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Weekly Media Release April 29- May 5, 2019

From the 29th of April 2019 – 5th of May 2019, the Cobourg Police Service responded to 209 incidents which included:

14 Theft calls, 9 Motor Vehicle Collisions, 5 Alarm calls, 4 Missing Person calls, 2 Family Disturbance calls, 11 Suspicious Person calls, 3 Fraud calls, 7 911 hang up calls, 2 Suspicious Vehicle call, 4 Assault calls, 2 Drug offences calls and 4 Domestic dispute calls.

Here are some examples of calls for service for the week;

April 29th

  •   A male entered a local Pharmacy with a prescription to fill for oxycodone, and after reviewing the signature, staff was advised that is was forged. A review of the video at the store appeared to be a male responsible for other forgery thefts elsewhere. The investigation is continuing as the male’s identity needs to be confirmed.
  • Police attended a school in the East end of Cobourg for a call of mischief to property. On arrival Police noted that a booth or shed had been entered through the roof and damaged on the inside. The damage was noted by staff on the Friday prior but not reported until the Monday following. There are no suspects at this time.

April 30th

  • A female complainant attended a business on Division to conduct some shopping and parked her scooter at the front of the business. On completion of her shopping the female attended outside and observed that her scooter had been stolen. Investigation is continuing in an attempt to view video and identify the suspect(s) responsible for the theft.
  • A male and female entered a business in the Northwest end of Cobourg and while there proceeded to steal an unknown quantity of goods. Both parties were confronted by store security and fled on foot. After a brief search for both parties, they were located and arrested for theft. Arrested for theft under $5000.00 were 37 year old Melanie HILL and 23 year old Emanuel SUTHERLAND, both of Cobourg.


May 1st

  • A complainant contacted Police advising he is the manager of a West end store and on the 30th of April a female entered the store and stole a $200.00 Dewalt oscillating tool. A video of the female is on file and Police are continuing the investigation to identify the female.
  • Police were dispatched to a downtown business for a report of a family dispute. On arrival it was learned that a male and his son had become involved in a verbal dispute over the son smoking cigarettes. The son denied the accusation and Police gave both parties advice on how to handle themselves in public.

May 2nd

  • Police responded to an address in the Northeast part of Cobourg for an assault that had just occurred. Upon further investigation it was revealed that there was no assault between two males but a verbal dispute did take place. One of the males was escorted from the property and trespassed from there.
  • Police were contacted about a male at a downtown business that appeared to be intoxicated and was about to drive in his vehicle. Police located the male driving the vehicle and after further investigation it was revealed that he was driving while impaired by alcohol. The male, 54 year old Michael BALLUM of Cobourg was arrested and brought before a qualified Intoxilyzer Technician where he blew over the legal limit.


May 3rd

  • Police responded to a William Street business for a report of a stolen dump trailer. On arrival Police spoke to the complainant who advised that the trailer was not in a secure compound and they had video of the incident. Stolen was a black utility trailer with an Ontario licence plate of R3609K. The investigation is ongoing.
  • Police were called to a business in the Northwest part of Cobourg for two shoplifters in custody by the loss prevention officer. After arriving on scene Police issued Provincial Offences Notices to both females under the Trespass to property Act and both were trespassed from the business for a year.

May 4th

  • Police conducted patrols of the river banks for fishery enforcement. While on this patrol, 36 anglers were checked for such things as valid licence, no alcohol, trespassing to fish and legal fish size and limits. A male was observed at this time to have open alcohol, and another was observed to be trespassing to fish. Both males were issued Provincial Offences Notices, one under the Liquor Licence Act and the other und the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.
  • Police were called to a park area off of Walton Street for a report of two people barbequing and drinking in the park. On arrival Police spoke with two parties who had located a BBQ on the side of the road and were taking it home. No alcohol could be observed on either party and they were sent on their way.

May 5th

  • Police responded to an address near the downtown for two males rummaging through a rental garbage bin. On arrival Police spoke to the complainant who advised that two males were in his rented garbage bin searching for items and this was not the first time. When the complainant asked the males to leave they became belligerent to him. Police conducted patrols of the area looking for these males but did not locate them and the complainant was advised to call again if they return.
  • Police/Fire and paramedics responded to an address in the downtown area for a report of a possible overdose of a person. On arrival Police spoke with several people at the address who denied any involvement with an overdose and were not helpful with locating anyone overdosing. After a brief investigation and the canvassing of neighbours it could be determined if there was an overdose.