DISGRACEFUL ACT OF THEFT
On April 6, 2021, officers from the Sarnia Police Service attended the cenotaph located behind the Sarnia Public Library. They were there to observe and take a report of a theft. Some unknown, despicable person or persons removed the copper rifle from the statue known as “Tommy” mounted atop the cenotaph.
This disrespectful act is shameful and cowardly and these thieves need to be located, arrested and charged accordingly.
If you have any information that could lead to the arrest of the people or persons, please contact Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips (1-800-222-8477) or go on line at www.p3tips.com. You could be eligible for a cash reward and you will remain anonymous.
Fools Take Tools
Sometime between March 27 and March 28, 2021, unknown persons attended a construction site on Ferdinandos Crescent in the City of Sarnia. This is the area east of Modeland Road and north of Confederation Street.
While there, the thieves entered a 2015 Ford F150 pick up truck and removed several valuable tools and pieces of equipment which included a Honda Generator, a Dewalt chipper, a Hilte drill set, a Dewalt tool set and a Tapcon laser level. The total value of this lot was about $10,000.00.
The pictures shown may not be exact to those items stolen but may help in recognizing the brand.
These scoundrels need to be caught. If you know who is responsible for this bold theft, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go on line at p3tips.com. You could be eligible for a cash reward and you will remain anonymous.
NOT FOR SALE – Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is not just someone being brought across a border, from another country. It is a crime that preys upon vulnerable, desperate and lonely victims. These victims are recruited, transported, held or harbored and exploited, usually for a sexual purpose. They are denied their freedom by withholding identification and travel documents. They are coerced, threatened and intimidated. Someone has observed their vulnerability, targeted them and paid attention to them.
The trafficked person usually complies with the trafficker out of necessity in order to survive. The situation is justified by the victim because it is better than where they came from. An abusive situation, substance dependency or emotional and physiological issues. The world-wide pandemic situation has slowed the Human Trafficking issue down slightly but there are ways around that and it is by virtual means.
Human Trafficking does not only exist in large cities, it exists everywhere, including Sarnia Lambton. Sarnia Police Service has dealt with females between the ages of 17 and 58 who have been in this situation. Sarnia Police Service had 47 occurrences in 2020 involving Human Trafficking. The Ontario Provincial Police have large trafficking projects province wide. The scale of their investigations are much larger and time consuming, sometimes taking years to conclude.
Before charges can be laid, the victim needs to co-operate with law enforcement. The victims are most often reluctant out of fear but help can be offered to them through counselling and safe shelter from social services and agencies within the community. It is not just women that are being trafficked. Males can be victims as well.
The 401 and the 402 highways are the main corridors used to transport these victims to various cities and communities along the route. These traffickers or “recruiters” are often from out of town. The victim is usually set up in a motel or hotel. The stay could be a few short days and sometime several weeks. The victim never leaves the room, maid service is denied and foot traffic to and from the room is frequent. The room is paid for by a third party and usually by cash, leaving no names. The victim is moved frequently into various communities.
Most victims that are being trafficked for a sexual purpose have entered into an “agreement” with the trafficker. It may be that they are seeking refugee status or are drug dependent and the trafficker fulfills that need. Once the victim has “fulfilled” the “agreement” terms, they are free to go. The “services” offered by the trafficked workers are advertised on various want ads, classified listings and escort type web sites.
You may suspect someone is being trafficked or has been trafficked by their actions. Are they fearful, depressed, submissive, withdrawn; do they seem tense or anxious, do they show signs of abuse like burns, fractures or bruises; do they have little or no personal belongings, do they seem secretive, have a new cell phone that is private; are they wearing inappropriate clothing and jewelery, too provocative for their age?
If you think you may know someone who is being trafficked, or you see suspicious activity as described, please contact Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or go on line at www.p3tips.com. You could be eligible for a cash reward if charges are laid and you will remain anonymous.
Mitton Village Crimes
In late February there were two separate incidents of mischief that occurred at Nick’s Pizza on North Mitton Street in the Mitton Village business district. A rock was thrown thru the business window on both occasions. Senseless acts that some one knows who is responsible for.
In a second incident, a break and enter was committed at the Crossroads Music Emporium on South Mitton Street near the intersection of Kathleen Avenue. This happened on February 24th, 2021 sometime after 5:00 AM. Two guitars were stolen; a white “Sharvelle” guitar and a “Recording King” guitar. Both of these are uncommon brands. A photo is attached. Damage was also done at the entry point.
If you know who may be responsible for these needless crimes, please call Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or go on line at www.p3tips.com. You could receive a cash reward for your information.
Lazy Lane Home Invasion – July 2020
The OPP in Lambton County are appealing to the public to help solve a terrifying home invasion from last July – 2020.
At about 1:00 am on July 8th two men entered a home on Lazy Lane in Lambton Shores. Once inside, the men committed a robbery and fled the scene shortly after.
Lazy Lane is a quiet, rural, cul de sac that runs along the Ausable River, not far from Thedford and Port Franks, ON
Like all residents of Lambton Shores, the people living on this quiet street are not accustomed to criminal activity in their neighbourhood and certainly not something as serious as a home invasion/robbery.
The OPP continue to actively investigate this crime and they have released descriptions of the two suspects.
The first suspect is described as a white man, about 6 foot 1, with a medium or average build. He had blonde hair with dyed lime green bangs to his eyebrow, green or hazel eyes, and he was wearing a black hoodie, and black shoes that could possibly be Sketchers.
The second suspect is a brown skinned man, between 5’6 and 5’7, and he spoke with an accent, possibly Middle Eastern or Portuguese. He has tattoos down his left arm, and was wearing a black hoodie, black shoes, and a cap style hat.
If you have any information that may assist the police in this investigation, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or submit a tip online at www.p3tips.com
February 19, 2021
The “Pest-Away Inc” Crime of the Week
The Rental Property Scam is alive and well in Sarnia Lambton. This scam has gained in popularity during the pandemic and is recently hitting us locally.
The scam is a simple one to pull off but if you are diligent, you can make sure that you will not be one of the next victims.
The scam goes like this… you’re looking for a place to live – locally or out of town so you check Kijiji and other places online for vacancies. You find a nice looking place, maybe a house or an apartment complete with professional pictures and detailed description.
When you contact the landlord or owner, you are assured that the place is available for your move in date. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the place can’t be shown to you in person, but you drive by anyway and the place looks nice.
You are asked to fill out an application and maybe send a copy of your driver’s licence to make sure YOU aren’t a scammer. Then you’re asked to send ‘first month’s rent’ or a security deposit to hold the place. You might be told that there are several others interested so you have to act fast.
So far, the scammer has all of your personal information from the application and maybe even a security deposit to hold the place.
That could be the end of it OR the scammer continues to scam other people in other cities in the same manner – except next time he or she is posing as YOU… with your personal information!
And the cycle repeats itself.
Don’t be a victim. Find out how to protect yourself by checking out all of the Fraud Scams and Schemes at Canadian Anti Fraud Center
February 11, 2021
The city of Sarnia has unfortunately been rocked by a number of violent and serious incidents. With that in mind, Crime Stoppers would like to remind people of the importance of road safety when approaching emergency vehicles and of keeping away from areas that are blocked or cordoned off for investigation purposes. The last thing needed at times like this are for police to have to investigate a separate incident because of someone’s ignorance of the law.
Police or any other emergency vehicles are easy to identify because of their red lights. When you see these lights, approach with caution. It is the law to immediately pull over to the right side of the road and come to a complete stop until all emergency vehicles have passed. If the emergency vehicle is approaching you from the rear, the same rules apply. Do not leave the area until it is safe to do so.
When police are investigating serious incidents, often times the area will be blocked or cordoned off using barricades, emergency vehicles or yellow caution tape. Stay away. Avoid the area. These are often crime scenes and must not be interfered with. The barricades are also there for your safety. The location may be blocked for a few hours or sometime days. Keep out. The area does not need to be tampered with or congested due to curious onlookers.
Police and other emergency services will often post about certain situations or investigations on their social media sites including Twitter, Instagram and Face Book. Media releases are disseminated to various media outlets across the area to alert citizens about investigations and areas to avoid if necessary. Keep in touch with these sites and your local news for updates.
One of these tragic incidents is the murder of Sue-Elin Lumsden at her Essex Street home. Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers has taken a rare step and doubled the normal maximum reward in this matter to the amount of $4000 for any tips leading to the arrest of person or persons responsible for this horrendous crime. Some one out there knows something. Please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or go on line at www.p3tips.com.
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Lambton Ontario Provincial Police, along with the Anishinabek Police Service are still investigating the tragic homicide of 29 year old David Jordan Oliver of Kettle and Stony Point 1st Nation. Mr. Oliver was reported missing on the 31stth of July, 2020 and his body located August 2, 2020 near 9356 Army Camp Road. His red Dodge Ram truck was found at another location, a short distance away. David Oliver had been murdered.
David Oliver was a dearly loved husband, son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle and cousin living in the tight-knit community of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, located along Lake Huron, between Sarnia and Grand Bend, Ontario. He was a funny, polite and a talented student who was well liked by the staff and students of his former school as well as being described as a gifted athlete who also loved to travel. David’s family, friends and the community were shocked, saddened and hurt after learning he had been murdered.
Both police agencies have been working diligently in trying to solve this senseless crime. The Ontario Government has offered a $50,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and the conviction of the person or persons responsible for David’s death. To reach any of the OPP investigators, please call 1- 888-310-1122 or 1-888-882-1011. For more information on the Government reward, go to hc-cs.ca.
You could also be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers if you call 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or go on-line at www.p3tips.com to submit any information that you may have. Someone out there knows something. Please do the right thing for David’s family.