Theft at Tillsonburg Town Centre

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Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police responded to a trespass and theft incident at Tillsonburg Town Centre on Broadway on Tuesday at approximately 12:04 p.m.

After being identified, the male suspect fled on foot. Police located and subsequently charged the male, who was found to be in possession of stolen property.

As a result of the investigation, 25-year-old Dustin Vanhaverbeke of Tillsonburg was charged under the criminal code of Canada with the following: Theft Under $5,000; Possession of Property obtained by Crime; and Fail to Comply with Probation Order (2 counts).

The man was held in custody for a bail hearing.


Stunt driving on McDowell Road

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Norfolk County Detachment have charged a 36-year-old male with stunt driving after police stopped a motor vehicle on McDowell Road West, North Walsingham.

On Friday, April 10, at approximately 9:31 p.m., police observed a motor vehicle that appeared to be travelling at a high rate of speed westbound on McDowell Road West. The vehicle ran through radar and recorded a reading of 145 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone.

Police have charged 36-year-old Paulo Ferreira of Norfolk County with Stunt Driving and driving under suspension x2 contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

“There will be zero tolerance for motorists driving aggressively, impaired by drugs or alcohol, distracted drivers or those who fail to buckle up," said Constable Ed Sanchuk, Norfolk County OPP in a media release. "Driving safety is everyone’s responsibility and it starts before the vehicle is put into drive.”

OPP are reminding all motorists that the minimum fine for Stunt Driving, if convicted, is $2,000 and an automatic drivers licence suspension for seven days.

Ferreira was scheduled to appear in Provincial Court, Simcoe at a later date to answer to the charge.


Mischief in Port Rowan

OPP Norfolk County Detachment is investigating an act of mischief on Front Road, Port Rowan.

Between Monday, March 30 and Sunday, April 12, unknown suspects threw a 40-pound cement block into the bottom of a pool. This caused significant damage resulting in the water draining from the pool.

Damage was estimated at approximately $2,000.

The OPP want to remind all residents that if they see anything suspicious to please contact the police. If anyone is found committing acts of Mischief, appropriate charges will be laid.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1 – 888 – 310 – 1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – 8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.



OPP investigating sexting incident

Ontario Provincial Police Norfolk County Detachment is urging all parents to speak to their children about the dangers of Self-Peer Exploitation after police received a complaint from a Norfolk County resident.

On Tuesday, April 14, at approximately 2:47 p.m., police received as complaint from a concerned parent after their child received a text message from another youth requesting sexually explicit photos.

Through investigation it was determined that no photos were sent and the youth immediately notified their parents of the request.

There has been a marked increase in the number of reports involving youth sending sexually explicit images or videos over the internet to peers. This is called self-peer exploitation. It is also known as sexting.

The OPP is concerned about the safety of those involved, and wants to create a greater awareness about the issue and what can be done if a teen finds themselves overwhelmed with the reality of their actions.

Teens need to realize the long and short term dangers of sending out photographs of themselves. Those who distribute it also need to be aware of the criminal ramifications of doing so.

Porn culture is becoming pop culture, and often parents do not know that their kids are involved, and it can be difficult to determine. Parents are encouraged to have honest and frank discussions with their kids about what self-peer exploitation is, and explain that the images can often end up somewhere they may not want them to be. Be prepared to offer them some information about who they can turn to if they need help.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of children, with a goal to reduce child victimization. They are a great resource, and have many links to information that is helpful to parents, educators and teens themselves. The Centre also has a tip line to report online sexual exploitation called is developing and disseminating effective intervention and prevention practices to reach a variety of stakeholders.

“Everyone needs to realize the long and short term dangers of sending out photographs of themselves. Those who distribute it also need to be aware of the criminal ramifications of doing so. Once it’s out there, you can’t get it back and you should not be embarrassed to speak to police about your concerns,” said Constable Ed Sanchuk, Norfolk County OPP, in a media release.


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