Police beat: Fraud charge

ERIN – A Brampton man has been charged with defrauding an Erin resident of over $40,000 almost two years ago. 

Wellington County OPP officials say police started a fraud investigation on July 13, 2021 after hearing from a victim who said they transferred about $45,000 to an investment firm but then became suspicious about the transaction.

The OPP, in cooperation with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the Financial Transactions Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, “determined the firm was not a legitimate business,” police say.

Nirupan Pirakaspathy, 20, of Brampton, was charged with fraud over $5,000 and is to in Guelph court on July 14.      

Trailer stolen

ERIN – Wellington County OPP officials are actively investigating a theft on the 3rd Line here.

Police say that sometime between April 4 and May 21, someone stole a white 32-foot, Dutchman Denali fifth wheel camper trailer. 

Any person with information regarding this person should contact the Wellington County OPP or Crime Stoppers.

Assault charges

CENTRE WELLINGTON – On May 8, Wellington County OPP responded to “an address” here.

Police say officers started what they call “an intimate partner violence investigation.”

A 22-year-old resident of Guelph was charged with assault and spousal assault and is to appear in Guelph court at a later date.

Commercial vehicle ‘inspection blitz’

ERIN – Sixteen commercial vehicles were taken off the road last week during a “safety inspection blitz” organized by the Wellington County OPP.

Joined by fellow Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) trained inspectors from Peel Regional Police, Halton Regional Police, York Regional Police, and Guelph Police, as well as inspectors from the Ministry  of Finance, the OPP conducted the May 25 blitz on Wellington Road 124 near Trafalgar Road. 

Police say 61 trucks were inspected, with 16 taken out of service and 81 charges laid. 

“Recently, at least three collisions in the County of Wellington involved CMVs (commercial motor vehicles) that had major defects,” police stated in a press release.

“Operating a CMV with major defects can be extremely dangerous to everyone out on the road. We all play a role in keeping our roadways safe.”