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8 December 2010Warning - this news article expired on 2011-01-08. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Arrest in Theft of Poppy Boxes
Belleville, Ontario ? Belleville Police Service previously reported that on 31 October, 2010, at two Tim Horton's locations the Poppy Boxes were stolen. As well on 5 November, 2010 another Poppy Box was stolen from one of the previously targeted Tim Horton's.

The male previously mentioned in this investigation was arrested on Tuesday, 7 December, 2010. This 16 year old Belleville male is charged with 4 counts of theft under $5000.00 and will appear in Provincial court on 9 December, 2010.

Impaired Operation of Motor Vehicle
Belleville, Ontario ? On 7 December, 2010 at 7:17 p.m., while on general patrol police observed a red Dodge pickup truck driving erratically on Dundas Street, West. This vehicle was stopped on Dundas Street West near Avondale Road. Further investigation of this led to the arrest of the driver for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle. John Gallant, 33 years has been charged with one count of Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and one count of Operation of Motor Vehicle with more than 80 mgs of Alcohol and will appear in Provincial court on 13 January, 2011.

Public Reminder
With the onset of cold weather and the Christmas shopping season, police are reminding drivers to keep their parcels locked up and out of sight and never leave their vehicle running and insecure.
Taking a few preventative measures and being aware can help keep your holiday season joyous. The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. Please consider the following tips when preparing for the holidays:

  • Stay alert to your surroundings
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • If you carry cash, keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse, ensure it is closed and secured. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, grocery stores and transportation terminals and avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.