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Amherst Police report for February

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Amherst Police Department - Darrell Cole

Amherst Police responded to 103 complaints over the week beginning Mon, Feb. 12, and ending Sun, Feb. 18, 2018, and a further 86 complaints over the course of the following week.

Mon, Feb 12

A 53-year-old male was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle after police received reports that a male may be intoxicated and driving near Victoria Street. Patrols were made and the vehicle was located parked at a fast food establishment. The male driver was located in the area and read a demand that he submit a breath sample into an approved screening device. The male was found to have a blood-alcohol limit above .08 per cent and he was arrested. The male was later released on a promise to appear in Amherst Provincial Court on March 19th for plea.

A youth is facing six breaches of an undertaking and four breaches of probation following his arrest at a local residence. The male is accused of failing to abide to his house arrest conditions and failing to not associate with youths who he is prohibited from contacting. The youth was remanded into custody and appeared in Amherst Youth Court on February 21st. His next appearance is slated for March 6th.

Tues, Feb. 13

A 42-year-old male was arrested for three counts of assault after a domestic incident was reported. The male is accused of spitting on a female and a young child that the female was holding. The male is also accused of shoving the female into the side of a refrigerator. He was subsequently arrested by officers and released on a promise to appear in court. He appeared in court Feb. 26th.

A youth was charged with assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats after an incident at the high school. The male had threatened to cause harm to the victim the day previously. The suspect located the male in the atrium of the school and assaulted him. The victim was punched in the face causing injuries that required surgery. Police located the male at his residence and arrested him. He will appear in court on March 7th for plea.

Wed, Feb. 14

A 25-year-old male was arrested and charged with two counts of theft after police were notified of a shoplifting incident at a South Albion Street business. The male was stopped by staff but then fled on foot from the store. Officers were able to apprehend the male a short distance from the store. The male is accused of stealing meat from two different establishments. He was later released and appeared in court on Feb. 26th for plea.

Officers are also investigating another shoplifting incident at a South Albion Street gas station. A male is accused of stealing several packages of cigarettes. The male was not located but police have identified him and charges are probable.

Thurs, Feb. 15

A female reported that her purse was either lost or stolen. The female attended back to the police department and later reported that her credit cards in her purse was used at several businesses in town. An off-duty officer was able to identify a possible suspect after a male was attempting to sell sneakers downtown. The sneakers had been purchased with the stolen credit cards. The male was arrested on February 18th and held in custody. He is currently facing five counts of fraud under $5,000 and one count of failing to comply with an undertaking. The male appeared in Amherst Provincial Court on February 20th and a subsequent appearance on February 22nd. His next appearance will be on March 1st for plea.

A hit and run was reported at the police department. A female reported that her legally parked vehicle had suffered damage to the front driver’s side. The vehicle had been parked at numerous Amherst businesses and it is unknown at this time where the incident occurred. Police are investigating.

Fri, Feb. 16

A male was charged with trespassing after he was observed by staff at a Robert Angus Drive business. The male had previously been issued a Protection of Property Act notice barring him from the store. Police attended and did not locate him but later issued him a summary offence ticket.

A female reported that a vehicle carrying four male youths had pulled up beside her on Prince Arthur Street and pointed what looked like a firearm at her. The female stated that the firearm had an orange tip on it.  The youths had uttered a vulgarity towards the female and then fled the area. The vehicle was described as a bigger/older style vehicle, blue or grey in colour. Police are investigating.

Sat, Feb. 17

Officers responded to reports of a domestic incident.  A male and a female, who were known to each other, each reported being assaulted. The female alleged that the male had pushed her face against a wall. The male accused the female of punching and kicking at him. Both parties were on previous conditions of no contact with each other. Both were arrested and remanded into custody to appear in court on February 20th. The male, 19 years, was charged with assault and failing to comply with an undertaking. He was later released and his next appearance is slated for February 26th. The female was charged with assault, uttering threats and failing to comply with an undertaking. She was also later released and will next appear in Court on March 7th.

Police are investigating an internal theft at a South Albion Street business. The matter is still under investigation and no charges have been laid at this time

Sun, Feb. 18

Police were contacted about a family custody issue. A female had reported that her ex-spouse did not return children as per a Family Court custodial agreement. Officers spoke to both parties and the matter was deferred to Family Court.

A Rhodes Avenue resident reported that someone had smashed an object against her home. Officers observed that a Christmas ornament had been smashed against the picture window. Officers attempted to follow the footprints of the person involved, however could not locate the suspect. If anyone had seen anything suspicious in this area, please contact Const. Jason Galloway at 902-667-7227.

Mon, Feb. 19

Police are investigating a theft of fuel from a West Victoria Street gas station. The same vehicle was reported to have driven off without paying on February 12th and again on February 19th. Police are investigating.

A shoplifting incident was reported from a South Albion Street business.  A female was reported to have stolen a few items from the store. Officers have identified the female and charges are likely in the incident.

Tues, Feb. 20

A 30-year-old male was charged with possession of hydromorphone after police conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Amherst fire hall. The vehicle was initially stopped because police received a call that the vehicle had been all over the road. The officer spoke to the driver and could smell cannabis in the vehicle.  The vehicle occupants were arrested and after a search of the vehicle, a syringe of hydromorphone and used needles were located. Police conducted a search of the surrounding area for cannabis but nothing was located. The male is slated to appear in court on April 9th for plea.

A 51-year-old female was arrested for public intoxication after witnesses reported an unresponsive female in a snowbank on Russell Street. The female was checked out by EHS and she was later lodged into cells until she was sober. She was issued a summary offence ticket upon her release.

Wed, Feb. 21

Police are investigating a theft from a Station Street business. A female is accused of taking a shopping cart from the location. Officers are investigating.

Officers responded to a complaint of assault at a South Albion Street residence. A male reported that he was slapped in the face by a youth. The matter is still being looked into.

Thurs, Feb. 22

Officers responded to a two vehicle motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Church and Spring Street. A vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with another vehicle that was already in the intersection.  Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. No injuries were reported. A 39 year old female was issued a summary offence ticket for a stop sign violation.

Police responded to reports of someone screaming for police at a West Victoria Street residence. Officers arrived and spoke to the residents and it appears that there was a verbal argument between a male and a female. Police kept the peace as the female removed her possessions from the residence. No charges were laid in the incident.

Fri, Feb. 23

An attempted break and enter was reported at a Station Street business. Someone had attempted to have pried the doors to the business. No entry was made and police are investigating.

A two-vehicle motor vehicle collision was reported on Havelock Street. A female reported that she had sideswiped a legally parked vehicle. Damage was reported to be under $2,000. No charges were laid in the incident.

Sat, Feb. 24

Officers responded to a report that a male was causing a disturbance at a downtown area bar. The male had left the area prior to police arrival but it appears that the male had been in a confrontation with a female. The matter is still under investigation.

A vehicle was broken into as it was parked at the Amherst Stadium during a hockey game. Money was taken from the vehicle. Police are investigating.

Sun, Feb. 25

Police received reports that five campers had been broken into in the Edgewood Avenue area. One of the campers had two televisions stolen from it. Police are investigating.

Officers on patrol discovered several storage lockers were broken into on Spence Court. The locks were broken off.  Nothing appears to have been stolen.

A shed was also reported broken into on Ottawa Avenue. Nothing appears to have been stolen in the incident.

Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to contact the Amherst Police Department at 667-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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