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From the 11th of May 2015 through the 17th of May 2015, the Cobourg Police Service responded to 121 occurrences including: 6 Motor Vehicle Collisions, 3 Mental Health calls, 14 Mischief calls, 3 Assault calls, 4 Threatening/Harassment calls, 10 Theft calls, 5 Trouble with Youth calls, and 9 Police Assistance calls for information.

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

May 11:

  • Police investigated threats involving students via Facebook at one of the local high schools;
  • Police investigated a mischief in which a vehicle from a local business was spray painted with graffiti;
  • Police responded to a motor vehicle collision on King Street West in which a driver was charged with Turn not in Safety under the Highway Traffic Act.

May 12:

  • Police investigated an incident in which a youth was assaulted by another youth in a  school yard after school;
  • Police assisted in successfully assisted in calming an autistic youth;

May 13:

  • Police investigated a break and enter at a local business in which approximately $15,000 in equipment was stolen.
  • Police investigated several mischiefs in which the tires were slashed on a vehicle at a local business and several vehicles had the emblems removed.  Three youths were diverted to Rebound Youth Services in relation to the mischiefs.

May 14:

  • Police investigated two thefts from vehicles that occurred overnight.  Police are reminding the public to ensure their vehicles are locked at all times and no items of value are left inside;
  • Police investigated a phone fraud in which the victim was defrauded out of $1470 after being advised that his VISA card had been compromised and was requested to send money overseas to recoup the money.  If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of a scam, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca;
  • Police investigated an incident in which a male was threatened via text message.
  • Police investigated an incident in which a wallet was stolen from the change room in a local school.

May 15:

  • Police charged a male in the downtown area with having  liquor in an open container contrary to the Liquor Licence Act;
  • Police attended the Northumberland Hills Hospital and assisted staff in calming an aggressive patient.
  • Police assisted the OPP with an aggressive patient who had been apprehended under the Mental Health Act.

May 16:

  • A twenty three year old male was charged with assault with a weapon after a male was struck with a bottle while in a local licenced establishment;
  • Police charged a male in the downtown area with being intoxicated in a public place contrary to the Liquor Licence Act;
  • Police charged a twenty-one year old female with possession of controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances act after she was found in possession of cocaine.
  • Police apprehended a male under the Mental Health Act after he was found walking on the railway tracks by the VIA Station.

May 17:

  • Police investigated the theft of a vehicle after it was left unlocked with the keys in the ignition.  Police are reminding the public not to leave their keys in their vehicle and to keep their vehicles locked at all times.
  • Police responded to a report of a missing toddler from the Cobourg Beach Splash Park.  The toddler was located and successfully reunited with his mother.  Police are reminding the public to be vigilant and keep an eye on their children at all time during the busy summer months at the Cobourg waterfront.
  • Police responded to a report of multiple needles floating in the bay of the Cobourg Harbor.  Police recovered and disposed of three syringes.  Used needles and other sharps are dangerous to people and pets if not disposed of safely because they can injure people and spread infections that cause serious health conditions.   Never place loose needles and other sharps (those that are not placed in a sharps disposal container) in the household or public trash cans or recycling bins, and never flush them down the toilet. This puts trash and sewage workers, janitors, housekeepers, household members, and children at risk of being harmed.

The Cobourg Police Service would also like to remind the citizens of Cobourg to lock their vehicles to prevent and deter theft from vehicles. These incidents are an ongoing concern for the Cobourg Police Service. Crime prevention for these types of occurrences starts with citizens ensuring they lock their vehicles.

The Cobourg Police Service would again like to congratulate Ms. Fawcett’s kindergarten class at Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School, the winner of the TogetherFamilies.com contest.  TogetherFamilies.com created an educational program that helps teach children in elementary schools across Ontario about police and their community. The program included a contest that asked students to submit things they learned about police.

The contest prize was a visit by a police officer and Playmobil toys for the class. On Tuesday the 12th of May, Chief Kai Liu and Deputy Chief Paul VandeGraaf, along with Constables Janice MacDonald and Vanessa Gerasimow attended Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School and spoke to Ms. Fawcett’s class as part of their prize.