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24th April 2019Warning - this news article expired on 2019-05-24. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

The Belleville Police Service responded to 66 calls between April 23rd 2019 at 5:00 a.m. and April 24th 2019 at 5:00 a.m.

Purse snatcher

Belleville, ON – On April 23rd 2019 at 6:04 a.m., police were called to investigate the theft of a purse from a front porch of a residence in the Moira Street East area.  A female was on her porch when an unknown female approached, had a verbal confrontation with the victim, snatched the purse away and fled toward the area of Cameron Street.  The female suspect was described as wearing blue jeans, a blue-hooded sweater, having dyed red hair, and appeared to have possibly been under the influence of drugs.  Along with the purse, the woman was also carrying a garbage bag.  Police searched the area, but were not able to locate the suspect.  This investigation is continuing.  Police are asking anyone who may have information on the identity of the suspect to please contact investigating officer Cst. Greg Kendall #174 at (613) 966-0882 ext. 4174 or by e-mail at gkendall@police.belleville.on.ca or by calling Quinte Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Break and enters

Belleville, ON – On April 23rd 2019 at 10:45 a.m., police received a report of a break-in to a home in the west end of the city.  A home owner reported to observing her home entered and property missing.  An X-Box controller was taken after an unknown suspect gained entry to the home via a digital lock.  An investigation is continuing.  Anyone with any knowledge of this is asked to please contact investigating officer Cst. Zach DeSousa #184 at (613) 966-0882 ext. 4184 or by e-mail at zdesousa@police.belleville.on.ca or by calling Quinte Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police investigated a second break and enter on Old Highway 2 at 11:12 a.m.  A home owner reported two outside screens to her basement and kitchen windows to have been slashed.  Further investigation revealed nothing appeared to be missing, but the damage was observed.  An investigation into the matter is continuing.  Police are asking anyone who may have information about this to please contact investigating officer Cst. Andrea Boulay #183 at (613) 966-0882 ext. 4183 or by e-mail at aboulay@police.belleville.on.ca or by calling Quinte Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Liquor charge

Belleville, ON – On April 23rd 2019 at 1:42 p.m. an officer on foot patrol in the downtown core area of the city came across an elderly man sipping from a suspected bottle containing liquor.  The officer continued the investigation which resulted in a 71-year old man being charged under the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario and receiving an offence notice for “Consuming liquor in other than licensed premises, residence or private place.”

Dating site fraud

Belleville, ON – On April 23rd 2019 at 2: 29 p.m., police received a report from a retail location in the north end of the city.  An elderly female was assisted by store security in determining that she was about to be the victim of a $1,000.00 attempted fraud.  Police and store security worked diligently in securing the safety of the woman and ensuring that she did not comply with a request to send a money order via Western Union to a Christian Dating website.  Police are continuing the investigation and are asking anyone with knowledge of this, or who may have fallen prey to it to please contact investigating officer Cst. Zach DeSousa #184 at (613) 966-0882 ext. 4184 or by e-mail at zdesousa@police.belleville.on.ca                                                                                                   

Arrested on warrant

Belleville, ON – On April 23rd 2019 at 6:13 p.m. police were called to a bank on Front Street for a report of a suspicious man hanging around the ATM machine.  A worker was also allegedly threatened by the man.  After concluding an investigation, it was revealed the threats to be unfounded, but the 27-year old man, of no fixed address, was arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by a Justice earlier for a criminal charge of “Failing to comply with probation.”  The man was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Belleville Police Service to await a show cause hearing later today.

Robbery investigation

Belleville, ON – On April 23rd 2019 at 9:29 p.m. police were called to a robbery where a man stated a gun was pulled on him.  The man advised officers that while in the west end of the city, a man exited a vehicle, jumped him, pointed a gun at his head and demanded money.  It was alleged that there was another man and a female also involved, wearing hoodies, covering their faces.  The victim informed police he handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the robber, and the suspects then fled.  A motor vehicle was stopped a short time later and persons were identified, however the victim became uncooperative with police.  The people in this vehicle were released unconditionally without charges.  Nobody was injured in this event. The investigation is continuing, and police are asking anyone who may have information about this to please contact investigating officer Cst. Chad Stein #191 at (613) 966-0882 ext. 4191 or by e-mail at cstein@police.belleville.on.ca or by calling Quinte Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

Other assistance

Belleville, ON – Police responded to numerous other calls for assistance throughout the day and night including calls to assist ambulance, suspicious persons and motor vehicles, neighbour and family disturbances, domestic disputes,  other bail violations, traffic complaints, reports of  unwanted persons, and accidental 9-1-1 calls.