Weekly Media Release – October 5th, 2020 – October 11th, 2020

Members of the LaSalle Police Service, working from Monday October 5th to Sunday October 11th, were kept busy responding to 347 calls for service and activities including:

21 – Emergency 911 Calls
2 – Alarms
1 – Assault Complaint
2 – Assist Ambulance
1 – Assist Other Police Service
4 – Break and Enter
4 – By-Law Complaints
53 – Directed Patrols
12 – Driving Complaints
3 – Drug Investigations
1 – Family Dispute
2 – Frauds
3 – Impaired Driving Complaints
1 – Mental Health Act Matter
4 – Missing Person
8 – Motor Vehicle Collisions
73 – Property Checks
13 – Suspicious Activity
11 – Thefts
2 – Vehicle Thefts
3 – Threats
69 – Traffic Stops & Vehicle Checks
2 – COVID-19 related call
15 – Quarantine Act related checks

October 5th
Theft of Vehicle Overnight
At 5:45 AM, Officers attended a residence on River Avenue for a report of a 2013 grey Ford 150 that was stolen from that location during the night. Tire marks were observed across the front lawn from the driveway and lead in the direction of Old Front Road. Two other vehicles parked in the driveway had been entered and items were stolen from within. A spare key to the stolen F150 was stolen from one of the other unlocked vehicles in the driveway which allowed the culprits to easily make off with the pickup. This vehicle has been added to a police database as stolen and the investigation is still 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

Stunt Driving
An officer was conducting radar on the Huron Church Line Road eastbound Highway 401 on ramp just before midnight. At this time a vehicle was observed travelling eastbound in the center lane at a high rate of speed. The vehicle registered a reading of 177km/h on radar after which the officer stopped the vehicle and served the driver with a Part III Summons for “Drive Motor Vehicle – Preform Stunt/Speeding by 50km/h or more”. The driver’s licence was be suspended for 7 days and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days. The driver now has a court date to account for these actions.

October 6th
Break and Enter: Elmgate
At 8:20 AM, officers were dispatched the 1000 block of Elmgate for a report of a break and enter to an unoccupied residence that was still under construction. There were no personal belongings in the residence however there were many construction tools therein. Several tools were stolen and there was damage to the drywall and insulation. The break in is believed to have occurred between the hours of 5:00 PM October 5, 2020 and 7:00 AM October 6th, 2020. Officers will also be reviewing private video surveillance from the area.

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 7th
Theft of Vehicle Overnight
Just after 8:00 AM, an officer was dispatched to the 7000 block of Disputed Road for a report of a 2016 Jeep Cherokee that was stolen out of the driveway overnight. The vehicle had been parked in the garage however the reporting person suspects that they accidentally left the garage door open. The keys for the vehicle were also in the garage, allowing the culprit(s) to easily steal the vehicle. A bulletin advising of the stolen vehicle was sent to surrounding police services and added to a police database. Video surveillance from a neighbour is being reviewed and the investigation is ongoing.

Please lock your vehicles and ensure that all doors or closed and locked especially before you turn in for the evening. A good way to remember is to make it a daily routine as the last thing you do before you go to bed. Another good tip is that most modern garage door main switch openers (the one inside the residence or garage) come with a lock out feature that you can activate to lock out all remote access. This way if someone managed to enter your vehicle, which contains your garage door opener, they cannot use it to open the garage door until the lockout switch is deactivated. If the remote opener is stolen you can quickly reprogram the garage door opener to not recognize that remote any longer.

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 8th
Motor Vehicle Collision
Just after 10:00 PM on Thursday, October 8th, Officers of the LaSalle Police Service attended North Townline Road between 3rd Concession and 4th Concession for a report of a collision between two motor vehicles. The preliminary investigation determined that a white Honda Civic was travelling eastbound and crossed over the centre line and struck a westbound black Ford Escape. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and both drivers were injured as a result of the collision. They were taken to hospital with apparent none-life threatening injuries. The road was closed for several hours while members of the LaSalle Police Service Technical Collision Investigation Unit as well as the Forensic Identification Unit conducted their investigation. One of the drivers, an adult male, was arrested at the scene for the criminal offence of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm contrary to Section 320.13(2) of the Criminal Code.

As this motor vehicle collision investigation continues, anyone with information 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 9th
Motor Vehicle Collision
At around 2:30 PM an officer advised that he was out at the scene of a collision on Malden Road at Sprucewood Avenue where a motor vehicle had struck a pedestrian. Investigation into the matter revealed that a male youth had been riding his skateboard southbound along Malden Road and was crossing the intersection in the crosswalk on Sprucewood Avenue with the right of way as the pedestrian signal indicated. At this time a motor vehicle travelling southbound on Malden Road began a right turn onto Sprucewood Avenue and struck the pedestrian who fell to the ground as a result. The youth was wearing a properly fitting helmet and was not seriously injured. Paramedics arrived and transported the youth to hospital for further examination. The driver of the motor vehicle was charged with Fail to Yield to Pedestrian contrary to section 144(7) of the Highway Traffic Act.

As a driver, please remember to look for pedestrians who maybe crossing when turning right at a red light. And as a skateboarder, please remember to wear your helmet when boarding, it could save your life!

October 10th
Suspicious Person
While on patrol at 3:00 AM, an officer came across two male youths sitting on a bus bench on Reaume Road. Because of the time of night and the apparent age of the males the officer decided to stop and talk to them. As the officer approached the males, they both ran and jumped over a nearby fence. One of the males quickly returned and apologized for his actions. He provided the officer his name and explained that he and his friend were bored at home and had decided to go for a walk. The officer advised the male of the provincial curfew for persons under 16 years of age is between 12:00 AM and 6:00 AM. Both male’s parents were advised.

The Ontario’s Family and Youth Services Act states that children under 16 must be either indoors or in the care of an adult between midnight and 6:00 AM. If found out and about the youth will be returned home to his/her parents/guardian and the parent/guardian may be given a fine of up to $1000.

October 11th
3 day Licence Suspension
At 2:30 AM, a LaSalle Police Officer on general patrol observed a speeding motor vehicle stopped the vehicle for the violation. While speaking with driver the officer detected the odour of alcohol from him and demanded a breath sample. The driver registered a reading greater that 50 mgs of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. He was issued a three day drivers licence suspension and the vehicle was towed from the roadway.

If you are going to consume substances that may impair you ability to operate a motor vehicle please seek alternate ways of getting to your destination. Planning ahead will make sure you get there safely.