Weekly Media Release October 12th – October18th

Members of the LaSalle Police Service, working from Monday October 5th to Sunday October 11th, were kept busy responding to 335 calls for service and activities including:

13 – Emergency 911 Calls
2 – Alarms
3 – Assist Ambulance
3 – Assist Other Police Service
1 – Break and Enter
4 – By-Law Complaints
79 – Directed Patrols
1 – Domestic Dispute
6 – Driving Complaints
3 – Family Disputes
1 – Harassment Complaint
1 – Impaired Driving Complaints
1 – Mental Health Act Matter
3 – Mischief Complaints
6 – Motor Vehicle Collisions
99 – Property Checks
5 – Suspicious Activity
2 – Thefts
51 – Traffic Stops & Vehicle Checks
4 – COVID-19 related call

October 12th
Break and Enter
In the early morning hours a call came into dispatch from the owner of Premier Auto Spa on Front road who was presently out of town. They reported that they had received an alert on their security system and were watching persons in the process of breaking in to his business. The reporting person was able to relay to dispatch what they were seeing in accurate detail and in turn dispatchers were able to get officers on scene quickly. Officers arrested an adult male and adult female at the scene. Another adult male was identified as a suspect and later turned himself in to police. All three are charged with Break and Entering with Intent and Possession of House Breaking Instruments.

October 13th
Theft from Shoppers Drug Mart
Officers attended Shoppers Drug Mart after an employee called police to report a possible shoplifter that had just left the store. An adult female was seen concealing merchandise in her purse and leaving the store without paying. An employee confronted the female as she exited, requesting that she pay for the items prior to leaving. The female ignored the employee and left in her vehicle. Police were able to identify the subject and met with her. She returned all of the items. Shoppers Drug Mart did not wish to pursue criminal charges however she has been trespassed from Shoppers Drug Mart Property.

October 15th
Single Motor Vehicle Slid into Ditch
At 6:30 AM, an officer attended the 9200 block of Disputed Road for a report of a single motor vehicle accident. The vehicle had been travelling eastbound on County Road 8 just west of Disputed Road when the driver attempted to make a left turn onto Disputed. The roadway was wet from rain and the vehicle slid across the roadway and gravel shoulder before sliding into the ditch located on the east side of Disputed. There were no injuries were reported. The total damage to the vehicle was $3000 and the driver was issued a traffic ticket for making an unsafe turn.

Stolen Vehicle Fled from Police
At approximately 3:45 AM, an officer was patrolling the area of Sprucewood Avenue when they noticed a white Ford Fusion turn west onto Sprucewood Avenue from Abbot St. The officer made observations of the vehicle that lead them to believe that the driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The vehicle turned north onto Matchette Road into the City of Windsor. The officer was able to obtain the licence plate information and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle made no attempts to stop and fled at a high rate of speed. The officer did not pursue the vehicle out of concerns for safety. Further investigation revealed that the licence plate was stolen out of Windsor and did not match the vehicle that they were currently on. Area departments were notified and the investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is encouraged to contact the LaSalle Police Service at 519 969-5210 or anonymous tips can be made at Crime Stoppers at 519 258-8477 or www.catchcrooks.com

October 16th
Driving with Cannabis Readily Available

Just before 7:00 PM, an officer attended in the area of Windsor Crossings Premium Outlets for a report of a person smoking cannabis in a vehicle in the parking lot. The officer attended and later located the driver. The officer could smell the odour of marijuana however there was no other evidence to suggest that marijuana had been consumed within the vehicle and the driver did not exhibit any signs of impairment. The driver conceded that there was marijuana in the centre console of their vehicle. The driver was cautioned, (given a warning) and educated that this was not a lawful means to transport cannabis while it is readily available to the driver. While it is legal to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis for personal use, Section 12(1) of the Cannabis Control Act of Ontario states that it is an offence to operate a motor vehicle with cannabis readily available, much in the same way that section 32(1) the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario states that it is an offence to operate a motor vehicle with liquor readily available. Please make good decisions when transporting substances that may impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle.

October 17th
Single Motor Vehicle Hits Hydro Pole and Gas Line
At approximately 6:30 AM, LaSalle Police Service received a driving complaint about a vehicle, travelling northbound on Front Road, that was swerving and driving erratically. Officers checked the area thoroughly but were unable to locate the vehicle. At approximately 7:15 AM, Union Gas requested police and fire to attend the 2700 block of Front Road for a motor vehicle that had struck a hydro pole and gas line in that area. The vehicle involved matched the description of the driving complaint that had previously occurred. Officers were able to determine that the driver was not impaired by any intoxicating substances, but was sleep deprived had fallen asleep at the wheel. The driver was charged with “Careless Driving” under the Highway Traffic Act and issued a traffic ticket.

October 18th
Trespassing Complaint
At 6:00 PM, officers attended the 8100 block of Snake Lane in response to a trespassing complaint. An adult male and female were located in a field by the property owner and claimed that they were playing a game on their phone that led them to this location. They left immediately when asked to do so. The reporting person obtained the licence plate of the vehicle and the officer followed up with the vehicle owner. They claimed that they were using an app the provides random coordinates for players to locate and explore. They followed the directions which led them to the field and did not realize that they were on private property. They apologized and advised that they would not return and would be more careful in the future. Anyone using apps such as this should always be mindful prior to entering any property and to obtain permission before entering onto to any property.