On February 13th a Russell Street resident contacted the police to report a fraud. The complainant advised police that he had posted an ATV for sale of KIJIJI and that a prospective buyer contacted him and sent a cheque to pay for the vehicle. The buyer then contacted him and advised that the sum of money on the cheque was greater than the price agreed upon and requested the complainant deposit the cheque and send the difference in cash back to him. Police are warning people that this is a scam, the cheque will not be cleared by the bank and the seller will in turn be responsible for the financial loss. The buyer simply wants the cash and has no real intention of purchasing the posted article.
On February 13th the WNPS received a complaint of a theft from a local hardware store. Police were advised that a male had left the store with power tools without having paid. The male was last observed running along the railway tracks items in hand. Police responded to the complaint and located a suspect in the Railway Street area. The male was in possession of the items and attempted to flee from police when confronted. A 24 year old Sturgeon Falls man was taken into custody and faces charges of theft under $5000 and breach of probation. This same individual is also linked to the theft from an electronic store where a Bluetooth speaker had been stolen a few days prior. He faces charges of theft under $5000 and breach of probation in connection to that matter as well.
On February 13th WNPS were contacted by a local business owner who indicated that he had found some pills at his business. Police responded and took the pills into their care. The pills were identified as methamphetamine and will be disposed of properly. In light of the current opioid crisis police want the public to use extreme caution when handling unknown pills or powdered substances. Substances such as Fentanyl and Car-fentanyl can be extremely hazardous or even deadly. When in doubt about a substance contact the police and don’t risk exposing yourself to the potential dangers.
On February 14th a Park Street resident contacted to the police to report that damage had been caused to two of her vehicles. Police learned that two tires on each of the vehicles had been slashed. As of now there is no suspect and police continue their investigation.
The WNPS is investigating a break in that occurred overnight on February 14th. A local laundry business was entered and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken. No other damage was caused
to the business and police are seeking the public’s help in this matter.
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.