Unknown thieves make off with cash, jewellery in daring day-time heists

Prince Edward OPP. (Gazette File Photo)

Over $10,000 in cash and jewellery was lifted from homes in Prince Edward County  and a late model pick up truck went missing over the weekend as Prince Edward OPP are imploring the public to secure their homes and vehicles.

On Thursday,  Officers from the Prince Edward Detachment  attended to a report of a break-in to a residence in Ameliasburgh Ward.

Just after midnight,  Prince Edward OPP investigated a break-in to a County Rd. 23 address that occurred sometime between 2:20 p.m. and midnight. The homeowner arrived to find a sliding window open at the rear of the residence.

Once inside the residence, investigation determined a theft had occurred from a dresser. The estimated value of the loss was $5,000 in currency and $300 in assorted jewellery.

Prince Edward OPP are continuing the investigation 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 Friday members of the Prince Edward Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended to a report of a break-in to a residence in the Town of Picton.

OPP arrived at 4:40 pm at the Centre St., address and were informed by the victims that someone had entered their residence and stole a large quantity of jewellery.

An investigation determined the home owner had gone to the front of the property to water flowers and found an unknown female outside the residence who presented herself to the homeowner as a potential purchaser of the home, which was for sale. Upon realizing there was a possible last minute showing, the home owner quickly went inside to tidy up, only to find that the bedrooms had been ransacked and a theft had occurred.

It is believed to have happened between 12:00 and 1:15 p.m.  The estimated value of the theft is approximately $7,000.

OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) attended to assist with the investigation.

A possible suspect is described as female, in her 30’s with tanned skinned, approximately 168 cm with a slim build, wearing a white blouse and black pants. She also had a long black ponytail down to her hips and did not speak with any accent.

Anyone who may have information or witnessed anything is requested to contact Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS (8477).

On Sunday Prince Edward Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a theft of a pick-up truck in Picton.

At approximately 6:00 a.m. OPP were notified of a theft of vehicle from a Hill Street address in Picton.  A black 2016 GMC Sierra was stolen sometime over night from the owner’s residence between 7:30 p.m. and the time of the report.

Just before 10:30 a.m. the investigating officer located the truck on Maitland Street and notified the owner.  OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) attended to assist with the investigation.

Anyone who may have information or witnessed anything in relation to this incident is requested to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

“Prince Edward OPP participates in the ‘Lock It or Lose It’ program and would like to remind residents to ensure their vehicles are secured before leaving them unattended,” Community Safety/Media Relations Officer Constable Karen German said.

n Also on Sunday, Prince Edward Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a personal injury collision on County Rd 4 in Hallowell Ward.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. OPP officers responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Rd. 4 and May Rd. in Hallowell Ward where a car had gone off the road and struck a Hydro pole. Hastings Quinte Emergency Medical Services (EMS) also responded and transported the driver to hospital. The driver was given breath tests at the hospital and was subsequently arrested. He was transported to OPP detachment once released from medical treatment.

Vincent Goyetche, 30, from Prince Edward County, Ontario has been charged with one count each of two Criminal Code Offences:

  • Operation while Impaired – alcohol and drugs – Section 320.14(1)(a)
  • Operation while Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – Section 320.14(1)(b) 

The accused was released from custody to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on Wed. Oct. 16, 2019 at 9 a.m. in Picton. He also received a 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the demolished vehicle has been impounded for seven days.

“Impaired driving remains the leading cause of Criminal Death in Canada. The OPP remains committed to ensuring Ontario roads are safe from alcohol-impaired and drug-impaired drivers. The OPP is reminding drivers no amount of alcohol or drugs in your system is safe when driving,” German added.