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Guelph Police Reports - December 05, 2013

Web posted on December 05, 2013

Paper counterfeit $20 notes: the public and retailers need to be vigilant

The Guelph Police Service is reminding the public and retailers to pay close attention to the bank notes they receive. A number of counterfeit $20 notes from the most recent series of paper bank notes (with the metallic stripe) have been passed in the Guelph area over the last few weeks.

As always, we are advising retailers and the public to check two or more security features. These $20 counterfeits can be easily detected when compared with a note that you know is genuine. All denominations in this series have the same security features.

Once you know how to check the features on one note, you know how to check any denomination. It takes only minutes to learn how and a few seconds to check your money. Checking cash is a quick and reliable deterrent to counterfeiting.

This series of paper bank notes has reliable security features to verify, including: Metallic stripe tilt the note back and forth. The numbers and maple leaves change colour. Raised ink feel for the thicker ink on the large number, the shoulders of the portrait and the text: "BANK OF CANADA ● BANQUE DU CANADA"; Ghost image hold the bill up to the light and look through it. A small watermark of the portrait appears; Security threads hold the bill up to the light and look through it. The dashes on the back of the note become a solid line.

Training materials on counterfeit detection are available by calling the Bank of Canada's toll-free number at 1888513-8212. Materials can also be downloaded from the Bank's website at

If you come across a bank note you believe to be counterfeit, please contact your local police.


Thefts from motor vehicles

The Guelph Police have received multiple reports of thefts from cars over the last few days. Police received three reports from one Gordon Street South parking lot during the day time on December 4. In those incidents, purses were stolen from unlocked cars.

In another incident, in the area of Kortright Road by the Hanlon, a vehicle had a window smashed and a cell phone and wallet stolen. Other locations reporting thefts from cars include Baxter Street, Burke Court, Summerfield Drive and Mountford Drive.

This crime is easily avoided by locking your cars and by keeping valuables out of sight or removed from your vehicle. If you do fall victim to this crime, please report using the Guelph Police CopLogic online reporting system. You can find this on the Guelph Police website -


Thefts of purses from grocery carts

The Guelph Police have received two recent reports of thefts of purses from a grocery store on Eramosa Road. The first incident occurred on November 25 and the second on December 3. In both incidents, female shoppers left their purses on the shopping cart while selecting items from the shelves. A male suspect, believed to be the same in each incident, grabbed the purses and fled the store.

Description of suspect:
Extremely thin white male, approximately 50 to 60-years-old, approximately 5'9" to 5'10", bushy white/grey hair, bushy white/grey moustache with white/grey scruff, wearing a black baseball hat, glasses, blue jeans, and a red hoodie under a light grey/navy blue winter coat (sleeves/front/back are navy blue, shoulders/hood are light grey).

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the Guelph Police at 519-824-1212 ext. 7241. Anonymous tips can be left at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at

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