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Media Release. Monday, April 24, 2017.

Rail Safety Week

It's Rail Safety Week and South Simcoe Police will be partnering with Metrolinx to bring attention to rail safety issues.

Now that Metrolinx has extended its service to weekend GO trains, motorists and pedestrians alike must be even more vigilant around railways and level crossings.

Watch for approaching trains at level crossing. Never drive around warning arms when they are in place. Obey all warning lights and bells.

Pedestrians must never walk on tracks, even in off peak hours. Service vehicles use the tracks at all times of day. Those people caught trespassing on rail property will be prosecuted.

On Tuesday, April 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m., South Simcoe Police and Metrolinx, along with our safety partners from Bradford Fire, Simcoe County Paramedics and Holy Trinity High School will be staging a mock rail collision. This training exercise will test our response to a rail emergency and will provide a graphic experience to watching students. Watch social media on Tuesday for the hashtag #RSW2017 as we live tweet the event.

Rail safety is everyone's concern. Please be safe around trains.

Media Release. Friday, April 21, 2017.

Drive Over 80 mgs

(Bradford, ON) On Thursday, April 20, 2017, around 6:00 p.m., a concerned citizen call 9-1-1 to report a possibly impaired driver. The witness was able to get a licence plate for the vehicle. Armed with this information, a South Simcoe Police constable went to the registered address. Not long after, when the suspect vehicle arrived, the officer spoke to the driver and noted the smell of alcohol on his breath. A Roadside Screening Device Test was conducted, resulting in a FAIL. After further testing at the station, a 42 year old Bradford man was charged with Drive Over 80 mgs. His driver's licence has been suspended for 90 days and he will appear in court in May.

Your help is essential in ridding our communities of impaired driving. If you see a suspected impaired driver, call 9-1-1. You can make a difference!

Media Release. Mounted Unit Debuts

Ceremonial Mounted Unit Debuts At Change Of Command Ceremony

(Innisfil ON) It all came from an idea floated at a meeting of the working group for the South Simcoe Police's 20th Anniversary celebration. It was suggested that a mounted unit would be a nice addition, in a ceremonial capacity, of course.

Now, with the assistance of Jan Humphrey from Briarwood Farm in King Township, South Simcoe Police are in the saddle. Two horses are owned by Briarwood Farm and provided to South Simcoe Police at a minimal cost. Generous sponsors within the community have stepped up to cover the cost of the unit for 2017.

"As an agency, we realized the potential of the horses", said Staff Sergeant Steve Wilson. "They are a great tool for us to engage with our communities."

Four interested members of the service were identified, then assessed and trained in handling and riding the horses. All of the candidates have previous riding experience.

"The Unit is ceremonial, not operational", said Wilson. "Look for them next at our Open House on May 13, at both the North Division in Innisfil and the South Division in Bradford."

The Mounted Unit made their debut at Innisfil Town Hall on Tuesday, April 18, as Chief Andrew Fletcher assumed command from retiring Chief Rick Beazley. The pilot project will be assessed over the year, with a possibility of extending them to events over the next few years.

(Attached photo: P.C. Graeme Harbottle  aboard Parker with Auxiliary PC Jacquie Papel aboard Hudson)Mounted 18 April

Media Release. Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Robbery

(Innisfil, ON) On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, around 8:00 p.m., South Simcoe Police were called to the 10th Line of Innisfil near Lake Simcoe, after a man reported being shot while being robbed of his car.

Officers arrived on scene and found a male victim who had several pellet gun wounds on his shoulder. He told officers that he saw two youths walking along the side of the road. He knew one of the boys, and stopped to talk to them. The known suspect got into the car behind the victim and immediately pulled a gun and demanded money. The victim was then shot numerous times with a pellet gun but was able to escape the car. The suspect jumped behind the wheel and immediately drove into a ditch and then ran off.

The victim was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The suspect was quickly located and arrested. A 17 year old Innisfil youth has been held in custody for a bail hearing. He has been charged with Robbery With a Firearm, Point Firearm, Weapons Dangerous, Assault With A Weapon, Dangerous Driving and Theft Over $5000.

 

Break And Enter

(Innisfil, ON) On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, South Simcoe Police were called to a Fennel Drive home in Innisfil for a Break and Enter. The homeowner discovered the break in around 7:30 p.m., after arriving home after being out all day. It is believed that the suspects entered the home through an unlocked door and removed a quantity of jewelry.

Anyone with information on this case, or video surveillance of the area, is asked to call P.C. Carlos Pinho at 705-436-2141 extension 1443 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Residents are reminded to lock all doors each and every time. Report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood by call 9-1-1.

 

Internet Fraud

(Innisfil, ON) On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, a man came to South Simcoe Police to report a fraud.

In January, the victim had received multiple calls from suspects pretending to be from Microsoft. One of the suspects was able to convince the victim to allow remote access to his computer. A few days later, the victim noticed unauthorized transfers from his bank account. He went to his bank and was directed to police to file a report. Over $2000 was taken from the victim's account.

Fraudsters will try everything to gain access to your personal information. Remember, no reputable company will ever ask you for passwords, confidential information. wire transfers or remote access to your computer. Be suspicious of all unsolicited telephone calls and e-mails.

 

Search And Rescue

(Innisfil, ON) The South Simcoe Police Marine Unit was called into service on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Around 5:25 p.m., a boater called South Simcoe Police after he ran out of gas and was in danger of being grounded by high winds. Responding officers searched for and were able to locate the 29 foot Bayliner adrift off the 3rd Line of Innisfil. It was towed to shore. All 4 occupants were unharmed.

When boating, make sure your vessel is seaworthy, has all emergency equipment and sufficient fuel for your trip. A fully charged cell phone is essential. In this case, officers were able to communicate with and locate the lost boater quickly through use of a cell phone.

Media Release. Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Drive Over 80 mgs

(Bradford, ON) On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, just before 9:00 p.m., a South Simcoe Police constable was patrolling County Road 27, north of Schomberg. He stopped a vehicle and spoke to the driver, noting open alcohol in the vehicle and the odour of alcohol on the driver's breath. A Roadside Screening Device Test was conducted with a result of FAIL. The driver was arrested and after further testing at the station, he was charged with Drive Over 80 mgs. The 35 year old Toronto man will appear in court in May. His driver's licence has been suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded.

 

Motorcycle Collision Investigation

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police are requesting the assistance of the public, after a motorcycle was driven into the Holland Canal on Tuesday evening. On April 18, 2017, at 6:35 p.m., a Morris Road resident called police after smelling the odour of gasoline. He went to investigate and found a motorcycle submerged in the canal off Morris Road. Responding officers found the motorcycle in the water with the lights still on, and a wet set of footprints heading south on the roadway.

A search of the area did not locate a driver but a nearby resident reported seeing a man cutting through her property. Officers would like to speak to the motorcycle rider.

He is described as male, white, with short greyish hair, about 60 years of age, wearing a short black jacket with a large red circle emblem on the back and dark grey jogging pants. Anyone with information is asked to call the investigating officer, P.C. Jay Saville at 905-775-3311 extension 1472 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. As always, you can remain anonymous and call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Domestic Assault

(Bradford, ON) On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 11:40 p.m., South Simcoe Police responded to a Bradford home for a domestic disturbance. It was learned that a man threw his wife to the floor and put her in a headlock. A 39 year old Bradford man will be living elsewhere while he awaits a May court date on a charge of Domestic Assault. The victim did not require medical attention.

 

Theft Of Tools

(Innisfil, ON) South Simcoe Police are searching for stolen tools in Innisfil after a Cedar Path resident reported a theft from his workshop. Sometime overnight on Wednesday, April 12, a culprit entered the unlocked shed and and removed six portable power tools. Anyone with information is asked to call South Simcoe Police or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Under our #LockItOrLoseIt crime prevention program, residents are reminded to keep doors locked and valuables out of sight.

 

Internet Fraud

(Bradford, ON) A Bradford woman was duped out of almost $6,000 on Monday. The victim received a phone call from a fraudster claiming to be a bank inspector. He told her that her account had been compromised and he needed her help to catch the culprits. He convinced her to make wire transfers from her account to a location in Turkey. On Tuesday, the suspect called back and convinced the victim to give him access to her account on line. The fraud was discovered when the victim's daughter intervened.

Banks will never ask you to give them access to your account and will never ask you to wire money anywhere. Please educate the vulnerable members of your family about this type of fraud.

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