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.