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Media Release. Monday, February 27, 2017


(Innisfil, ON) Over the weekend South Simcoe Police were called to Tanger Outlet Mall for reports of shoplifting.  On Saturday, February 25, 2017, around 4:00 p.m., 3 males entered the Ralph Lauren Polo store communicating with each other thru ear pieces, distracting staff members and then removing 44 items worth over $1 700.00  concealing them in shopping bags.  The store's loss prevention were contacted and police were made aware that a similar report was made to York Regional Police from a mall in Vaughan.  Through investigation, York Regional Police were able to arrest one of the males responsible for the Theft and recover some stolen goods.  

On Sunday February 26, 2017, South Simcoe Police were called back to the Tanger Outlet Mall for a report of theft of sunglasses.  A man and a women entered the Sunglass Hut separately, both trying on several pairs of sunglasses.  The store employee did witness the man place a pair inside his jacket pocket.  Shortly after the couple left the store together, the store employee noticed at least two more items were taken without paying.  The total loss is estimated at $900 - $1200. 

Suspect #1: male, black, approximately 30 years of age, 6 foot tall, clean shaven, black short hair, wearing a grey toque, black leather coat with dark blue jeans and black shoes. 

Suspect #2: female, White, wavy blond hair, wearing a black toque, a long black winter coat, black and white striped leggings and winter boots.  She was carrying an Adidas bag and a large black purse. 

Anyone with information is asked to call South Simcoe Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.  

Theft Of Tools 

(Bradford, ON) On Friday, February 24, 2017, South Simcoe Police were called to a house in Bradford for a theft of work tools.  The vehicle was parked in the driveway on Imperial Crescent in the Town of Bradford West Gwillumbury, when someone entered the unlocked truck sometime between 11:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23 and 3:00 p.m Friday, February 24, 2017 and removed a drill.  

Also on Friday, February 24, 2017, South Simcoe Police were called to a home on Hurd Street in Bradford West Gwillumbury for a report of tools taken from a backyard shed.  A Compound Miter Saw and a Compact Table Saw were taken in that theft.  According to police, they have the owner's initials engraved on them.   

Police are reminding people to help keep your valuables safe, Lock It or Lose It. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact South Simcoe Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 


Media Release. Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Impaired Driving  

(Innisfil, ON)  On January 16, 2017, around 5:00 a.m., a South Simcoe Police officer was on a traffic stop near County Road  and 10 Side Road in the Town of Innisfil where he witnessed an east bound car turn north on to 10 Side Road,  directly in the path of a west bound car causing a collision.  The officer immediately attended the scene.  Ambulances were requested as both drivers showed signs of serious injuries.  One driver was confined to his vehicle due to extensive damage,  the other driver, a 24 year Innisfil man, was taken to a local hospital. The officer formed the opinion that the driver of the eastbound vehicle's ability to operate the vehicle was impaired by alcohol and performed an intoxilyzer test on him at the hospital.  As a result, a 24 year old Innisfil man was charged with Impaired Driving and Drive Over 80 mgs. 

Impaired/Over 80mgs Drive Under Suspension 

(Bradford, ON)  On January 16, 2017 around 8:30 p.m., South Simcoe Police received a call about a possible impaired driver on Yonge Street near the Town of Bradford West Gwilimbury.  The car pulled over and the investigating officer formed the opinion that the drivers ability was impaired.  He was arrested, transported to the South Divison for further testing. 

As a result, a 53 year old Bradford man was charged with Impaired Driving, Over 80mgs and Drive Under Suspension.  His car was towed and impounded for 7 days.  He will appear in Bradford Court at the beginning of February. 

You too can play a role in keeping our roadways safe.  If you see a suspected impaired driver, you are encouraged to call 9-1-1 and report the incident to police.  Police will ask you to provide your location, a description of the vehicle and the last known direction of travel.  Safe Roads...Your Call 

Theft From Vehicle 

(Innisfil, ON)  Sometime overnight January 13 to 14, 2017, an unlocked vehicle was entered on Quarry Drive in the Town of Innisfil by an unknown suspect.   A number of items were taken including an ipad, a blackberry phone and a bank draft.  People are reminded never to leave valuables in your car and to always lock your car.  Lock It Or Lose It. 

Calls For Service 

On Monday, January 16, 2017, South Simcoe Police responded to 78 calls for service, pro-active traffic stops and community service events. 

Media Release. Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

Stolen Auto

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police are requesting the assistance of the public in a stolen vehicle investigation. A Barrie man reported that on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, he parked his beige 2004 Jeep Wrangler in the 88/400 commuter lot in Bradford around 5:30 p.m. When he returned at 11:30 p.m., he found the vehicle missing and broken glass on the ground. The keys were left in the glove box. Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call South Simcoe Police or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Citizens are reminded to support our #LockItOrLoseIt program by securing valuables and locking their vehicles.


Suspended Driver

(Innisfil, ON) On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, a South Simcoe Police constable operating a cruiser equipped with an Automated Licence Plate Reader was alerted to a passing car in Stroud. When he stopped the car, he found the licence plate validation expired, and the driver under suspension. An 85 year old Innisfil man is facing charges of Drive Under Suspension, No Validation On Plate and Fail To Carry Proof of Insurance.


Media Release. Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Do I Need Winter Tires?

Winter with all its beauty, provides us with some driving challenges. Winter tires can help you face these challenges. The South Simcoe Police would like to share some winter tire tips with the public, courtesy of Transport Canada.

Vehicle handling will be improved when tires of the same type, size, speed rating and load index are installed on all four wheels.
Snow Tires: Tires marked with the pictograph of a peaked mountain with a snowflake meet specific snow traction performance requirements, and have been designed specifically for use in severe snow conditions. If you intend driving in severe winter conditions, install four winter tires that meet the "snow tire" designation on your vehicle. These snow tires will assist you to control your vehicle safely in slippery conditions. 

Tires marked "M + S" – or "mud and snow" tires, also known as "all-season" tires— continue to provide safe all-weather performance, but may not always be suitable for severe snow conditions.

Wide, high performance tires, other than those that are specifically designed as snow tires, are not suitable for use on snow covered roads.

Remember: To help maintain control and stability of your vehicle in icy conditions, Transport Canada and the Rubber Association of Canada recommend that you install winter tires in sets of four. Mixing tires with different tread patterns, internal construction, and size degrades the stability of the vehicle and should be avoided. As a tire wears, snow traction is reduced. Tires that are worn close to the tread-wear indicators have reduced traction and should not be used on snow-covered roads or in severe snow conditions. Proper air pressure extends tread life, improves safety, and reduces fuel consumption — all vital factors in saving energy and protecting the environment. Tire pressure decreases as temperatures drop, so be sure to check the pressures at least once a month when the tires are cold, preferably after the car has been out all night.

Homicide Investigation Update-Sentencing

Homicide Investigation-UPDATE 

(Innisfil, ON) On Friday, May 30, 2014, South Simcoe Police were called to 7 Recreation Drive in the Sandy Cove Acres neighbourhood of Innisfil. When officers arrived on scene, they found an 81 year old woman suffering from fatal injuries. A 54 year old Innisfil man located at the scene was arrested and later charged with Murder. 

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Richard William DOWDELL pled guilty to Second Degree Murder in the death of Yvonne Brooks.  

On August 16, 2016, DOWDELL was sentenced to life in prison, with no parole eligibility for 12 years. 

The family of Yvonne Brooks expressed their appreciation to the members of the South Simcoe Police for their support during this investigation and trial process. 

The South Simcoe Police would like to acknowledge the assistance of the community, our media partners and especially our policing partners with York Regional Police, Niagara Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police in this investigation. 

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