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OPP Report – May 23rd

OPP Report – May 23rd

OPP LAY CHARGES IN TWO-YEAR FRAUD INVESTIGATION THAT RESULTED IN OVER $489,000 IN LOSSES

10-May-2024 (ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged two individuals following a two-year fraud investigation related to pool installations across the County of Simcoe.

Between February 1, 2022, and November 27, 2023, the OPP received numerous reports of fraud in several detachment areas involving a pool and landscape company. Clients experienced numerous delays and misdirected communications. The clients’ backyards would either be left in disarray with improper installation or, in most cases, the work never started.

Investigations revealed that the accused used the company to defraud more than 16 different clients, amounting to over $489,000 in losses.

Matthew TAYLER, 46-year-old from Barrie, has been arrested and charged with:

Fraud over $5000 – 14 counts

Obtaining by false pretences over $5000 – 14 counts

Mischief over $5000 – 3 counts

Jaime GALIPEAU, 47-year-old from Barrie, has been arrested and charged with:

Fraud over $5000 – 14 counts

Obtaining by false pretences over $5000

Both the accused have been released on an Undertaking and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on June 20, 2024.

The OPP Central Region Fraud Unit, Huronia West Crime Unit, and Southern Georgian Bay Crime Unit are continuing this investigation.

OPP Investigators Seeking Assistance In Solving Mischief to Hydro One Equipment in Georgian Bay Township

10-May-2024(GEORGIAN BAY TOWNSHIP, ON)- Investigators from the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment are seeking assistance from the public after looking into a mischief complaint from May 9, 2024 of firearms being discharged resulting in an estimated $50,000. worth of damage to Hydro One power lines and transmission towers on the trail on the north side of White’s Fall Road, Georgian Bay Township .

WEAPONS AND DRUGS SEIZED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTION IN RELATION TO AGGRAVATED ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

Charges Upgraded to Second Degree Murder

(WASAGA BEACH, ON) – The Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has upgraded the charges against an accused from aggravated assault to second degree murder in the Town of Wasaga Beach.

On February 25, 2024, members of the Huronia West Detachment responded to a report of an unconscious individual in critical condition on Homewood Ave. On March 6, 2024, a search warrant was executed on the accused’s residence. The accused was arrested with ten charges including aggravated assault, and items were seized including weapons and cocaine.

On May 6, 2024, the victim succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced deceased.

After further investigation, on May 8, 2024, David ZAMIDA, 46-year-old of Wasaga Beach, was charged under the Criminal Code (CC) with the following offences:

  • Second Degree Murder, section 235(1)
  • Possession of Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibited Order – Six Counts, section 117.01(1)
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm – Four Counts, section 91(1)
  • Careless Storage of a Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition, section 86(1)
  • Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition – Three Counts, section 92(2)
  • Assault – Two Counts, section 266
  • Fail to Comply Undertaking, section 145(4)

The accused was held for a bail court appearance at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on May 9, 2024.

The Huronia West Crime Unit is continuing this investigation under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

LOCKDOWN AT LOCAL SECONDARY SCHOOL AFTER REPORTS OF A FIREARM.

(ORILLIA, ON) – On May 8, 2024 at about 1:36 p.m. officers of the Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a weapons call at Orillia Secondary School. Information was that a student may have had a firearm at the school.

At 1:38 p.m. officers began arriving on scene and entered the school. The school was placed into lockdown and surrounding schools placed in a hold and secure. Officers then began working with school staff taking steps to ensure the safety of everyone at the school. The investigation led police to a young person who had used a social media application to share a photo of what appeared to be a firearm. The young person was brought into police custody a short time later and the lockdown/hold and secure was lifted. It was determined the object in the photo was not a real firearm, rather a smaller detailed replica of a firearm.

A 14 year-old young person from Orillia has been charged with:

  • Mischief

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia, to answer to the charges at a later date in June 2024.

OPP Arrest Penetanguishene Resident in Connection to LCBO Thefts

(MIDLAND,ON) – Officers from the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment responded at 4:06 p.m. April 29, 2024, to a report of shoplifting at the Jones Road Midland LCBO store resulting in the loss of a quantity of liquor. Video surveillance was obtained and reviewed by the attending officer.

On May 6, 2024 at 3:27 p.m. store staff of the LCBO Jones Road, Midland location contacted police to report another theft and were also able to provide video surveillance of the suspect and through investigation, the suspect person was identified.

On May 7, 2024 officers responded at approximately 2:00 p.m. to an assault complaint at a Rue Richelieu, Penetanguishene residence. Upon identifying the accused in the assault investigation, it was learned that the accused was also responsible for the previously investigated thefts from the LCBO.

Charged in connection to these three incidents is Brieana River CRANE 26 years of Penetanguishene with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Theft Under $5000- SHOPLIFTING (two counts)

Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 – in Canada

Assault

The accused was released from custody to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice  at a future date in June, 2024.

HURONIA WEST OPP ARREST FOUR INDIVIDUALS IN LIMOUSINE CARJACKING INVESTIGATION

08-May-2024 (SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP, ON) – Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested four individuals in relation to a robbery of a limousine in Springwater Township.

On May 4, 2024, at approximately 2:30 a.m., the Huronia West Detachment received a report of a carjacking from the victim, the driver of the limousine. While the vehicle was on route to the destination, the victim was assaulted before the four clients stole the vehicle, leaving the victim on George Johnston Road.

The victim suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital by EMS.

At 4:49 a.m., the vehicle was located on Sunnidale Concession 6 in Clearview Township and the suspects were arrested without incident.

As a result of the investigation, James JAO, 21-year-old from Milton, and three youths were arrested and charged with:

Assault with a weapon

Robbery with violence

Theft of motor vehicle

Administer noxious substance

Possession property obtained by crime over $5000

Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose

The identities of the youths will be withheld under the provision of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

The three youths were released on an undertaking and the fourth accused was held for a bail hearing. The four accused are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood at a later date.

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