Police beat: Drug, theft charges

FERGUS – Two people are facing charges after a shoplifting incident at a business here earlier this week.  

Wellington County OPP officials say police responded to an incident on Tower Street South involving two people on Sept. 11 at 10am.

“Approximately $250 worth of merchandise was reportedly stolen,” police stated in a press release.

“The persons involved were subsequently located at a business on St. David Street North and were arrested. Approximately 30 grams of fentanyl, drug trafficking equipment and the stolen merchandise were located on the involved individuals.”

Benjamin Boddy, 32, of Owen Sound, was charged with theft under $5,000 (shoplifting) and with possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (opioid, other than heroin). 

Blythe Keeshig, 34, of no fixed address, was charged with theft under $5,000 (shoplifting). 

Both are to appear in Guelph court at a later date.  

Teen charged with careless driving

LISTOWEL – A 16-year-old driver from Arthur has been charged by police following a two-vehicle crash in Listowel on Sept. 6.

Perth County OPP, North Perth Fire Department and Perth County Paramedic Services responded to the crash on Elm Avenue North at Inkerman Street East just after 8pm.

According to police, “several people were transported a local hospital with minor injuries.”

Both vehicles involved in the crash were heavily damaged, and a hydro pole was dislodged and leaning against power lines on Inkerman following impact with one of the two vehicles.

The 16-year-old from Arthur has been charged with careless driving, disobeying a stop sign and being a G1 licence holder not accompanied by a qualified driver.

‘Coinage’ stolen

HARRISTON – Wellington County OPP officials are investigating a recent theft from a car wash here.

Sometime between Sept. 3 and 5, someone forced entry to the building and stole “a significant amount coinage,” police say.


GUELPH/ERAMOSA – On Sept. 11 a Wellington County OPP officer located a property that appeared not to be secure on the 7th Line here.

“Further investigation revealed that the residence had been broken into sometime that morning,” police stated in a press release.

“Approximately $4,000 worth of items were stolen including a laptop, cash and a jewelry box.”

Vehicle entries, thefts

CENTRE WELLINGTON – On Sept. 4, Wellington County OPP responded to numerous reports of vehicle entries that morning in Elora. 

Police say vehicles on Stumpf Street, Bricker Avenue, Walser Street and North Queen Street had been entered sometime overnight.

Racing, dangerous driving

GUELPH – A Guelph teen faces a number of charges following a traffic stop here.

On Sept. 3 at about 8:45am, a Wellington County OPP officer monitoring traffic on Silvercreek Parkway North in Guelph saw a silver coupe that appeared to be travelling above the posted 70km/h speed limit. 

Andrew Joseph Baldwin, 18, of Guelph, was charged with racing, failing to wear a seatbelt, driving with a coated windshield/window and dangerous driving. He is to appear in Guelph court at a later date.

Vehicle crashes, leaves

WELLINGTON NORTH – On Sept. 4 at about 12:15am, a Wellington County OPP officer observed signs of a single-vehicle collision on Wellington Road 109 west of Arthur. 

Police say the vehicle involved was no longer on scene but left behind two Honda hub caps, a taillight and a mud guard. Police are looking to identify the vehicle and driver. 

Owner charged after dog bites child

ARTHUR – On Sept. 6, Wellington County OPP responded to a reported animal complaint on Adelaide Street in Arthur. 

“It was reported that a child under 12 was bitten by a dog and required medical attention,” police stated.

A 39-year-old resident of Arthur was charged with failing to prevent a dog from attacking a person and is to appear in Guelph court at a later date.

Campaign results

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Preliminary results from the provincial Labour Day Traffic Safety Campaign in Wellington County reveal:

– 16 seatbelt offences;

– two distracted driving offenders;

– 13 stunt driving charges; and

– 51 non “Big 4” (speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving and wearing safety belts).

“Wellington County OPP are proud to be a contributor in enhancing safety on roadways,” police stated.

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Anyone with information about any of the above incidents can contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or at www.opp.ca/reporting. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at www.csgw.