Between January 29th and February 11th, the West Nipissing Police Service logged 314 calls for service. Among those were 48 police assistance calls, 18 motor vehicle collisions, 11 9-1-1 calls, 11 thefts, 5 break and enters, 3 frauds, 2 assaults and 2 domestic assault.
On January 31st, police received information from a female regarding issues she was having with her boyfriend. During the initial meeting she did not want to get into details but told police that she was being abused. The next day, an officer met with the complainant where she provided a statement and gave details regarding numerous assaults. Later that same day, the 20 year old suspect was located and charged with 5 counts of domestic assault. He was eventually released on a Promise to Appear with conditions that he not communicate with the victim.
A 36 year old male has been arrested and charged with domestic assault. On February 4th, the female victim attended police headquarters and reported that she had just been assaulted by her common-law spouse. She told police that a verbal argument started where the suspect would have grabbed her by the back of the neck pushing her on the bed. She managed to get away and immediately attended the police station. The male was eventually located and arrested. He was released on a Promise to Appear with conditions. Four days later, this same accused was arrested and charged with 2 counts of breach of Undertaking after a complaint was received from the victim stating that the accused had attended her residence. At this time, the accused was kept in custody and brought to bail court.
On February 8th, a complaint was received of an assault that had just occurred at a restaurant located on Front St. The complainant told police that an altercation occurred between him and two other males. He said that a fight broke out and at one point, he got punched in the face by one suspect then he got hit by the other male using a helmet which caused substantial bruising around his left eye. The two males were identified by the victim. An 18 year old male was charged with assault and a 16 year old was charged with assault with a weapon. Both were released on a Promise to Appear with conditions not to communicate with the victim.
A break in complaint was received from a Kipling resident. On February 9th, the owner said that within the past two days, someone gained entry by breaking through the front door and once inside stole numerous items including a chainsaw, an ice auger, a PS3, DVD’s, a surveillance camera, tackle boxes, a car polisher and old coins. Footprints and vehicle tracks were observed in the snow but no suspects have been identified at this time.
On February 10th, a complaint was received from an Arthur St resident regarding a break and enter. Police attended and spoke with the owner who said that someone broke into his residence between 7 am and 11:30 that day. Once inside, the thief stole a large amount of cash, jewelry, electronics and tools. A scenes of crime officer attended and processed the residence in the hopes of finding further evidence. There are no suspects at this time but police are still investigating.
The WNPS has been receiving a few complaints from vehicle owners regarding mischief done to their vehicles. The complainants had their windows broken where the culprits stole various items from inside the cars. The items stolen range from an air compressor, snowmobile mittens, an IPOD, glasses and loose change. It is unconfirmed that these were all done by the same person but there are similarities with the complaints received. No suspects have been identified at this time.
Police are getting numerous calls regarding fraudulent phone calls. The most common one is that the caller identifies himself as representative of the Canada Revenue Agency where he says that the person is in arrears in his taxes and payment needs to be paid up and if payment is not received, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Residents need to understand never to give out personal or financial information to anyone calling on the telephone or even via e-mail.
Anyone with information about these occurrences is asked to contact the West Nipissing Police Service at 705-753-1234. For those who wish to remain anonymous, there are three ways to contact the Near North Crime Stoppers. Call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text the word “Nipper” plus the tip information to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online at nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.