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Perth County OPP Reports - December 09, 2013

Web posted on December 09, 2013

VAN STOLEN WHILE WARMING-UP

(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON) - On Sunday 08 December 2013 at 8:40 a.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were contacted by a Napier St. resident in Mitchell who reported that their minivan had just been stolen.

The Black 2005 Chrysler Town and Country minivan with Ontario licence plates 146SBS had been left running in the driveway to warm-up. Investigation revealed that a light grey Grand Marquis type vehicle with numerous occupants drove past the victim's residence two times.

When it drove by a third time it stopped and a male passenger exited. The male walked towards the minivan, entered it, and drove it away. The older sedan and the minivan were last seen driving west bound on Huron St (Hwy 8).

The Perth County OPP would like to speak to anyone with information about this theft, the ownership of the Grand Marquis type vehicle, or the whereabouts of the minivan. The Perth County OPP can be contacted at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Residents are urged to always lock their vehicles when leaving them unattended and to use a second key to lock the vehicle when leaving it running to warm-up.

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STOLEN CAR RECOVERED, FEMALES ARRESTED

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON) - On Friday December 06, 2013 shortly after 10 a.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to the Listowel Zehrs store parking lot, where two suspicious females had been observed changing their appearance.

Police located the two females and recovered stolen property in their possession. The Volkswagen Jetta they had been driving was stolen from Mount Forest on Thursday December 05, 2013.

Terry SPEARS (41) of Wellington North Twp. has been charged with "theft under $5,000", "fail to comply with probation", "disguise with intent", and "possession of property obtained by crime". She will be appearing in Stratford bail court on Tuesday 10, 2013 to answer to these charges.

Pamela SCHIECKOFF (37) of Wellington North Twp. has been charged with "possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000", "possession of a schedule I substance Methamphetamines", and "possession of schedule II substance-cannabis marijuana under 30 grams". She has to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Listowel on Wednesday January 15, 2014 to answer to these charges.

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PICKUP TRUCK ROLLS, DRIVER CHARGED

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON) - On Friday December 06, 2013 around 6:11 p.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a single vehicle crash along Perth Line 86 east of Road 140.

Investigation indicated that a GMC pickup truck had left Perth Line 86, entered a field north of the roadway and rolled, landing upright on its wheels. The male driver of the pickup was transported to local hospital where he was examined and released.

Inside the vehicle a small amount of suspected marijuana was located.

Shawn HOEFLER (28) of Woolwich Twp. has been charged with "dangerous operation of a motor vehicle", and "possession of a schedule II substance-cannabis marijuana under 30 grams". He is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Listowel on Wednesday January 29, 2014 to answer to these charges.

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TIME SHARE OWNER SCAMMED

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON) - On Saturday 07 December 2013, the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was contacted by a Perth East resident who reported losing $7,000 to fraudsters.

Investigation revealed that the victim was the owner of a time share which he purchased twelve years ago for $25,000 The time share company he deals with is based in the Dominican Republic and he pays them $350 a year as a maintenance fee. Approximately two months ago the victim received a call from someone purporting to be representing the time share company asking if he wanted to sell his time share.

The victim agreed to this and shortly thereafter received a call advising his timeshare had been sold for $24,500 Since that time he has been contacted by several persons demanding that money be wired to the Dominicans to pay taxes and other fees associated to the selling of time shares. Calls were also received from persons claiming to be FBI agents who threaten to come to Ontario to arrest the victim if no funds are paid.

A check by police determined that this was a "time share resale scam" and that there are numerous similar complaints reported to police all over North America. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has been advised of this incident.

Time share owners can safeguard themselves by being wary of unsolicited offers to sell their timeshares. Don't agree to anything on the phone or online until you have thoroughly researched the reseller. Do not pay fees upfront to get your timeshare sold. Use a company that offers to sell for a fee after the timeshare is sold.


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