned that the accused had entered into a settlement agreement with IIROC which resulted in a permanent prohibition on registration.

On March 17, 2021 Brian Kumar (47) of Burlington, was arrested and charged with:

 Fraud Over $5000 (3 counts)

Kumar was released on an undertaking.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Det. Constable Kevin Barkhouse of the Halton Regional Police Service – Fraud Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 8912.

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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Regional Police arrest Gavin Reid on multiple charges related to human trafficking.

Crime 100By Staff

March 22nd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Human trafficking is despicable. There is no other word for it. That is takes places at all is a reflection of the people who deal in this kind of business as well as the people who pay the traffickers.

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has made an arrest in a human trafficking investigation and believe there may be additional survivors.

Following a brief investigation, 29 year-old Gavin Reid of Brampton was arrested on March 20, 2021, in Barrie.

Reid has been charged with the following:

• Trafficking in Persons
• Procuring – Provide Sexual Services for Consideration
• Knowingly Advertise Sexual Services
• Withhold or Destroy Identity/Documents
• Receive Material Benefit resulting from Trafficking in Persons
• Receive Material Benefit resulting from Sexual Services
• Forcible Confinement
• Aggravated Assault

The accused also goes by the alias of “Blaze”. The survivor in this investigation was trafficked within Halton and surrounding jurisdictions.

The HRPS would like to thank the Barrie Police Service for their assistance and collaboration in this investigation.

“This investigation reminds us all of the prevalence of human trafficking in southern Ontario. This is an abhorrent crime that knows no jurisdictional boundaries. If you are a survivor of forced prostitution or forced labour or believe someone else might be, or if you know individuals involved in trafficking in persons, call the Halton Regional Police Service, Crime Stoppers or the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline,” says Inspector Dave Costantini of the HRPS Human Trafficking Unit.

Police believe there are additional victims in regards to this investigation and are asking anyone who has come into contact with Gavin Reid or has information to contact the Human Trafficking Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 5331.

CrimeStopper_LogoTips 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.

The Halton Regional Police Service firmly believes that every person has the right to feel safe in our community.

Victims of violence and/or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact the Halton Regional Police Service. The following is a list of valuable support services and resources in our region for victims of violence and/or sexual assault:

• Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit 905-825-4777 ext. 5239 or by email at VictimServices@haltonpolice.ca
• Nina’s Place Sexual Assault and Domestic Assault Care Centre 905-336-4116 or 905-681-4880
• Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) 905-875-1555 (24-hour crisis line)
• Radius Child & Youth Services 905-825-3242 (Oakville) or 1-855-744-9001
• Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 (24-hour crisis line)
• THRIVE Counselling 905-845-3811 or 905-637-5256

TraffickingSigns / Indicators of Human Trafficking
• Not being allowed to speak for themselves;
• Not having control of their own money or cellphone;
• Suddenly having a new or second cell phone with a secret number;
• Being controlled by others and escorted at all times;
• Not being allowed to contact family or friends;
• Withdrawing from family and friends;
• Providing rehearsed answers to casual questions;
• Being secretive about their activities;
• Showing signs of abuse, such as bruising, cigarette burns, fractures, etc.
• Having a new boyfriend, girlfriend or friend who they won’t introduce to friends/family; and
• Having new items (clothing, jewelry etc.) outside their financial means.

What Should I Do if I Think Someone is a Victim of Trafficking?
If there is immediate danger or if you suspect someone is being trafficked, call 9-1-1.

You may also call the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010.

The Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline is a confidential, multilingual service, operating 24/7 to connect victims and survivors with social services, law enforcement, and emergency services, as well as receive tips from the public. The hotline uses a victim-centered approach when connecting human trafficking victims and survivors with local emergency, transition, and/or long-term supports and services across the country, as well as connecting callers to law enforcement where appropriate.

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Halton Police Investigate Series of Pharmacy Robberies

Crime 100By Staff

March 16th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) are investigating a series of pharmacy robberies that police believe to be connected.

On February 15, 2021, at approximately 3:55 pm three males entered Halton Pharmacy on Speers Road in Oakville and demanded the pharmacist turnover narcotics from the safe. After stealing the drugs, the suspects fled the area in an SUV. No weapons were seen or mentioned and no physical injuries were sustained.

Alton IDA

No one physically injured during the incident at this location.

On February 19, 2021, at approximately 5:15 pm three males entered IDA Pharmacy and Alton Village Medical Clinic on Thomas Alton Boulevard in Burlington and demanded the pharmacist turnover narcotics. They were unsuccessful in obtaining any drugs however they did steal cash from the register. They fled the area in an SUV. The suspects indicated they were armed, but no weapons were observed. Nobody was physically injured during the incident.

On March 14, 2021, at approximately 7:05 pm four males entered Rexall Pharma Plus on Lakeshore Road West in Oakville. They again targeted narcotics from the safe and were able to steal a quantity of prescription drugs and cash. On this occasion, one of the suspects was armed with a kitchen knife. They fled the area in a sedan.  Two victims suffered minor physical injuries during this robbery.

In each incident the suspects have been wearing masks however they appear to be between 16-22 years of age.

Police want to remind the public of the following safety tips:

  • Always be vigilant of your surroundings
  • If you find yourself present during a robbery, remain calm. Do not argue with the robbers or attempt to disarm them
  • Try and note/remember as many details as possible
  • Do not touch or move anything discarded or left behind by the robbers
  • Once safe to do so, call 911 and remain at the scene until police arrive

Crime stoppers logoAnyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Barry Malciw of the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2218.

Police would also be interested in any dash cam footage residents may have of the suspects and their vehicles in the area and time of the robberies.

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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Security guard tries to extort people in mandatory 14 day quarantine: charged sexual assault as well

Crime 100By Staff

February 24th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Tough enough being quarantined – but imagine a security guard trying  to extort money from you and then sexually assault you.

HRPS crestThe Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has arrested and charged a security guard with multiple charges related to a quarantine compliance check.

The accused is employed by one of the four private security companies hired and trained by the Public Health Agency of Canada to be designated Screening Officers under the Quarantine Act. Screening Officers visit travellers’ quarantine locations to establish contact, confirm identify and confirm that travellers are at the place of quarantine they identified upon entry into Canada, to ensure that travellers are complying with the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements.

Police investigation revealed that on February 18, 2021, the accused attended a residence in Oakville to conduct a quarantine compliance check. The accused informed the victim that they were in violation of the quarantine order and demanded that a fine be paid in cash. When the victim declined to pay, she was sexually assaulted by the accused.

On February 23, 2021, HRPS officers with the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit located and arrested 27 year-old Hemant (full name) of Hamilton. Police will not be disclosing the name of the security company that employs Hemant, but can confirm that he has been suspended.

Hemant has been charged with the following:
• Sexual Assault
• Extortion

Hemant was released from custody pending a court appearance in Milton on March 23, 2021.

There may be additional victims, and police would encourage anyone who may have experienced something similar to contact their local police service (where the offence took place).

Crime stoppers logoTips 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.

Note: Screening Officers contracted by the Public Health Agency of Canada are not police officers and cannot issue an offence notice (ticket) or conduct an arrest. Immediate demand for payment of any kind should never be made in the course of a quarantine compliance check.

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Mayor sued for $1 million by Sean Baird - 11 others included in the Statement of Claim. City will pick up the Mayor's legal expenses

SwP thumbnail graphicBy Pepper Parr

February 18th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

OPINION

CORRECTION: The $2150,000 for malicious and high handed conduct should have been $250,000

 

Sean Baird has instructed his legal counsel to file a Notice of Action and has delivered a Statement of Claim to the following

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Marianne Meed Ward on election night.

Adam Atkinson – with CHCH
Sharon Balcaran-Grantham
John Bkila – Communication person in the Mayor’s office
Kelly Childs – owner of a cup cake shop
Lynn Crosby – citizen and manager of the Mayors 2018 election campaign manager
Georgie Gatside, City of Burlington employee
Victoria Hughes Al-Samadi – Chief of Staff for the Mayor
David Lea – journalist for Torstar
Marianne Meed Ward – Mayor of Burlington
Don Mitchell – with Global News
James Burchill – operates the Smart Car Confidential blog
Pepper Parr, publisher of the Burlington Gazette

The Mayor and I are finally involved in a law suit where we are on the same side.

Some facts.  Mr Baird was charged under the criminal code for fraud over $5,000 and Used forged documents.  He was also charged under the Municipal Elections Act.  The Crown withdrew the Criminal Code charges against Sean Baird.  The municipal elections Act charges have yet to be heard in a Courtroom.

Sean Baird is now suing for damages to his reputation.

The Statement of claim is for $1 million for libel plus $250,000 for malicious and high handed conduct.

Many of those served with the Statement of Claim are employees of a national newspaper operation who will cover the legal costs.

The City will cover the legal costs of the Mayor, her staff and city employees. That expense will be buried in the legal department budget.

In the covering letter that accompanied the Statement of Claim and the Notice of Action counsel writes.

“You are invited to make inquiries with respect to these matters, and to publicly apologize to Mr. Baird with respect to the contents contained in these pleadings. On a without prejudice basis, I will thereafter seek instructions from Mr. Baird for dismissal of the claim against you on a without cost basis.”

More to this story.

Related news stories:

Sean Baird charged with fraud

Criminal charges against Sean Baird withdrawn
Salt with Pepper is the musings, reflections and opinions of the publisher of the Burlington Gazette, an online newspaper that was formed in 2010 and is a member of the National Newsmedia Council.

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A New Scam - Aimed at People Who Buy a lot Online

Crime 100By Staff

February 17th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This scam is perfidious – deceitful and untrustworthy.

Many of us have resorted to buying on line and the people who sell and then ship to us tend to use whatever is available.

FedEx and UPS appear to be swamped at time.

The packages are frequently late but they do get there.

This note appeared in my mail box.  I knew the moment I saw it that it was a scam – but that is due to a large degree because I see literally dozens a day.

Take a look at this:

Scam delivery failed

My first reaction was that I had not bought anything from the company – but maybe one of the companies I did buy something from was using a different delivery service.

The address it was supposedly sent from could be real.  When I thought it about it – it just looked too fishy.  Then I noticed the address they used to reach me I realized that was not a name I would ever use.

Cardinal rule:  If in doubt – don’t.

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Charges Laid Against Halton Regional Police Service Officer

Crime 100By Staff

February 17th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A uniform member of the Halton Regional Police Service has been charged with offences under the Criminal Code of Canada following an external and independent investigation into an incident that took place in the Town of Oakville on April 8, 2020.

On that date, four Halton Regional Police Service officers responded to the area of Third Line and Dundas Street West in Oakville for reports of a male loitering in the area. An interaction ensued between the officers and the male.

Police officer assaulting man in Oakville

Police officer assaults young man while three other stand by taking no action.

Immediately upon learning of this incident, the officer who made direct physical contact with the male was suspended from duty with pay, which is the only option available to a police service as prescribed by the Police Services Act (PSA). Further, to ensure transparency, Chief Stephen Tanner requested that the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) commence a criminal investigation into the incident.

Concomitantly, the other three officers who were in attendance at the incident were re-assigned to administrative positions pending the outcome of the investigation by WRPS.

As a result of that external and independent investigation, Constable Jason Mathers has been charged on this date with the following:

• Assault with a Weapon
• Mischief Under $5,000

He has been released and is scheduled to appear (virtually) in court on March 9, 2021. He remains suspended with pay, which continues to be the only option under the PSA.

Now that the criminal investigation has concluded, an internal disciplinary investigation into the actions of all four officers under Part V of the PSA will be completed.

Halton Regional Police Services Chief Tanner wants to tweet with you.

Halton Regional Police Services Chief Tanner.

Chief Tanner on behalf of the Halton Regional Police Service said:  “We recognize that the actions of our officers at this incident have the potential to undermine public trust in our Service, and in policing as a whole. We remain committed to fostering and maintaining a very positive relationship with the community we serve.

It is of paramount importance that any investigation into the actions of a police officer is not only thorough, but also unbiased, transparent and fair. We are grateful for the assistance of the Waterloo Regional Police Service in this matter and for their investigation into this incident.”

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Molotov Cocktail thrown at house fails to explode - Police arrested suspect earlier this week

Crime 100By Staff

February 10th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

molotive cocktail

They were once a working too for the radical protesters. Always illegal.

Arson is not something that you read about very often; molotov cocktails went out of style in the sixties.

In December of 2020, the Halton Regional Police Service responded to a report of an attempted deployment of an incendiary device targeting an address on Bonney Meadow Road.

The investigation at the scene revealed a suspect attempted to utilize a breakable glass bottle containing a flammable substance, commonly referred to a ‘Molotov Cocktail’, however was unsuccessful and ultimately fled the area.

On February 8, 2021, the suspect, Sem Golov (24) of Brampton, was arrested and charged with the following:

• Arson
• Breach of Weapons Prohibition Order (2 counts)

The investigation revealed this was a targeted incident.

Anyone with information in regards to any of these occurrences is asked to contact Detective Barry Malciw, Oakville Criminal Investigation Bureau, 905-825-4747 extension 2218.

Tips can also be submitted 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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Armed Robbery at Burlington Pharmacy - staff ordered to lie down on the floor - cash and drugs taken

Crime 100By Staff

February 1st, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On January 31, 2021, at approximately 3:50 pm three suspects entered a Shoppers Drug Mart store located near the intersection of Walkers Line and Dundas Street in Burlington. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun. The suspects threatened store employees and forced them to lie on the floor.

car used in armed robbery

Bandits fleeing the scene of an armed robbery in a stolen vehicle.

The suspects then stole a large quantity of Tylenol pills, Percocet pills and a quantity of cash before fleeing the store in a waiting vehicle.

They were last seen driving northbound on Walkers line in a stolen 2017 White Hyundai Elantra (see photo attached to website).

No employees were physically injured during the robbery.

There are no suspect descriptions available at this time.

CrimeStopper_LogoAnyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825 4747 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.com

 

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Male Arrested in Online Extortion Investigation In the summer of 2020

Crime 100By Staff

February 1st, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

In the summer of 2020, the Halton Regional Police Service started an online extortion investigation when two separate victims reported being contacted over social media. The victims were asked to send a nude image in exchange for money. The suspect indicated the image would only be viewed for a few seconds before being deleted.

After receiving the image the suspect was able to save a copy and threatened to distribute it unless additional images were sent. No money was exchanged.

The suspect ultimately distributed the images without the consent of the victims and in one case the victim was under the age of 18.

On January 28, 2021, the suspect, Nathan Haslett (25) of Oakville was arrested and charged with the following:

• Extortion (3 counts)
• Distribution of Intimate Image Without Consent (5 counts)
• Distribution of Child Pornography (4 counts)
• Possession of Child Pornography (3 counts)

Police believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone who had contact with the online identity of “Jason Tottersmith” and/or Instagram account “jay.totts” or Snapchat account of “jtottersmith” to contact police.

Police want to remind the public of the following:

• All images shared over the internet can be saved without your knowledge.
• Never send images to unknown persons over the internet.
• Increase all privacy and security settings to all of your social media accounts.
• For additional internet safety tips, please visit https://www.cybertip.ca/app/en/

CrimeStopper_LogoAnyone with information in regards to any of these occurrences is asked to contact Acting Detective Stephane Verreault of the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2260

Tips can also be submitted 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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Female takes $1,200 worth of fragrance product - by passes the check aisle

Crime 100By Staff

February 1st, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On Saturday January 30th, 2021, at approximately 3:40pm, a lone female entered the Shoppers Drug Mart located at 4525 New Street in the City of Burlington. The female proceeded to the fragrance area and concealed $1,200.00 worth of product in a large purse. The female exited the store, making no attempt to pay for the items.

fragrance theft

Lady on a shopping spree – forgot about the check-out aisle.

If you can identify this suspect, please contact Cst. Kate Bechard at 905-825-4777 ext.7501 or kate.bechard@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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Retail Theft Investigation Leads to Arrests and Charges

Crime 100By Staff

January 26th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau has completed an investigation into a series of retail thefts and robberies that took place throughout the region.

Suspects in these occurrences entered retail stores and stole large quantities of merchandise including high end fragrances, formula and energy drinks (see attached photo). In some instances, when confronted by staff the suspects utilized threats or violence to aid their escape.
Stores were targeted in Milton, Oakville and Burlington.

On January 24, 2021, investigators arrested executed two warrants (one at a residence in Toronto and a second at a retail store in Toronto).

William Berry (40) of Carrying Place has been arrested and charged with:
• Robbery (x3)
• Theft Under $5000

Marc Sestito (32) of North York has been arrested and charged with:
• Robbery (x2)
• Theft Under $5000

Du Xu (39) of Toronto has been arrested and charged with:
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000 for the Purpose of Trafficking

CrimeStdoppers-HaltonAll three have been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with information in regards to this investigation is asked to contact the 1 District Criminal Investigations Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 2416.

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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Four Arrested in Burlington Drug Trafficking Investigation

Crime 100By Staff

January 18th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

HRPS crestA one month drug investigation by the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) – 3 District Street Crime Unit has resulted in the arrest of two males.

With the assistance of area residents, investigators were able to identify a group of individuals who were trafficking drugs in the area of Marley Crescent and Francis Road in Burlington.

The following individuals have been arrested and charged:

Scott Ross (27) of Burlington
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (6 counts) – Cocaine, Fentanyl , Xanax, Codeine, Nabilone, Buprenorphine
• Trafficking – Cocaine
• Trafficking – Xanax
• Weapons Dangerous

Crystal McMullen (37) of Burlington
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (6 Counts) – Cocaine, Fentanyl , Xanax, Codeine, Nabilone, Buprenorphine

Braeden Bonhomme (28) of Burlington
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (2 counts) – Cocaine and Xanax
• Breach Probation

Jordan Hughes (27) of Burlington
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (2 counts) – Cocaine and Xanax

All accused were released on a Promise to Appear.

As a result of the investigation, the following items were seized:

• 5.6 grams Cocaine
• 2.4 grams Fentanyl
• 107 Xanax bars
• 404 Nabilone pills
• 720 ml Codeine
• 8 Buprenorphine pills
• $2040 cash

The estimated value of the drugs seized is $3700.

The HRPS were particularly pleased with the vigilance and support of area residents for their  assistance in this investigation; an example of residents coming together to make their community safer.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Sgt. Scott Heyerman of the 3 District Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4747 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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Police Make Arrest in 2019 Shooting

Crime 100By Staff

January 14th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has made an arrest in connection with a shooting that took place in Burlington in 2019. On August 10, 2019, at approximately 7:20 am, police responded to a shooting at a residence on Maple Avenue.

Suspects fired shots at a victim after ringing the doorbell at the residence. The victim was not hit by any of the shots and not physically injured. Suspects fled the area in a vehicle. No arrests were made at that time.

On January 13, 2021, investigators with the 30 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau executed a search warrant at a residence in Stoney Creek. One suspect was arrested and has now been charged in relation to this incident.

Evan Trites (25) of Stoney Creek has been charged with the following:
• Utter Threats
• Assault with a Weapon
• Reckless Discharge of a Firearm

Trites was held in custody pending a bail hearing in Milton.

CrimeStopper_LogoAnyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 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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Burton reported to be ready to resign from Police Services Board - calls a Special closed meeting of that Baird for the 15th

Newsflash 100By Pepper Parr

January 11th, 2021- 9:45 pm

BURLINGTON, ON

 

From a source that has never let us down before we were told that Oakville Mayor Rob Burton has or will be resigning as Chair of the Halton Regional Police Services Board.

In an email from Burton to the Board members they were advised that there will be a Special Meeting of the Board.

Burton said: “In response to concerns regarding Chief Tanner’s recent travel to the U.S., the Halton Police Board will be holding a special meeting on Friday January 15th to obtain legal advice.

“This meeting will be closed to the public, as permitted under the Police Services Act. The Board will deal with the matter at its next public meeting 9.am. January 28th, which will be held by Zoom.”

Chief Tanner was reported to have left Canada and entered the United States with a person who is the president of a nationally known advocacy group that has chapters in Burlington, Oakville and Milton.

Early reports were that Tanner had sought permission from Chair Burton to travel who said that at the time, the first day of the province wide lock down, that he had no objections.

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Chief of Police travels to the United States during lock down.
Chair of Police Services said at the time that he had no objections to the travel.

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Chair of Police Services Board gives Chief of Police a 'Get Out of Jail' card - let's him off the hook

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

January 8th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

Corrected: Rob Burton is the Mayor of Oakville and not Burlington – When I type Mayor my computer adds Burlington.

Chair of the Police Services Board Rob Burton, who is also the Mayor of Oakville said today that “Chief Steve  Tanner informed me in advance of his travel to tend to a property matter. I had no objection.

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Halton Regional Police Chief Steve Tanner has the full confidence of the Chair of the Police Services Board.

“Things can always look differently in hindsight, can’t they, and things looked differently back before the partial lockdown began when I didn’t have an objection.

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Rob Burton – Oakville Mayor and Chair of the Police Services Board – gives the police chief some wiggle room

“Since then, I would have responded differently. Chief Tanner continues to have my full confidence. The Chief leads our police service in an exemplary manner and will continue to do so.”

It would appear that the Chief advised the Chair – the Chair said ‘no problem’ bring back some of those Cuban cigars with you’.  Then the lock down was imposed.  Did the Chair direct the Chief to get back pronto – and is the Chief in place now or is he self isolating?

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Police Chief Reported to be in Florida.

Newsflash 100By Pepper Parr

January 8th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

UPDATED

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What do you say when the Chief of Police is reported to be in Florida?

Halton Regional Police Chief Stephen Tanner is reported to have been or is still in Florida.

Global News broke the story an hour or so ago.

No notice of a police convention in Florida.

There is a report that the Chief is in Florida on a property related matter.

Another report has police union members outraged.

The Gazette has reached out to Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, who is the current Chair of the Police Services Board – the level that hires the police Chief.  He has not returned our request for comment.

Public trust just goes down the toilet.

 

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Arrest Made After Shooting in Appleby GO Station Parking Lot

Crime 100By Staff

January 2nd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police had a major case on their hands New Year’s Day.

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Shooting took place at the Appleby GO station parking lot.

Report of a shooting in the parking lot of the Appleby GO station some time before 1 p.m. on January 1, had the Halton Regional Police Service tending to an individual who appeared to have been shot in a vehicle in the Appleby GO station parking lot in Burlington.

Police officers had been directed to a woman in a vehicle suffering from head trauma that appeared to be the result of a gunshot. A male suspect was arrested at the scene. The female was transported to hospital, where she is receiving care for serious injuries. A weapon was recovered at the scene.

The male and female are known to each other. No additional suspects are outstanding and there is no ongoing threat to public safety.

For the protection of the privacy of the victim, the suspect will not be named at this time, and no additional details will be provided to media.

CrimeStopper_LogoPolice are appealing for any witnesses who may have observed any suspicious activity at the Appleby GO station between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, January 1, 2021, or anyone who may have information about this incident, to contact police at 905-825-4777 ext. 8799.

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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