Stolen firearms recovered from break and enter

Police Briefs

To report a crime, online reporting can be accessed at www.opp.ca/reporting. To contact the police by phone, call OPP Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

(Rainy River District, ON) – On June 13, 2021 members of the Ontario Provincial Police assisted by the Rainy River District OPP Crime Unit; OPP Northwest Region Emergency Response Team; OPP Northwest Region Canine Unit; and Forensic Identification Services responded to a report of a break and enter and theft of firearms which had occurred recently at a residence on Highway 613 North in the Rainy River District. In that incident a male had broken into a residence removed multiple items and attempted to steal a vehicle which was on the property. The male then left on foot stealing multiple firearms and other household items. The OPP investigation led police officers to recover the household items and all the stolen firearms.

As a result of this investigation an arrest warrant was issued for the male. He was arrested on July 5, 2021 and was charged with multiple property and firearm offences against the Criminal Code. He appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 6, 2021 and his next court date is scheduled for July 26, 2021 in the Town of Fort Frances.

The OPP would like to remind the public that if you observe suspicious activity you can report that activity to the Ontario Provincial Police by calling 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). If you submit a tip through Crime Stoppers you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. Visit www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca if you would like more information in how to send online anonymous tips. When you submit online tips you can also send pictures, videos, audio recordings and documents.

SUSPICIOUS MALE

(Rainy River, ON) – Members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police are investigating an incident involving a suspicious male in a truck in Rainy River, Ontario. On June 26, 2021 at approximately 10:00pm a male driving, what was described as, a white truck with a topper and rust around the wheel wells spoke to a female youth. At that time inappropriate comments were made by the male to the female youth.

Police would like assistance in identifying the male and the vehicle. If anyone has had similar experiences or has seen a similar vehicle in the area of Rainy River, Ontario please contact the OPP Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

ONLINE REPORTING

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – The Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wish to remind residents about an additional option when they become a victim of a minor property crime. Online Reporting was introduced in November 2019, where members of the public can report selected incidents using their mobile device, laptop, tablet or computer. In June 2020, the system was expanded to include the ability to report criminal occurrences online regardless of value. Online Reporting provides another way for citizens to report crimes that are not emergencies, but that fall under specific parameters, including:

  • Theft;
  • Mischief / Damage to Property;
  • Mischief / Damage to Vehicle;
  • Theft from Vehicle;
  • Lost / Missing Property;
  • Stolen License Plates; and
  • Driving Complaints

Only occurrences that do not involve an injury, a suspect or evidence are applicable. An officer will attend, if requested.

“Online Reporting helps to ensure that we are maximizing efficiency, while continuing to improve and diversify service delivery. Online Reporting allows the public to report minor crimes securely, on their time and in a  convenient manner. This can be especially useful when individuals need to file a claim with their insurance companies and/or do not wish to speak with an officer about a non-emergency incident,” said Detachment Commander, Inspector Shaun Crabbe

To access the system, a user can go to opp.ca/reporting, choose their location and click on Start a Report. This will take the user to a secure link where they will be given precise instructions on how to fill out the report. An automatic report number will be provided once an online report is completed. If required, an officer will contact you within 72 hours.

All information submitted through Online Reporting is confidential. Personal information and occurrence details are secure from forms of electronic intrusion. There are several layers of security used to protect data gathered.

Every effort will be made to ensure that users are able to easily input information into the system. If difficulties are encountered, there will be a link where the public can email their concerns. The user always has the option to contact the OPP Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122 to report their incident.

INJURED BEAR

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have received a call of a bear with an arrow stuck in its back.

On Monday July 12, 2021 at approximately 1:00 p.m. the Kenora OPP were advised that someone had witnessed a bear near River Drive in the City of Kenora that had an arrow sticking out of its back. Police attended but were unable to locate the bear.

 Police would like to ask the public to contact the OPP if the bear is witnessed and not to approach it. Anyone with information regarding this is asked to contact the Kenora OPP at 1-888-310-1122, or 1-807-548-5534.

IMPAIRED DRIVER

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested and charged two people with Impaired Driving offences over the weekend. 

 At approximately 8:30 p.m. on July 12, 2021, Police received a complaint of a boat parked underneath a bridge in Norman with a person passed out on it. Police attended and spoke with the lone occupant of the vessel and determined they had been consuming alcohol. The accused was arrested at the scene and transported for further tests. As a result of this investigation, a 66 year old Kenora man has been charged with: Operation While Impaired-Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus) and Operation While Impaired-Alcohol and Drugs.

At 11:55 p.m. on July 11, 2021, Police were dispatched to a motorist in need of assistance on 17A Highway. After speaking to the driver they were taken to the detachment for further investigation by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). As a result of this investigation, a 36 year old man of Oliver Paipoonge, Ontario has been charged with: Operation While Impaired-Alcohol and Drugs.

Motorists who drive impaired by alcohol or drugs are subject to drivers licence suspensions, fines, vehicle impoundments, criminal records and increased insurance costs. Drivers 21 years of age or younger have a Zero blood alcohol rule while driving. Please drive responsibly, don’t drink and drive.

The OPP is committed to safety for all who utilize Ontario’s roadways. Members of the public are urged to report Impaired Driving by calling 911 in emergency situations or for non-emergent call 1-888-310-1122.

CMV FATALITIES

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reporting a significant increase in commercial motor vehicle (CMV)-related fatal collisions – a clear sign that many drivers are disregarding the additional risks these types of collisions carry.

From January 1 to June 30, 2021, the OPP responded to 32 fatal crashes that involved a CMV, compared to 23 such collisions at this time last year.

Heading into the second half of 2021, 2,956 CMV-involved crashes have occurred, up nine (9) per cent over 2020 and accounting for close to 13 per cent of the total number of collisions on OPP-patrolled roads this year.

Improper lane changes, following too closely, speeding and driver inattention on the part of CMV operators and drivers of other involved vehicles are leading factors in this year’s large truck-related collisions.

A CMV can weigh in excess of 60,000 kg and, travelling at speeds of 80 to 105 km/h, generates significant momentum and energy, increasing the risk of fatality when involved in a crash with other vehicles.

During the one-week Operation Safe Driver campaign, OPP officers will be highly visible conducting enforcement and education aimed a CMV operators and other drivers, exercising zero tolerance with any motorists observed engaging in risky driving in and around these large vehicles. CMV inspections will also be conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation.

Operation Safe Driver is led by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), with enforcement and education initiatives conducted throughout North America. The goal of the campaign is to enhance CMV and non-commercial vehicle driver safety.