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Media Release - 29 January 2009

Break & Enter

Belleville, Ont. ? On January 25th, 2009, at approximately 330p.m., police responded to a call of a suspicious person at a Sidney Street address.Police arrived on scene and confirmed break and enter at a residence on Sidney Street.

The suspect was described as having a goatee, wearing a heavy dark jacket and riding a bicycle, was still in the area.

Officers observed a male matching the description on Sidney Street riding a bike.The suspect got off his bike and began to run through back yards in the area of Sidney Street and Wilkins Street. A short foot pursuit ensued and the male was arrested by police in the rear of a Sidney Street residence.

Charged with Break & Enter and Theft Under is James SMITH, 29 years old, from the City of Belleville. SMITH has been remanded into custody with a February 5th, 2009 court date.

Attempt Break & Enter

Belleville, Ont. ? On January 26th, 2009 at approximately 11p.m., police responded to the area of Station Street regarding an Attempt Break & Enter at the Station Square Market Convenience Store and a near by resident.

An eyewitness reported that 5 to 6 youths, 12 to 14 years and all dressed in black were trying door handles in attempts to gain entry.

The youths were scared off as police arrived on scene. The youths were last seen running eastbound on Station and then south on Bleecker Ave. Police were met by the occupant of one of the residents who was woken up by a loud bang as the youths attempted to break into his home.

Police were unable to locate the youths at that time. The incident is still under investigation.

Bail Violation
 
Belleville, Ont. ? On January 25th, 2009, at approximately 7:30a.m., police stopped a vehicle north bound on Cannifton Road. The driver, an 18 year old male, was on an Undertaking with conditions not to communicate with a 17 year old female.

This same female was found to be a passenger within the same vehicle. The male, from Oxford Mills, Ontario was charged with Fail to Comply with an Undertaking and subsequently released with a March court date.

Theft & Mischief

Belleville, Ont -Belleville Police are investigating two separate incidents of Mischief and Theft to parking meters on Pinnacle Street.

The first incident occurred on January 23rd, 2009, as officers observed that four City parking meters along Pinnacle Street had been smashed open and their cash boxes removed.

The second incident occurred overnight on January 27th, 2009, again on Pinnacle Street, where 24 City parking meters were smashed open and their cash boxes stolen.

City Parking Authority officialshave confirmed that the mischief caused to the 28 cast aluminum parking meters have rendered them damaged beyond repair and will have to be replaced at a cost of approximately $56,000.00.

The incident is still under investigation.

Fraud

Belleville, Ont -On January 25th, 2009, at approximately 3p.m., police were dispatched to Wal-Mart regarding an adult, male shoplifter. The investigation revealed a male within the store removed a UPC code sticker from a shoe box and place it on another shoe box. The suspect proceeded to the self checkout aisle, where he purchased the shoes for a lesser value than what the actual shoes were worth.

The actual cost of the items purchased would have been $67.61, however, the sticker placed on that box was for $15.74. Therefore, this male had defrauded Wal-Mart for an amount of $51.87.

A 26 year old Quinte West man was charged with Fraud Under and released with a March 2009 court date.

Fraud

Belleville, Ont ?On January 24th, 2009, police received reports of Fraud(s) from various businesses within the North Front and Bell Blvd area. All incidents are related to a theft of a wallet reported to police on January 21st, 2009. A credit card was removed from the stolen wallet and used in various locations before the card could be cancelled.

Suspects used the stolen card and purchased $140 worth of product at the Old Navy in the Quinte Mall. They then went to Best Buy Electronics store and spent $2,485.08 buying a TV. After that suspects went to Future Shop where the card was immediately declined.

The female suspect is described as having a darker complexion, approximately 30 years of age, and was seen entering Best Buy with a male party. Both parties exited Best Buy and got into what appeared to be a grey Ford Focus - unknown plate.

These incidents are still under investigation.

Mischief

Belleville, Ont ?On January 27th, 2009, police received reports of Mischief on Sunningdale Drive. Three homes were hit with paint balls between 6:30p.m., and 6:45p.m., while investigating these incidents police learned that all three also had their mail boxes damaged the night before.

These incidents are still under investigation.

If you have any information regarding these incidents, please call the Belleville Police Service at 966-0882 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS.