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West Nipissing Police Service weekly update (January 01 – January 06)

Between January 1 st and January 6th, the West Nipissing Police Service logged 107 calls for service. Among those were 28 police assistance calls, 4 thefts, 1assault, 2 Impaired Operation of a motor vehicle complaints, 3 fraud complaints, 3domestic disputes and 1 break and enter and three thefts.

On January 1st , the West Nipissing Police Service responded to a local bar to investigate a complaint of an assault. Officers learned that there had been a misunderstanding between two females and a male and that the argument became physical. Peace was maintained and neither party was charged.

On January 2nd, police were dispatched to a Mageau street residence regarding a break and enter. The investigating officer learned that the home owner was away and upon return discovered that someone had entered the home and had stolen personal effects. Items stolen include a television and jewelry.

Police responded to three domestic disturbances, two in the John Street area and the third in the Allain court area. Upon investigating the complaints officers discovered that the involved parties had been arguing however no assaults had occurred and no threats had been made. The individuals were all cautioned and the peace was maintained.

On January 3rd the police received a complaint of a fraud. The Nipissing Street resident advised that a few months prior she had purchased what she believed was a security system for her computer. On this date a representative from the alleged computer company contacted her to report they were closing down their business and that they were refunding their customers. The representative advised the complainant that they had deposited money in her bank account but had made a mistake in the amount and requested she return part of the funds to them. The complainant attended her financial institution and learned that the culprits had not deposited any money but rather had transferred money from one of her account to another. The complainant had unknowingly supplied the culprits with her banking information when she purchased the alleged computer security. The complainant’s accounts were frozen and she was advised to change all her security passwords and check with the credit bureau to ascertain if she had been the victim of identity theft.

Police caution everyone, to not provide anyone with their personal information unless they are certain the people can be trusted and represent a legitimate and reputable company.

While on general patrol on January 4th a member of the West Nipissing Police Service observed a motor vehicle drive through a four way stop intersection without having stopped. Police stopped the vehicle for the Highway Traffic Act violation and upon speaking with the driver discovered that he had been drinking alcoholic beverages. The driver was arrested and was taken into custody. The male was found to also be in possession of some prescription medication for which he did not have a prescription. Samples of driver’s breath were later analyzed and confirmed that he was driving with over the legal limit of alcohol in his system. A 51 year old Sturgeon Falls man now faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, Impaired Driving and Driving with more than 80 mg of alcohol in his blood.

On January 5 th police responded to a complaint of a vehicle in a ditch along Quesnel Road in Sturgeon Falls. Officers attended the scene and located two individuals near the vehicle. When questioned by the officers, one of the men admitted to being the driver. The man was in possession of a bottle of alcohol, he had the odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and showed signs of impairment. The individual later provided samples of his breath which confirmed that he had been operating the vehicle while impaired. The 31 year old North Bay man now faces charges of driving motor vehicle with more than 80mg of alcohol in his blood and Care and Control of a motor vehicle while impaired.

The West Nipissing Police Service is investigating a theft of various power tools. The complainant contacted the police to report that he had left his tools at a job site on Quesnel road over the holidays, and when he returned he discovered that his equipment had been stolen. Police are investigating the theft and are looking for items such as a miter saw, table saw, cordless drills and assorted hand tools.

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.