Porch Pirates & Other Thieves
Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers want to help you avoid becoming the next victim of theft.
It’s not quite the wild-west out there but there has been an alarming increase in the number of thefts from cars and front porches in the past month.
With the holiday season approaching, parked cars have become a popular target for thieves. Cars parked in driveways, on the road and in parking lots seem to be easy pickings for thieves if the doors are left unlocked.
Online shopping may keep you safer from Covid-19 but so many parcels are being delivered to homes and left on front porches by courier services. ‘Porch-Pirate’ is just a catchy name for a thief who steals the package from your porch.
These are crimes of opportunity. Remove the opportunity and you will stop the crime before it happens.
Try these tips to remove the opportunity.
Target hardening is the first step toward preventing these thefts. You work hard for the money to buy these items… don’t make it easy for these thieves to make off with your belongings.
Objects Thrown Onto Highway 402
On October 17 th , 2021 shortly after 11pm, a pipe was thrown from the Murphy Rd overpass onto
Highway 402 at a moving vehicle striking the front windshield. Moments before this, the driver saw
someone place an object on the highway, forcing a lane change just before impact. Right after the
impact, 3 people were seen on the overpass above.
A couple of hours later, a truck driver had to swerve to avoid hitting a shopping cart in the same
eastbound lanes near the same Murphy Rd overpass.
Luckily, there were no injuries in these incidents but there was a potential for very serious if not life
A person was arrested and charged with a similar act 2 or 3 weeks later when a bicycle wheel was
thrown from an overpass onto Hwy 402.
If you know anything about who may be responsible for throwing any objects onto a roadway from an
overpass, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) and you could earn a reward up to $2,000.00
A1 Security Crime of the Week
Sarnia Police along with the Ontario Provincial Police are seeing an increase in the number of impaired drivers in and around Sarnia Lambton. This is both shameful and frightening for all of our communities.
Recently, volunteers and MADD Sarnia-Lambton Board members gathered and placed more than 200 white crosses adorned with red ribbons in front of the East Street Fire Hall in Sarnia. The display represents the many lives that are lost each year across our nation due to impaired driving during the holiday season.
To date, Sarnia Police have laid 79 charges related to impaired driving. A total of 76 charges were laid in all of 2020. In the middle of the summer of 2021, the Ontario Provincial Police reported that they had already laid 35 alcohol driving related charges.
The Sarnia Police Service totals are a combination of impaired by alcohol and by drugs. The combination of drugs and alcohol or the combination of drugs and prescription drugs (known as “poly-drug” use) continues to be an issue of concern. Trained drug recognition experts throughout the province have led to the ability to spot indicators more clearly on “impaired by drug” occurrences. Given the severity of impaired driving, officers have also been more vigilant in spotting impaired drivers and removing them from our roads.
As a reminder, for the purpose of checking sobriety, police officers have the authority to conduct “mandatory alcohol screening” on ANY driver on ANY road at ANY time, after making a lawful stop.
Refusing to provide a breath sample charges have also doubled for the Sarnia Police this year. This can result in fine of $2,000.
Party hosts and bars/restaurants can be held liable and responsible for impaired drivers who leave their homes and establishments.
Roadside sobriety checkpoints and the holiday RIDE programs will be out and about in Sarnia-Lambton very soon.
If you spot someone or suspect someone to be driving while under the influence, please call 911. Get as much information as possible and police will respond to the location. Do not inform police via social media platforms. This is a “crime in progress” and needs to be dealt with immediately. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle yourself. Your safety is very important.
GRAND BEND ROBBERY
On Tuesday, August 31, 2021 around 3:40 AM, two males entered a business in Grand Bend. One of the males distracted the employee while the second male put items in a bag. Both culprits fled the scene. An employee was assaulted during this incident. The suspects were last observed leaving the area in a vehicle which drove away northbound on Ontario Street.
The business was smart and had a surveillance system. These robbers were captured on that system and are pictured below. The unique tattoo on male suspect number 1’s neck will hopefully help to identify him along with the scar on male suspect #2’s upper left chest. Do these look familiar to you at all? Someone out there knows who these thugs are.
Do the right thing and call Crime Stoppers. If an arrest is made, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. You will remain anonymous. Give Crime Stoppers at call at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go on line at www.p3tips.com.
A1 Security Crime of the Week – Stolen Motorcycle from Grand Bend
On October 26, 2021, a lone male was observed in Grand Bend as he stole a red Honda Crom motorcycle.
This man arrived at an address on Ontario St in Grand Bend in a two-toned silver or grey Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. He loaded the small motorcycle into the bed of the pickup truck before closing the tonneau cover and leaving northbound on Ontario Street.
The individual is described as a heavier-set male wearing a dark coloured hoodie and surgical mask.
OPP investigators believe another individual had a conversation with this male while he was loading the motorcycle. Officers do not believe this second individual assisted in the theft. This second individual was wearing a green shirt and red baseball hat.
Officers are looking to identify either of these individuals.
If you have information on this event, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at www.sarnialambtoncrimestoppers.org where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
ARSON ON QUEEN STREET
On September 25, 2021, shortly after 7 AM, Sarnia Police responded to a fire call in the 100 block of Johnson Street, near Queen Street. Sarnia Fire was already on scene and had distinguished the fire which involved a sailboat parked in a shared driveway. The intensity of the fire on the boat spread and caused significant damage to a nearby garage, a fence, a trailer and a shed on adjacent properties. Thankfully, no persons were harmed as a result of this incident.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division as well as officers with the Forensic Identification Branch were also called out.
Photographs were taken of the crime scene. A canvas of the neighbourhood was conducted and video surveillance footage collected from various neighbouring properties is being been reviewed.
This incident has been deemed arson by Sarnia Fire Services. Damages are estimated at well over $100,000.00.
If you have any information on who may be responsible for this reckless act, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. You can also go on line to report your anonymous tip at www.p3tips.com.
On October 4th, 2021, unknown persons broke into a residence in the 2000 block of Lakeshore Road in Sarnia. Once the culprits were inside, the thieves stole jewelry, Nintendo Switch with games, prescription medication, tools, foreign currency, several watches, gift cards and several gold collectable coins. This break-in occurred sometime between 7 45 AM and 4 pm. Items left behind are being processed for fingerprints. See below for a photo of the coins.
Also on the same day, sometime between 1230 pm and 2:30 pm, someone broke into another home in the 1600 block of Lakeshore Road. Stolen at this residence was jewelry, jewelry boxes, a purse, headphones, linens, including several pillows. These crooks left muddy footprints behind. There had been heavy rainfall on this day.
These incidents occurred during daylight hours. Someone in the must have seen something. Do you live in this general area? Do you have video surveillance on your house? If so, have a look at your cameras. This area would be between Modeland Road and Telfer Side Road, covering both the south and north sides of Lakeshore Road. It is an approximate area of 3 kilometers. Did you see anyone on the Howard Watson Nature Trail that day? Do you live on any of the side streets off of Lakeshore Road: Hardick, Donalda, Lakeland, Clarendon, Forest, Pineridge Trail? Give police a call if you have any further information that might be helpful in solving these crimes.
All of the stolen items have much sentimental value to the owners. Do the right thing to help these victims get their property back. Call Sarnia Police Service or call Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go on line at www.p2tips.com. You could be eligible for a cash reward!
All residents of Lambton County are encouraged to consider this opportunity, and we are particularly looking forward to applicants from Lambton County’s smaller communities.
Additionally, Crime Stoppers would like to hear from young professionals within our community who are keen to help make Sarnia-Lambton
a safer place for all.
One of the primary functions of the volunteer Board Members is to raise funds & increase awareness of the Crime Stoppers program throughout the Sarnia & Lambton County.
Our Board strives to make volunteering an enjoyable experience within an environment of like-minded community members where your experience and skills are put to good use.
Helping All Communities Stay Safe
The foundation of Crime Stoppers remains the partnership between the community, law enforcement and media. Crime Stoppers works to educate the public and create awareness on illegal activities in an effort to help promote the Canadian values of safety, empowerment and inclusion.
We are looking for individuals who:
In addition to the qualifications outlined above, Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers is also seeking candidates with skills and experience in:
Contact us at our office 519-344-8861 ext 5204 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about this opportunity.
Sarnia Police Criminal Investigations Branch is currently investigating an incident of suspected animal abuse. This cruel incident occurred near the area of Confederation Street and Trudeau Drive on September 7, 2021.
Two male suspects need to be identified and located and the information you provide to Crime Stoppers could help the investigators solve this incident and possibly get you a reward. If you recognize these individuals, please contact us.
Animals are voiceless and there is Provincial and Federal Legislation that help afford animals protection from abuse. Do the right thing and contact Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go on line and submit your tip at www.p3tips.com. You do not need to identify yourself as Crime Stoppers is a completely anonymous program.
LOOKING FOR OWNER OF URN AND ASHES
On Saturday, September 11, 2021,around 10:30 AM, Sarnia Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Confederation Street. The business owner at this location found an unusual item on the property. It was turned over to the police.
A local funeral home was contacted and with their help the item found was confirmed to be an urn containing the ashes of someone’s loved one. A picture is attached, hoping that someone can identify it and it can be returned to the owner. The urn is black with a multi coloured flower design on one side and trimmed in gold. There is a Japanese symbol stamped in red on the bottom of the urn.
Where and how it was stolen remains a mystery at this time.
If you can help to identify the owner of this precious item, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go on line to report your tip at www.p3tips.com. You will not have to identify yourself and you could be eligible for a cash reward.
Do the right thing here and call!