Police beat: Would-be thieves register fail during commercial break-in

ERIN – Police are looking for help to identify the individuals who broke into a commercial business here and tried unsuccessfully to open a safe.

On Oct. 1 at about 1pm Wellington County OPP responded to a report of a break-in on Main Street in the village of Erin.

Police say that sometime between 3:45 and 4:15am two suspects used a ladder to gain access to a second storey window of a business.

“Once inside, suspects rummaged thru the office and unsuccessfully attempted to pry open the safe,” police stated. “Nothing appears to have been stolen.”

Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at www.csgw.tips.

Booze bandit

FERGUS – Police are trying to identifying a person captured on video surveillance stealing alcohol from the LCBO on Parkside Drive in Fergus.

Police say that on Sept. 26 at about 7:25pm a man entered the LCBO, went to the back of the store and placed nine bottles of alcohol worth more than $900 in a laptop bag.

The man approached the checkout and purchased one bottle of alcohol prior to leaving the store.

Witnesses describe the man as white, wearing dark jeans, a black jacket, white collared shirt and black leather shoes.

Anyone who can identify the man (above) can contact the Wellington County OPP or Crime Stoppers.

Steroids at RIDE

PUSLINCH – On Aug. 22 at about 11pm, Wellington County OPP officers were conducting a RIDE program  on Gore Road here near Cambridge.

Police say officers spoke to the driver of a brown pickup truck and observed a quantity of suspected illicit drugs.

David Paniagula Roncero, 31, of Cambridge, was charged with illegally obtaining a Schedule IV substance (anabolic steroids) and failing to comply with a probation order.

He was to appear in Guelph court on Sept. 27.

Cybercrime awareness

ORILLIA – October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, which OPP officials say is the perfect time to  raise awareness about cybercrime and its negative impact.

Cybercrime occurs when technology is used to carry out criminal offences such as fraud, identity theft, cyberbullying and child exploitation; or when technology is the target of the criminal offence, such as the disruption of computer systems through ransomware or Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks.

This October, the OPP 2019 Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign will focus on four themes: how cyber threats work and how they affect you, how to protect yourself online, reporting fraud and scams, and preventing cyber threats.

If you or someone you know suspects they have been a victim of digital or online cybercrime, contact local police service, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or p3tips.com.

For tips and links, follow the OPP on social media.