February 24th, 2020 to March 1st, 2020

Members of the LaSalle Police Service, working from Monday February 17th to Sunday February 23rd, were kept busy responding to 300 occurrences and calls for service. Some of the many calls and occurrences include:

18 – Emergency 911 Calls
5 – Alarms
3 – Assault Complaints
2 – Assist Other Police Service
3 – By-Law Complaints
1 – Domestic Dispute
5 – Driving & Traffic Complaints
1 – Drugs Complaint
3 – Family Disputes
1 – Firearms related issue
3 – Fraud
1 – Harassment Complaints
2 – Impaired Driving Complaints
2 – Insecure Premises
1 – Mental Health Act
1 – Mischief
13 – Motor Vehicle Collisions
5 – Suspicious Activity
7 – Thefts
1 – Threats Complaint
89 – Traffic Stops & Vehicle Checks
2 – Wellness Checks

February 24th
Fraud
A husband and wife attended the LaSalle police station to make a report of fraud. The complainant advised that roughly 3 weeks ago she had e-transferred money to her husband in the amount of $1000. They decided not to complete the e-transfer but the wife did not know how to cancel it. They figured they would just let it expire. However, a few days later she received an e-mail notification letting her know that the money had been accepted. Her husband confirmed that he had not accepted the e-transfer by checking his bank account which showed no funds had been transferred. The funds, however, had been transferred out of her account. They then attended their bank who advised them to contact the fraud department of CIBC. In doing so, they were advised the e-mail had been hacked and when the unknown person hacked the account they were able to transfer the money into a different bank account. The fraud department advised them to attend their local police service and together they will rectify the situation. The investigation is ongoing. When completing e-transfers make sure that you follow all of the steps correctly and create a strong password for the transfer. If possible send the password by a different means such as another e-mail account or by text or in person.

Theft
Officers were dispatched to Windsor Crossings Outlet Mall for a report of a theft that had just occurred. Officers were advised a female attempted to steal a jacket from one of the stores and left the store but was still in the area. The complainant was able to retrieve the jacket and observed the female proceed to a vehicle, which was having some mechanical issues. Upon arrival officers located the vehicle with a male inside. The male falsely identified himself but was later properly identified and detained as a result of this criminal investigation. The female was also located and identified. The male was charged with theft and cautioned for personation with intent. The female was charged with two counts of theft and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime. Both were released and have a court appearance set to answer to the charges.

February 25th
Suspicious Vehicles
At approximately 8:00 pm, an officer was dispatched to LaSalle Street for reports of 3 suspicious vehicles circling the block in front of a residence. The caller stated that this has been happening for the last couple of weeks. LaSalle Police received a report of a similar occurrence a couple of weeks prior. It is very unsafe to follow or approach any vehicle one may find to be suspicious. If you find yourself in a similar situation where you find the circumstances or persons acting suspiciously or believe that they may be engaging or about to engage in some nefarious activity, do not approach them but rather call police right away.

Winter Conditions and Motor Vehicle Collisions
It may have been a mild winter so far this season but LaSalle has seen its fair share of hazardous driving conditions coming into the year 2020. Since our most recent heavy snowfall a couple of days ago, the LaSalle Police and LaSalle Fire Service have attended multiple motor vehicle collisions. In some spots, the roads were wet, but mostly icy and slippery with high winds causing the snow to drift across the roadways, especially along areas where there are open fields.
Feb 26 5:00 am – On Sixth Concession, a driver lost control and slid into the ditch on the opposite side of the road. LaSalle Towing attended and removed vehicle from ditch. No charges were laid due to weather conditions.
Feb 26 5:00 pm – Officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Ellis Street for reports of a two vehicle head on collision. Coming around the northwest curve between Dunkirk and Angelina Avenue, both vehicles travelled on the same path, into one another. Both vehicles sustained heavy front end damage and the air bags were deployed. No charges were laid due to weather conditions.
Feb 27 11:30 am – Dispatch received a call about a single vehicle collision with no injuries in the 8000 block of Disputed Road. It was determined that the vehicle was driving south, the driver lost control of the vehicle due to high winds, drifting snow and icy road conditions. The vehicle to slid into the ditch, resting on its passenger side. LaSalle Towing removed the vehicle from the ditch which was able to be driven from the scene. No charges were laid due to weather conditions.
Feb 27 4:30 pm – An officer was heading West on Laurier Parkway near Diotte Street when he observed a vehicle facing South and stopped on the shoulder. A young male was waving the officer down. He stated that he was driving very cautiously and safely down Diotte. When going through the “S” bends, he started drifting. The vehicle ended up striking a concrete pole after spinning out, causing severe damage. Since the vehicle was no longer drivable, LaSalle Towing was requested to remove the vehicle. No charges were laid due to weather conditions.
Feb 28 11:45 am – On Friday, February 28th, 2020 just after 11:30 am, LaSalle Police responded to a single motor vehicle collision in the 7700 block of Malden Road in the Town of LaSalle. A motor vehicle that was travelling in that area left the roadway, struck a ditch and came to rest in the adjacent field. There were four young persons occupying the vehicle at the time of the collision and their identities will not be released. All four occupants sustained various injuries, none of which appear to be life threatening. They were all transported to hospital for examination. Police kept the road closed during the on scene investigation until approximately 4:00 pm. This matter remains under investigation and no further details are being released at this time.

Heavy snowfall, blistering winds, drifting snow and icy conditions can cause hazardous driving conditions. All due care and attention must be given when faced with these conditions and adjusting the manner in which you drive to be reasonable given the circumstances. The LaSalle Police Service advises everyone that it is very important to keep a further than normal distance from other vehicles on the roadways and plan ahead for extra driving time. Drive safely and slowly, especially when approaching curves, sharp corners and coming to complete stops. Being mindful of your surroundings and practicing safe winter driving techniques might get you to your destination a little later, but they will get you and others on the roadway to preferred destinations safe and sound. Please be patient and mindful of our snow removal crews as they clear the way for us. #seesnowgoslow

February 26th
Theft of License Plate
Around 12:00 pm an officer was dispatched to the lobby of the LaSalle Police Station to speak with a male who reported that his vehicles rear license plate was stolen sometime the previous day between 4:00 pm and this morning. Screws used to affix the plate were found discarded at the rear of the vehicle. The officer provided the complainant with a Replacement Declaration so he could obtain new plates. The license plate was added to a police database as stolen.

If anyone has any information or had seen something suspicious during these hours, contact LaSalle Police Station on the non-emergency line 519-969-5210 or Crime Stoppers at https://www.catchcrooks.com/ 519 258-8477. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911.

February 27th
3 Day Driver’s License Suspension
At approximately 11:20 pm, an officer conducted a traffic stop on Malden Road, after following a vehicle from Sprucewood. The officer had suspicion that the driver was under the influence of an intoxicating substance. After a breath sample was taken using an approved roadside screening device, the driver registered over 50 mgs of alcohol in 100 mls of blood. The driver was issued a 3 – Day suspension on his drivers license which was then seized and destroyed as per MTO regulations. The vehicle was left parked in a parking lot and Veteran’s Cab attended for the driver and his passenger. While there is no fine for a 3 day alcohol related driver’s licence suspension, there is a $285.00 fee that must be paid to the MTO in order to get your drivers licence reinstated. Don’t Drink and Drive and Don’t Drive High!

February 28th
Fraud
LaSalle Police received a report of a fraud after a resident was advised that they had insufficient funds in their account at the ATM. They checked their on-line banking and discovered that over $2000 had been moved from their account by CashMoney, a financial institution that provides a variety of banking needs. The victim contacted CashMoney and was advised that a male party had provided her bank account information to them to open an account with the institution and money had been removed on February 14th and again on this date. The complainant was advised to change her bank account information, including her account number and to monitor the credit bureau’s to ensure that other accounts haven’t been compromised. The victim is unsure how anyone would have known their banking information, as they have not shared it with anyone.
Please ensure that you monitor your own accounts for any transactions that you have not made and follow up with your banking institution if you do notice any discrepancies. The victim was able to retrieve all their money, however if unnoticed this may not be the case for others. Do not share your PIN with anyone. Do not use personal banking websites on public wi-fi and check you accounts regularly to ensure that no unauthorized transactions are taking place. Depending on the banking institution, you can receive alerts on your smart phone or through e-mail anytime any transaction is made from your account or credit card. Just one more layer of protection to keep track of your hard earned money.

March 1st
Traffic Stop: Fail Breath Sample
An officer was parked facing west at Bouffard Road and Front Road on general patrol when they observed a vehicle with a drivers side headlight burnt out. A traffic stop was conducted to investigate. The officer suspected the driver to be under the influence of alcohol due to a number of factors which included the smell of alcohol from their breath. The driver provided a breath sample to the officer which resulted in a reading of “Fail”. The driver was arrested and transported to the LaSalle Police Service to undergo further breath tests. The driver was charged with operating a motor vehicle with more than 80mgs of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Their drivers licence was seized for a period of 90 days and their vehicle was towed and impounded for a period of seven days. They were later released with conditions and a court date to answer to the charge.

It is very important to organize safe rides when consuming alcohol; whether it is having a friend or family member on standby or preprogrammed numbers into one’s phone (Ubers, Taxi/Cab Services, etc.). The amount of money it would take to pay for suitable and reliable transportation may seem expensive, but the end result of what could happen when operating a motor vehicle under any influence, is horrifying and definitely not worth it. We all have a myriad of options to get us and our vehicles home safely. Failure to plan and planning to fail.