OPP investigating attempted Hillier break in

An attempted break in to a residence on Station Rd. in Hillier on Saturday afternoon drew an impressive police presence but a pair of suspects were able to successfully flee the area. 

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, 11 OPP units including members from Prince Edward OPP, neighbouring detachments of Quinte West OPP, Lennox and Addington OPP, East Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Canine (K9) attended to a residence on Station Road where neighbours observed two males attempting to gain entry to the unoccupied property.  

The two suspects fled on foot through a pasture but were believed to have left the area in a vehicle parked nearby that traveled in a westerly direction.  

Both males are described as being approximately 30 years of age and having dark hair. One male had his hair tied in bun and the other male had medium length hair.  

The pair were both wearing long pants, one with a black t-shirt and the other a grey t-shirt.   One male was observed wearing a red bandana across his face. 

No description of the vehicle was provided. 

Officers are still continuing with their investigation regarding this attempted break and enter and are asking Prince Edward County residents to be vigilant of any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods and report to police.  

OPP are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the OPP Provincial Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122.   Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.  

On other Prince Edward OPP matters announced by the detachment this week:

On July 27, 2019 members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) at Prince Edward County Detachment out on patrol observed a vehicle that appeared to exceeding the speed limit on Loyalist Parkway. 

The officers saw a dark pick-up truck exit a parking lot on Loyalist Parkway and accelerated at a high rate of speed believed to exceed 100 km/hr in the 60 km/hr zone.   The vehicle was followed by police on Loyalist Parkway from the Cold Storage Road area and eventually stopped on Ferguson Street in downtown Picton. 

Police conducted an investigation into the driving behaviour of the male driver and found that he had been drinking.  The male was arrested and taken back to Prince Edward Detachment for breath tests.  

Craig Espinho, 29 from Spruce Grove, AB has been charged with following offences:

  • Operation while Impaired – Criminal Code 320.14.(1)(a) 
  • Operation while Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – Criminal Code 320.14(1)(b) 

The accused was released from custody to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday August 28, 2019 at 9:00 am.   He has also been issued a 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

On July 26 and July 28, 2019 Ontario Provincial Police officers arrested three parties in two separate drug investigations.

On Fri., July 26 at about 11:30 p.m. an officer on patrol observed a vehicle running with two occupants inside.

The vehicle’s  interior light dew the officer’s attention and the officer observed what he determined to be a drug/cash exchange transaction.

The member of the local constabulary identified himself to the pair, and, through investigation, police seized a small quantity of drugs and $175 in Canadian Currency. 

Ryan Hobbs, 29, from Picton, ON has been charged with following:

  • Trafficking In Schedule l substance – cocaine – Controlled Drugs and Substances Act – 5(1)
  • Possession of a Schedule l substance – cocaine – Controlled Drugs and Substances Act – 4(1)  
  • Having Care & Control of vehicle with cannabis readily available – Cannabis Control Act 2017 – 12(1) 

Andrew Regimbal, 30, from Picton, ON has been charged with: 

  • Possession of a Schedule l substance – cocaine – Controlled Drugs and Substances Act – 4(1).  

Both accused were released from custody on promise appear in the Ontario Court of Justice – Federal Court on August 28, 2019 at 9:00 am in Picton. 

Meanwhile on Sun.,  July 28, 2019 just after 7:00 p.m. OPP received a report of a break and enter to an apartment on Richmond Street in Picton.  Officers attended and found an unauthorized female inside.  Police conducted an investigation and seized several “loaded” hypodermic needles and assorted drug paraphernalia from the female. 

Melissa Ann McGiffen, 35, from Picton, ON has been charged with:

  • Break and Enter to commit indictable offence – Criminal Code – 348(1) 
  • Fail to Comply Probation Order – Criminal Code – 733.1(1) 
  • Possession of Schedule l substance – methamphetamine – Controlled Drugs and Substance Act – 4(1)

The accused was released from custody on a promise to appear and undertaking given to an officer in charge to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice – Federal Court on Wednesday September 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Picton.

On Thursday July 25, 2019 members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) at Prince Edward County Detachment assisted by East Region Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) executed a search warrant at a housing complex in Picton.

Officers responded to a housing complex in Picton looking for a male who was believed to be wanted by police in another jurisdiction. Upon arrival officers determined that the female tenant had an outstanding warrant for failing to attend court and arrested her on the strength of the warrant held by Prince Edward OPP.

OPP found that the male was not in the apartment but observed evidence of stolen property and secured the apartment to obtain a general search warrant and were assisted by CSCU members in the search.

A few items seized as a result of the search:

  • two sets of bolt cutters and knives
  • a hand drill
  • weed eater along with two batteries and a charger
  • a wallet and a package belonging to persons not associated to the location
  • a trace amount of Methamphetamine

Stephanie Heslip, 30 from Picton,  has been charged with the following Criminal Code (CC) and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) offences:

  •  Unauthorized Possession of Weapon – 91(2) CC
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 354(1)(a) CC
  • Possession of Break-In Instruments – 351(1) CC
  • Possession of a Scheduled 1 substance – 4(1) CDSA

The accused has been released on a Promise to Appear and Undertaking given to an officer in Charge to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Wed., Sept. 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

Police are still continuing with their investigation regarding the outstanding male who will be charged with the same offences once located and his name will be released after arrest.

OPP are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the OPP Provincial Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477(TIPS).

On Thurs., July 25, Prince Edward OPP released details on a near drowning that took place at Sandbanks Provincial Park on Sun., July 21. 

At approximately 3:30 p.m., members of the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a possible drowning at Sandbanks Provincial Park – Dunes Beach.

Officers arrived and found civilians assisting and performing CPR on a man who had been pulled from the water. 

Members of Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue and Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Service arrived and began emergency treatment. The 30 year old victim was transported to hospital in critical condition and remains in hospital.

Prince Edward OPP would like to thank all those who assisted in this rescue.

-Staff