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07 March 2014Warning - this news article expired on 2014-04-07. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable



Belleville, Ontario   Members of the Belleville Police Service Criminal Investigations Branch have arrested a 36-year-old city man in relation to several incidents over the past month in which residents have been approached in a suspicious manner.

The arrest comes following four specific incidents in which several members of the public primarily females have been approached in parking lots and asked for either money or rides by an unknown male.


      On February 24, 2014 a male attended the parking lot of a Bell Boulevard business and approached both male and female customers asking for money. The suspect advised that his vehicle had broken down on Highway 401 and he needed money for repairs and/or a bus ticket.

      On February 26, 2014 in the parking lot of a Bell Boulevard business a male was observed approaching several female motorists and requesting a ride.

      On March 6, 2014 outside of a business near the intersection of Bridge and Sidney streets a male approached numerous people asking for money, telling of his dire situation involving car repairs and outstanding bills.

      On March 7, 2014 in the Bell Boulevard parking lot of a business the male approached the driver of a car and asked for money again advising that he needed the funds for a vehicle repair because his car had broken down on Highway 401.

Around 9 a.m. an officer on patrol in the city was able to identify a male suspect, and a subsequent investigation by members of the Criminal Investigations Branch led to the arrest of William Joseph DAGNALL, 36, of Belleville in the parking lot of a Bell Boulevard business.

DAGNALL was charged with Fraud, contrary to Sect. 380(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada. He was released from custody on a Promise to Appear to appear in Court April 17th 2014.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents mentioned is asked to contact Det.-Const. Ann Earle-Dempsey of the Belleville Police Service at 613-966-0882 ext. 2322 or Crime Stoppers at 613-969-8477.