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With heavy hearts and strong resolve, Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers presents two very tragic incidents as the Crimes of the Week.
On Saturday, January 23, 2021 the Sarnia Police launched a homicide investigation after 66 year old Sue Elin LUMSDEN was found dead at her home on Essex St in Sarnia. This was the third homicide in Sarnia since the first of the year.
Police continue to aggressively pursue all leads in this investigation in their attempts to identify the suspect(s) responsible for this homicide.
Tragedy struck again just a few days later when on January 26th, the Sarnia Police began yet another homicide investigation. In this incident, the body of 62 year old Allen SCHAIRER was found in a home on Devine St in Sarnia.
As a result of an intense investigation, Police have arrested BOTH suspects wanted for 1st degree murder in this case.
At Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers, we recognize that this type of violence is an anomaly for Sarnia. Crime Stoppers takes their role in these investigations very seriously. In the hopes of generating quality tips and leads for investigators to follow up, Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers is DOUBLING the maximum reward – to $4,000.00 for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s) involved in Sue Elin LUMSDEN’s death on Essex St.
If you have any information about either one of these homicides call us a 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or submit a tip online at www.p3tips.com
BOTH METHODS ARE ALWAYS ANONYMOUS and you may be eligible for a reward.
Sarnia Police are cautioning the public to be vigilant but not to panic in the wake of multiple murders this month. Residents have been reminded to lock their doors and windows and make sure outdoor lighting is working.
Gift Card Scams
Once again, Police continue their efforts in trying to investigate scams and frauds occurring over various social media buy and sell websites. These include Market Place and Varage Sale among others.
Recently, Sarnia Police Service investigated a “scam” where someone bought a $1500 gift card on one of these platforms. The gift card was for a big box store. The victim paid $1200 for the card. A pretty good deal! After purchase, the victim arrived at the business and very quickly, and shockingly learned, the gift card was worth only $10.
Cash transactions, no paper trail, arrangements made to purchase in “other locations” make these investigations very difficult to actually investigate. The gift Card being purchased by the victim may even be stolen and actually worthless. Often times these scams prey on the more vulnerable sector of society, especially the elderly. The holiday season is the most common time when people buy gift cards. It is an easy gift which can be quite useful to many.
Protect yourself from these types of crimes. Buy the card directly from the retailer. The scam generally offers a high price card at a much lower price making it very appealing to the purchaser. Common sense would indicate “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is”.
If you have any information that would lead to the arrest of individuals responsible for these types of scams, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or on line at www.p3tips.com.
Kijiji Rental Frauds
Sarnia Police Service along with the other police agencies are frequently investigating frauds involving rental properties offered on the popular Kijiji website. These cases involve fraudsters who steal your identity along with your money. The ads will ask for proof of potential renter identification then a security deposit to hold the property. The identification is used to commit further crimes and the deposit money is lost forever.
Never submit any form of identification before you actually see the property. Does the property actually exist, is it actually available for rent or is it already occupied? Is it “for sale” on another website and the fraudster has just copied the photos on the rental ad?
Recently, the Sarnia Police together with the Ontario Provincial Police were involved in one of these investigations where the “would be” renter was scammed of approximately $500 and the piece of identity presented for the rental application was used to commit other frauds within the province. Often, people will lose a far greater amount of money in these scams. Investigators have learned that many of these crimes stem from far reaching, overseas countries and criminal charges are almost impossible to be processed.
Before applying to rent one of these properties, ask if you can see the property before you submit any identification or money. If it is not possible for you to view the place, you need to ask why? Is the landlord from out of town? Do the pictures look professional and realistic? Ask for address of the property. Do you have a friend in the area that can drive by. Google the address. This may lead to further information and history about the property.
Be very wary of ads asking for sensitive information about you. Be wary of landlords asking for deposits via wire transfers or pre-paid debit cards. Do not become a victim of these very popular SCAMS.
If you have information about people committing these types of crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
December 28 of 2020 marks the 19th anniversary of the murder of then 22 year old Robert RAYMOND. He was fatally stabbed at about 2:25 a.m. on December 28, 2001 when a fight broke out in the parking area behind the Border Club which was at that time located at 494 N. Christina Street in Sarnia.
Robert RAYMOND was among a very large crowd of people who were just leaving the Border Club and the rear parking lot was crowded with patrons from the bar. He had just grabbed a bite to eat from a vendor in the parking lot and was going to get into a waiting car when he spotted the ongoing disturbance nearby and approached the fight scene. Minutes later, Robert RAYMOND was stabbed by an unknown assailant and he died almost instantly.
The Sarnia Police launched an intensive and far reaching investigation. Several hundred statements were taken from patrons of the bar that night. Many of them were 19 & 20 year olds who had returned home from school for the holiday break.
Police recovered the knife believed to be the weapon used in this homicide and they are still hopeful that there are witnesses who know more about the incident. It is widely believed that somebody actually knows who is responsible. Secrets like this are hard to keep.
If you have information or know of anyone who may have information about this incident, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS)
Crime of the Week – House Fire on Maria St in Sarnia
The Sarnia Police are asking for help from the public in identifying the person(s) responsible for the house fire on Maria St last Sunday morning (December 20th). The house and contents were completely destroyed and it appears that the fire was deliberately set.
If you have any information that may assist the Sarnia Police and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office in their investigation, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or submit your tip online at www.p3tips.com
Remember… “Any Crime – Anytime” Call Crime Stoppers with your tip. You’ll remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward.
Lock It Or Lose It
“Tis the season”. The best way to avoid being the victim of a crime is to take precautions by protecting yourself, your property and your valuables. The Annual Lock It or Lose It campaign has kicked off in communities across the province, Sarnia included. Whether is a busy shopping parking lot, your driveway or a workplace, leaving a vehicle unlocked or valuables in plain sight makes your car and easy target for those criminals seeking out a “crime of opportunity”. Do your job, don’t help them with theirs.
Valuables such as a GPS, mobile devices, laptops and wallets are common items taken from unlocked vehicles. However, shopping bags, especially at this time of year, are open invitations for thieves.
Here are some useful tips for ensuring your home and your vehicles are protected from being victimized by these criminals:
Never leave your vehicle running or unattended
Always lock your vehicle, keys in your pocket
Park in well-lit areas
Never leave valuables in plain sight. Place shopping bags in the trunk or rear area, covered up
Roll up windows and lock all doors
Keep registration and insurance certificates on your person
Don’t advertise what Santa brought. When putting garbage at curb, fold boxes inside out
Keep garage and shed doors closed and locked
Leave lights on when not at home
Report anything suspicious. Tell your neighbours if you are going to be away for a period of time
Report all thefts, big or small. Your report may be taken over the phone but that report will help officers on patrol to concentrate in areas where frequent thefts or suspicious activity is occurring. When documents are taken, criminals can assume identities, secure credit card accounts and participate in other fraudulent activities. Victims may not realize they have been victimized until it is too late, costing them time and money to rectify the damage.
Taking these extra initiatives may help you from being the victim of a crime.
Call Crime Stoppers if you know who may be responsible for any type of crime. You will remain anonymous and me be eligible to receive a cash reward. Call 1-800-222-8477 or go on line at www.p3tips.com (http://ww.pstips.com)
Another perfect reason why you should sign on to the Sarnia Police Security Camera Registry.
On Monday, November 30, 2020 at approximately 3:50 pm, a male attended a residence in the 300 block of London Road and removed a package from the front porch of a residence. The package had been delivered earlier by a courier service. The suspect’s image was captured on a camera that was installed at the home.
On Saturday December 5, 2020 a male suspect attended the 100 block Euphemia Street and removed a garden tool from one home then attended a second residence nearby and removed a small item from a front porch table. The second residence had a camera which recorded the suspect removing the small item.
It is believed the same suspect attended the same home on Euphemia on December 8th, shortly after 6 pm and took some barbeque utensils that were on the porch but not close enough to set off the camera. The home owner was home at this time and believes the suspect to be the same person that was there on December 5th.
This suspect may be responsible for four thefts from three different residences.
If you recognize this person or have any information that could help to identify the suspect, please contact Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com.
Just when it seems like so many choices are being made for us… like wearing a mask, social distancing, restaurant restrictions etc, one choice remains constant… How to get home after consuming alcohol or drugs is always a choice that is up to you.
You may have already noticed that the Sarnia Police and Lambton OPP have started their R.I.D.E. Programs throughout Sarnia and Lambton County.
In an effort to keep Sarnia-Lambton roads safe from impaired drivers, Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers is proud to support these local R.I.D.E. Programs. The Program’s strategy is to take alcohol and drug-impaired drivers off the roads.
We urge citizens to always plan ahead by
There is never an excuse for impaired driving! Have a plan. Failure to plan is just a plan to fail.
And if you see a suspected impaired driver, do us all a favour and call 9-1-1. Report it.
You may be saving a life.
On November 25th, 2020, two males attempted to gain entry into a car wash coin machine on London Road in Sarnia. They tried to cut open the coin box by using a portable oxy acetylene cutting torch but were unsuccessful.
One suspect wore beige overalls with a black sweater or coat underneath. He had a grey hood and he held up a large blue blanket to give cover to the 2nd suspect who did the cutting with the torch. This 2nd suspect was dressed in all black clothing including a hooded coat.
Later the same night, suspects used a cutting torch to attempt to break into an ATM machine at a banking vestibule on Confederation St. They were unsuccessful in this attempt as well.
These attempted thefts are believed to involve a black Chevrolet pickup truck that was stolen a couple of nights earlier.
Check out the video surveillance footage at https://youtu.be/pWXari-GKnc
If you have any information that may assist the police in these investigations, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477)
You could earn a cash reward. All calls are anonymous and you’ll never have to go to court. Make the call and make some money!
The Sarnia Police Service and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a series of house fires over a two night period earlier this week.
Early Monday morning (November 2nd) firefighters responded to a townhouse on fire in the 400 block of Kathleen Ave at about 2:30 AM. Shortly after that, at about 4:30 AM another home was reported on fire in the 600 block of Rayburne Ave – less than 2km north of the first fire.
The Rayburne Ave fire completely destroyed the home and caused significant damage to adjacent properties. Nobody was injured in either incident.
The very next night – in the early morning hours of November 3rd, firefighters responded to active structure fires in the townhouses on Lanark Cres in Sarnia. Two units suffered extensive damage and adjacent units were also damaged by the fire. No one was injured in either of these fires.
House fires always have the potential to endanger the lives of the occupants, their neighbours and of course the fire fighters involved in responding to and suppressing the fire.
The origin of these fires is under investigation and multiple agencies are involved in the investigation.
If you have any information that may assist the investigation, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit your tip online at www.p3tips.com