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WNPS Report Tip Jar Theft and Street Fight

Between February 3 rd and 9th, the West Nipissing Police Service logged 154 calls for service. Among those were 11 Motor Vehicle Collisions, 26 police assistance calls, 2 Domestic Disturbance calls, 4 thefts, 2 unwanted person complaints, and 1 mischief complaints.

On February 3, 2017 the complainant called the police to report that someone had egged her house and vehicle. Police attended the Montreal street area and located two sets of foot impressions in the snow. The officer took photographs of the footwear and followed the tracks to a business parking. The damage the home and vehicle was minimal however did require cleaning.

On February 4th, 2017 the owner of a local restaurant reported a theft to police. He states that he reviewed the day’s surveillance footage and observed a male stealing the tip jar that was located on the service counter. He informed police that one of his employees recognized the male and could identify him. Police obtained the footage and clearly observe the male take hold of the tip jar and walk over to the bathroom area. He came back a few minutes later empty handed. The owner later found the empty tip jar in the bathroom garbage. The male was later located and arrested by police. He now faces a charge of theft under $5000.

On 4 Feb 2017, while on general patrol, police observed two males fighting on Main Street. The office approached the men and ordered them to stop fighting and to stay there. One man fled on foot while the other remained at the scene. This individual indicated to the officer that he was just walking, when the other man attacked him. Police located the second man on Levesque Street where he was placed under arrest for causing a disturbance by fighting. The first man advised police that he did not want any charges laid for the assault. The second male was visibly intoxicated and was apprehended under the Liquor Licence Act for being intoxicated in public. He was subsequently charged with that offence.

On Monday February 6 th , 2017, police investigated a theft of cellular telephone from a Rainville Road resident. Police learned that the accused went into the victim’s residence/ office. Once inside the accused was seen entering the lunch room. This was also captured on security video. The complainant did not want to confront the accused knowing her as being violent. After the accused left the office the complainant and victim went into the residence for lunch. At that time the complainant went to the basement to hide his cell phone but noticed that it had been stolen by the accused.

The cell phone was not locked and was accessed by the accused. She purposely searched for the cell phone and stole it. She is further in possession of personal photos. The accused was located, arrested and faces a charge of theft, breach of undertaking and mischief.

On February 7, 2017 the complainant called the West Nipissing Police to report that while at the corner of Holditch St and Queen St she observed the accused walking on the opposite side of the street with two grocery bags in hand. The accused faced charges of criminal harassment but had been released from custody with conditions that he reside in North Bay, remain within his home and that he not communicate or be around the complainant. The complainant walked towards her residence and observed the accused was walking in the same direction that she was but on the opposite side of the street. The complainant went inside her residence and observed the accused standing with his hands cross looking towards her.

Police attended a Queen Street residence and learned that the accused was residing there. The accused was located and arrested for Breach of Recognizance of Bail. He was read his rights to counsel and transported to the West Nipissing Police Service where he spoke with duty counsel and held for Bail Court.

On February 7th 2017 a Caron Road resident contacted the police to report that someone had possibly went into his garage and vehicle during the night. The complainant stated that he noticed that his garage door was open and it looked like some of his items had been moved. The complainant was uncertain if anything was missing but would check and notify police. Police encourage residents to contact them if they observe suspicious vehicles, people or activity.

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.