West Nipissing Police Service weekly update (February 10 – February 16)

Between February 10th and 16th, the West Nipissing Police Service logged 164 calls for service. Among those were 8 Motor Vehicle Collisions, 19 police assistance calls, 1 Domestic Disturbance calls, 3 Assault complaints, 3 Break and enter calls, 3 drug offence calls, 4 thefts, 1 Impaired driving complaint, and 1 mischief complaints.

On February 12th while in the Verner area, one of West Nipissing Police Officer’s received information that a man was driving under the influence of alcohol. The officer patrolled the area and conducted a traffic stop of a motor vehicle after observing it weaving on the roadway. Upon speaking with the driver that officer formed the opinion that the driver had been driving the motor vehicle while his ability to do so was impaired by alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken into custody. The driver later refused to provide any samples of breath and now faces charges of driving a motor vehicle while his ability to do so is impaired by alcohol, failing to provide breath samples and drive motor vehicle no insurance

On 12 Feb 17, a WNPS officer attended a Nipissing Street residence to collect evidence to a reported break and enter. The home owner had been away but her son reported the matter to the police. When the owner returned she discovered that the culprit(s) had entered her locked bedroom via the ceiling. The home owners had left a ladder next to the house and it appears that the culprit(s) entered the attic, broke through the ceiling and gain access to the bedroom. The culprit(s) made off with alcoholic beverages and a television.

On February 15, the complainant called the West Nipissing Police Service to report that a Break and Enter had occurred on his property located in River Valley. Police attended the property and met with the complainant and discovered that the two culprits gain entry to the lock garage by climbing through the unfinished garage fascia. Once inside the culprits open the garage door and dragged a 6500 watt Generac generator to the roadway. The culprits made off with the generator and a surveillance camera.

On the 15 of February 2017 Police conducted a search of a home located on Third St in Sturgeon Falls in relation to a sexual assault. During the search police located 2 pill bottles containing 81 tablets of methamphetamine “speed” marked ICE. The pills where located in the one of the nightstands of the master bedroom. Police continue their investigation into these offences.

On Feb 16th 2017 West Nipissing Police Service received a walk in complaint advising that he attended his friend’s house situated on John Street, just to talk. While there the suspect asked him if he had any money with him today. The complainant then took out 45 dollars from his pocket at which time he was assaulted by suspect.

The victim was punched on the right side of his face as the suspect tried to get the money. A second male then started to hit him to help take the money. The victim was pushed outside after the money was taken from him. He made his way to the police station to report the crime.

One male has been identified and charged with robbery. Police continue to seek the second male’s identity.

On February 1st 2017, an alleged attempted abduction surfaced on social media. The alleged offence was brought to the attention of the Ontario Provincial Police and investigators immediately began to look into the matter. It was determined that the events were said to have occurred within the jurisdiction of the West Nipissing Police Service and the investigation was handed over.

A review of the initial investigation suggested that there were inconsistencies in the accounts of events. The complainant was re-interviewed by West Nipissing Police on February 14th and it was determined that the allegations were not truthful. A charge of Public Mischief has been laid.

The West Nipissing Police Service wishes to thank the Ontario Provincial Police for their thorough initial investigation and teamwork throughout the inquiry. We wish to thank the community for their assistance and reassure residents that there are no public safety concerns linked to this incident.

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.