February 3, 2020 to February 9, 2020

Members of the LaSalle Police Service, working from Monday February 3rd to Sunday February 9th, were kept busy responding to 288 occurrences and calls for service. Some of the many calls and occurrences include:
14 – Emergency 911 Calls
4 – Alarms
2 – Assist Ambulance
1 – Assist Other Police Service
3 – Break and Enters
2 – By-Law Complaints
3 – Driving & Traffic Complaints
1 – Firearms Investigation
5 – Frauds
3 – Harassment Complaints
1 – Impaired Driving Complaints
1 – Mischief
12 – Motor Vehicle Collisions
10 – Suspicious Activity
6 – Thefts
96 – Traffic Stops & Vehicle Checks
2 – Warrant Executed

Feb. 3rd
MVA- Personal Injury
On this day, officers attended Sprucewood and Matchette for a report of a vehicle striking a cyclist. The cyclist sustained injuries and was transported by EMS to hospital.

Break and Enter- Residence
A Boismier Avenue resident returned home to find their house broken into and vehicle stolen. A message to be on the look out was issued for the vehicle to surrounding police detachments. The vehicle was later discovered by an officer of the OPP, abandoned and engulfed in flames on Sexton Side Road off of Hwy 3. Although at first it seemed the family pet was also missing, it was later discovered to the relief of the resident and police that it had been hiding in the basement, unharmed. Victim services was offered to the resident and the house was secured. Investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call LaSalle Police Service 519-969-5210 or Crime Stoppers at https://www.catchcrooks.com/ 519 258-8477.

Theft from motor vehicle
A resident of Baxter Crescent reported to police that a $25.00 gas card and some change was stolen from their unlocked vehicle overnight while it was parked in their driveway. Everyone is reminded to bring your valuables inside and to lock your vehicles. #lockitorloseit.

Feb. 4th
Firearms- FIP, Assault Weapon/CBH- level 2
Officers were dispatched to a residence in a neighbourhood off of Morton Drive for reports of a male with a firearm. The caller advised he was working in the area and became engaged in an argument with a resident who brandished a firearm during the altercation. The male had since left and was operating a backhoe in the area. Officers received a description of the male whom they found to be still operating the backhoe upon their arrival. The officers conducted a high risk, gun point arrest on the male who immediately cooperated with the officers. The firearm that was used in this matter was a plastic replica and not an actual firearm. The male was arrested for utter threats causing bodily harm, imitation firearm and weapons: possession for dangerous purpose. He was later released with conditions and a court date in March.

Even if a “firearm” is not real but you carry, use, or display it while committing a criminal offence, there are several criminal offences relating to firearms and weapons under the Criminal Code of Canada that you may be charged with. Use common sense and let cooler heads prevail.

Feb. 5th.
Fraud
Within the past couple of days LaSalle Police has be made aware of two frauds that have taken place via on-line sales. The first was an item sold on Kijiji to a person out of British Columbia and the second was an item sold on the Facebook Marketplace to a person out of New Jersey in the US. Both occurrences were similar in that the buyer asked to used PayPal to pay the seller. Neither of the reporting persons had PayPal accounts and so were encouraged by the buyer to create them, they were then told that there would be a hold on the payment until they received a shipping notification for the item. Both of the complainants stated that they had received emails from PayPal and were later informed, by the real PayPal, that those emails were fake. Luckily, by quick thinking and the officer’s help both parties were able to retrieve their property and were not out any money, however; we here at LaSalle Police Service encourage you to be careful about who you are selling to on-line. Both Facebook and Kijiji are very popular ways of selling items, but using care and due diligence when responding to potential buyers will help prevent you from being out of money/ property.

Feb. 6th
Suspicious Vehicle
Dispatch received a call for a suspicious vehicle at the corner of Martin Lane and Matchette Road. The vehicle was still running when the officer approached and the officer checked on the condition of the male sleeping in the drivers seat. The male awoke and communicated with the officer. The officer didn’t find anything suspicious and didn’t detect any signs of impairment. The male advised that he just moved to Canada and hadn’t been sleeping much and felt it better to pull over to rest for a short time. The male continued on his way without incident.

Feb. 7th
Child in Need
On this day it was reported to the LaSalle Police Service that a person attended the LCBO on Malden Road and parked their vehicle in the lot while they went inside the store. The issue was that the vehicle was left running and there were two children alone in the vehicle that appeared to be under the age of three. Another aggravating circumstance was that the vehicle had been parked in a handicap parking space. Police were provided with the licence plate number of the vehicle but the person and vehicle were gone when the officer arrived. The officer attended the vehicle owners residence and spoke to them about the report. Police did not observe these offences and the person was educated and warned not to do this again. We would like to remind everyone not to leave your children in the car, even if you are just running in to the store just for a “second”.

Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle Later Found to be a Medical Condition
Police received a report of a possible impaired driver on Front Road near Martin Lane. The vehicle was reportedly swerving and striking the curb while driving at a low rate of speed. A description of the vehicle was received and officers converged on the area. An officer was able to quickly locate the vehicle and spoke with the driver who was disoriented but was not exhibiting signs of impairment. It was learned shortly thereafter that the driver was suffering a from a medical condition that was impairing their ability to operate a motor vehicle. Officers ensured that the vehicle and driver were safely removed from the roadway by a family member. The officer will submit to the Ministry of Transport to review this drivers ability to continue to drive.

Feb. 8th
Break and Enter
At about 6:45 PM, officers were dispatch to the area of D’Amore Drive and Kassas Street for a report of a Break and Enter that just occurred. The reporting person was the owner of a house under construction and tried to lock a male inside the house. The male escaped the house and left on a bicycle. A description of the male was given and officers located the male a short time later, trying to escape on his bicycle. The male was arrested without incident and was charged with breaking and entering with intent as well as possession of break and enter tools.