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Thieves target local business twice

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Sometime overnight between Wednesday, Nov. 15 and Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, the Ontario Electronic Vape Store, located on Simcoe Street in Tillsonburg, was broken into.

The break, enter and theft was discovered by a passerby at approximately 7:10 a.m. and The Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended.

Suspects had disabled the business alarm, smashed through the front door using a baseball bat then entered the store. Once inside, suspects used the bat to break a glass display case and stole Vape products from the case and surrounding shelves.

 Through investigation the following is a description of the suspects:

Suspect 1 - Male

* approximately 5 foot 11 inches.

* Thin build.

* Dark hoodie, black balaclava, black cargo pants, black shoes, light brown gloves.

Suspect #2 - Possibly a Female

* Approximately 5 foot 5 inches

* Thin build

* Black sweater, light coloured blue jeans, grey balaclava, black gloves

* Distinctive red Nike running shoes. (In photo)

On Friday, Nov. 17, at approximately 12:55 a.m., OPP responded to a glass breaking alarm at the same business (Ontario Electronic Vape Store) located on Simcoe Street in Tillsonburg.

It was discovered that three suspects had broken through the front glass door, and again gained entry to the business. Once inside the glass cabinets were smashed and Vape Products stolen. The suspects all believed to be male, were all wearing dark clothing, balaclavas and gloves. One suspect appeared to be wearing a Halloween mask with long grey hair, possibly a wig.

The value of Vape products stolen from both break, enter and thefts was approximately $6,200.

Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this incident should immediately contact the Oxford County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) orwww.oxfordcrimestoppers.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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Two men charged with mischief at The Bridges

The Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a mischief incident which was reported on Sunday, Nov. 12, at The Bridges at Tillsonburg golf course on John Pound Road in Tillsonburg.

Unknown suspect(s) entered the property sometime overnight between Saturday, Nov. 11, and 3 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2017 and caused significant damage to the greens and tee-boxes on holes 12 through 15.

The damage was caused when All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) drove onto the course and intentionally ripped up the course with their vehicles.

The damages are estimated to in the amount of $40,000.

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, Oxford OPP arrested Jacob Harder, 25-years-of-age, of Aylmer, and Daniel Hiebert, 22-years-of-age, of Malahide Township. Both males were charged with Mischief - Cause Damage to Property, contrary to The Criminal Code of Canada.

They were released on a Promise to Appear and an Officer in Charge Undertaking with a future court date in Woodstock.

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Theft at Walmart

On Monday, Nov. 20, at approximately 1 p.m., Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police responded to a report of a theft at Walmart in The Town Centre mall on Broadway, Tillsonburg.

Through the course of investigation it was determined that a male suspect removed a quantity of merchandise from the store without paying. Approximate value of the items taken was $150.

The area was searched with negative results for the male suspect.

Later in the evening at approximately 9 p.m., OPP responded to the Walmart as the suspect had returned to the store and was identified by loss prevention.

As a result of the investigation, Andrew Daradics, 25-years-old of Tillsonburg, was arrested and charged for Theft Under $5,000, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. He was held for a bail hearing.

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Be aware of scams

The Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police would like to make the public aware of current fraudulent scam that may affect residences.

Currently, scammers are sending out fake emails (phishing) from "Canada Post" stating that you have missed a home delivery and need to click on some links to complete paperwork and pick up your package within 48 hours.

Canada Post will never contact you via email unless you have pre-arranged this. Canada Post will normally leave you a notice on your door with information regarding a delivery.

Another common scam that is affecting residence is a type of emergency scam. This is where a fraudster will call your phone. They will tell you they are either a lawyer or police officer and request money must be sent, as a family member has been arrested.

This is a scam that the "lawyer" or "police officer" will tell you to transfer money via a money transfer service, pre-paid credit cards, or iTunes gift cards.

One of the main themes of frauds/scams is that they are unsolicited. You need to check before you act. This simple step will ensure you do not become a victim of fraud.

All types of frauds should be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at 1-888-495-8501 or by going online to www.antifraudcentre.ca. When visiting this website you can also gain valuable information on how to protect yourself from frauds and current fraud trends. 

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