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Guelph Police Service warns of ‘puppy scams’

The Guelph Police Service is warning the public to be cautious when buying pets online, after several recent calls from residents who have been defrauded.

The most recent example, reported on Saturday, saw a Guelph father and daughter defrauded of almost $4,400 after arranging online to purchase a puppy from what they believed was an American breeder. After sending email money transfers for $850 US, which was to cover the cost of the Weimaraner puppy and a flight to ship the dog from Ohio to Toronto, the family was repeatedly asked for more money to cover vet bills, insurance and other expenses. The family transferred the funds for these additional expenses.

However last Friday, while the father and daughter were en route to Pearson International Airport to get their puppy, the 17-year-old daughter received a message that the dog was allegedly stuck at the border in Buffalo and could not enter Canada without more vaccinations. The alleged seller asked for an additional $3,000. At this point the Guelph family realized they had been scammed and made a police report.

Police believe the breeder’s website is fraudulent. The investigation is ongoing.


Male charged with arson in Saturday morning fire

A Guelph male faces an arson charge after a fire early Saturday morning which caused the evacuation of an apartment building in downtown Guelph.

On January 16, 2021, at approximately 1:10am, the Guelph Fire Department and the Guelph Police Service were notified of a fire at an apartment building on Woolwich Street near Eramosa Road.

The fire was deemed to be suspicious in nature. Following an investigation with the assistance of the Office of the Fire Marshal, police arrested a 31-year-old Guelph male and have charged him with arson and two counts of breach of probation.

The male was held in custody for a bail hearing Monday morning.

No injuries were sustained as a result of the fire and damage estimates are yet to be determined.

Anyone who may have information about this incident or any similar incidents is asked to contact Detective Constable Steven Ladouceur at 519-824-1212, ext. 7483, email him at, leave an anonymous tip for Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at

Male charged with impaired after crashing car

A Guelph male is charged with impaired operation and dangerous driving after witnesses saw him crash, and then attack, his vehicle early Monday morning.

At approximately 12:40 a.m. Sunday, the Guelph Police Service was advised of a single-vehicle collision on Edinburgh Road South just north of College Avenue West. Investigation revealed the driver was northbound on Edinburgh Road South when he drifted across the centre line and mounted the curb on the west side of the road. The motor vehicle drove over driveways and snowbanks before striking a hydro pole, destroying the vehicle.

Witnesses then saw the irate driver removing a large piece of wood from inside the vehicle and smashing the rear window with it.

Police arrived on scene a short time later and quickly determined the male was impaired by a controlled substance. He was arrested for impaired operation and dangerous driving. His driver’s license was immediately suspended for seven days and his vehicle impounded for 90 days.

A 27-year-old Guelph male will appear in court May 7, 2021.


Charges laid after false fire alarm

A Guelph male faces criminal charges after pulling a fire alarm at an apartment building early Sunday morning.

At 5:17 a.m., the Guelph Police Service was dispatched to an apartment building on Waterloo Avenue near Silvercreek Parkway South. A fire alarm pull station had been activated, and damage done to the building’s lobby including fire evacuation sheets removed from the walls and hand sanitizer poured on tables and mirrors.

Police located a male nearby carrying a large black garbage bag. When officers looked in the bag they discovered the missing evacuation sheets as well as flyers and other items removed from the building’s lobby.

A 50-year-old Guelph male is charged with false alarm of fire, mischief under $5,000 and breach of probation. He will appear in court May 11, 2021.


Male arrested for assaulting, intimidating co-accused

A Guelph male who assaulted his co-accused after the other male refused to lie in court is facing several criminal charges.

Last summer, the two males were jointly charged with possession of fentanyl for the purposes of trafficking after 274 grams of the drug were seized. Subsequent to that arrest, the 35-year-old pressured his co-accused to claim sole ownership of the drugs in court, threatening to kill members of the other male’s family if he did not do so. When the co-accused refused, he was punched several times in the face.

A 35-year-old Guelph male was arrested Sunday and charged with assault, uttering threats, obstructing justice and breach of a release order. He was held for a bail hearing Monday.


Drug and property charges after warrant executed

A Guelph female faces drug and property charges after a warrant was executed at her residence on January 15, 2021.

At the end of 2020, members of the Guelph Police Service High Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) began an investigation after receiving information about trafficking by tenants of an apartment unit on Imperial Road North near Speedvale Avenue West.

Last Friday, members of HEAT and the Guelph Police Service Tactics and Rescue Unit executed the warrant, seizing a small amount of fentanyl as well as several bank cards and documents in various names. A 32-year-old Guelph female is charged with possession of a controlled substance, eight counts of possession of stolen property and possession of an identity document. She will appear in court May 7, 2021.

The investigation is ongoing.


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