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The Belleville Police Service responded to 63 calls from January 20th 2020 at 5:00 a.m. to January 21st 2020 at 5:00 a.m.

UPDATE – Fatal snowmobile accident

Belleville, ON – City police are continuing an investigation into a fatal snowmobile crash which occurred on January 18th 2020 at 7:25 p.m.  Members of the Traffic Safety Unit and Forensic Identification Services are actively working to find out more about a snowmobile which was northbound on Highway 62 in Prince Edward County, lost control, and crashed shortly after entering the Belleville side of the Norris Whitney Bridge.   Anyone who may possibly have seen the snowmobile traveling, northbound along Highway 62 in Prince Edward County, or over the bridge, or who may possibly have dash-cam video around the date and time of this incident, is asked to please contact investigating officer Sgt. Brad Stitt #121 at (613) 966-0882 ext. 2121 or by mail at:

ORIGINAL RELEASE – Fatal snowmobile accident

Belleville, ON – On the 18th of January at 7:25 p.m. Belleville Police began receiving calls regarding an accident involving a snowmobile on Bay Bridge Rd.  Police, Ambulance and Fire attended the scene and it was found to be a single motor vehicle accident, being the snowmobile.  Preliminary investigation has revealed that the snowmobile was northbound on Hwy 62 in Prince Edward County and lost control shortly after entering Belleville by way of the bay bridge.  Both occupants of the snowmobile, a 52-year-old male and a 39-year-old female were rushed to Belleville General Hospital by ambulance.  The male has been transferred to Kingston General Hospital while the female occupant died while attempts were being made to do the same with her.  The Belleville Police Traffic Safety Unit and Forensic Identification Services were called in to investigate.  Police are appealing to the public for anyone who may have any information regarding the operation of the snowmobile or the accident or anyone who witnessed the snowmobile travelling in the County or in Belleville to contact Sgt. Stitt at

Rental property scam alert

Belleville, ON – On January 20th 2020 at 5:10 p.m., police investigated a fraudulent property rental, where a young community member committed to an e-transfer of #1,350.00. to a non-existent property through an add on Kijiji. This type of crime is becoming popular among scam artists and thieves looking to make quick cash.  Police wish to remind the public about this scam which appears to be growing in the Quinte area.  Digital platforms such as Kijiji and other private sale sites have had false posts being uploaded for rental properties within the community. The victims see that certain, legitimate-appearing addresses are up for rent.  The victim is then misled, and required to e-transfer funds to an e-mail address in order to secure the occupancy of the residence, without actually observing the location or site.  In these cases, the e-mail addresses and the person claiming to be the landlord are fraudulent.  In most cases, these residences are already occupied by legitimate tenants or owners.  People seeking rental units are encouraged to physically attend the residence they wish to rent prior to sending any funds to ensure the legitimacy of the arrangement.  The investigation is continuing, and police are asking anyone who may have information about this particular matter to please contact investigating officer Cst. Dave Johnson #141 at (613) 966-0882 ext. 4141 or by e-mail at: or by contacting Quinte Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

City man arrested for threats

Belleville, ON – On January 20th 2019 at 7:02 p.m., police received a complaint of a man threatening a woman in the Tracey park Drive and Sidney Street area.  An investigation began, and police quickly arrested a 19-year old man on a single count of uttering a threat to cause death.  The man was taken into custody and held at police headquarters for the night.  He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on the afternoon of January 21st for a bail hearing.  Police are withholding the name of the accused in order to protect the identity of the victim.