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Media Release. Thursday, October 5, 2017

Theft Of Sign 

(Bradford, ON)  On October 4, 2017, just before 4:00 p.m., South Simcoe Police Service received a call reporting a No Parking sign was stolen during the night of October 3, 2017.  A veterinary clinic on Holland Street West, in Bradford, captures on their security footage,  3 males around 9:00 p.m. kicking the sign and shortly after the metal sign is removed and is seen in one of the suspects hands.   

One  suspect is described as male, white, mid 20's, facial hair, wearing a white shirt and dark pants. 

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

Media Release. September 25, 2017

Impaired Driving 

(Innisfil, ON)   On Saturday, September 23, 2017, just before 1:00 a.m., South Simcoe Police received a call, from a concerned citizen, about a vehicle swerving all over the road and almost hitting a cyclist.  

Police located and stopped the vehicle on Innisfil Beach Road in Alcona.  While the officer was speaking to the male driver, she noted a strong odour of alcohol on the driver's breath and signs of impairment.  The driver was charged with Impaired Driving, Drive over 80mgs. His driver's licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days. 

A 53 year old Innisfil man was charged with Impaired Driving, Drive over 80mgs. His driver's licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days and will appear in Criminal Court in October of this year. 

Speeding and 3 Day Suspension 

(Innisfil, ON)  On Sunday, September 24, 2017, a member of South Simcoe Police Traffic and Marine Unit was conducting radar along the 25th Sideroad  in the Town of Innisfil.  Around 2:30 p.m., the officer noticed a Ford F-150 pickup travelling northbound at a high rate of speed.  The truck registered 79km/hr in a posted 50 km/h zone.  Police stopped the vehicle and while speaking to the male driver an odour of alcohol was detected coming from his mouth.  The driver provided a roadside test, the samples provided resulted in a WARN.   

A 39 year old man from Innisfil had his licence suspended for 3 days and was issued a ticket for speeding. 

Suspended Driver 

(Bradford, ON)  On Saturday, September 23, 2017, around 8:20 a.m.,  a police constable from the South Simcoe Police was on regular patrol in the Town of Bradford West Gwillumbury when his police vehicle's Automatic Licence Plate Reader alerted him to a possible suspended driver.  Police stopped  the black Toyota Tundra driving on Canal Road and confirmed that the male driver was suspended for unpaid fines.  The 39 year old man from Bradford will appear in court this October.  

Theft From Grocery Store 

(Bradford, ON)  On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, around 5:30 p.m., South Simcoe Police attended Zehrs Grocery Store, located in the Town of Bradford West Gwillumbury for a report of a theft that occurred.  A man and woman entered the store, both picked up a TV and walked out of the store without attempting to pay for either.  The store manager was able to stop the male, who left the TV on the floor, but the female was able to leave with another TV in hand.  Both were seen getting into a grey Nissan Sentra.  The manager was able to get the licence plate number, that had been reported stolen in August 2016. 

The male is described as white, with long hair and full beard,  wearing grey sweatpants, red tank top and a black baseball cap. 

The female is described as white with brown hair in a ponytail, wearing a black sweater, black capri leggings, sunglasses and a white or blue baseball cap. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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Calls for Service 

Over the weekend, South Simcoe Police responded to 206 calls for service, pro-active 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. 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. 


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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