Amherstburg police encouraging vigilance after recent break-ins and thefts



By Ron Giofu


A series of thefts from homes, barns and vehicles is prompting calls from Amherstburg police for people to secure homes and properties and keep their eyes open.

Police logo-web“Police are urging that all garages and vehicles be locked and secured,” said Deputy Chief Pat Palumbo.

If there is any suspicious activity in neighborhoods, whether that be in town or in the rural areas, that should also be reported immediately.

“We’ll gladly come out and investigate,” he said. “We’re asking the public’s assistance in this area and be vigilant and report any activity.”

Palumbo said this time of year is when a lot of people are out at nights attempting to break into things like vehicles, homes and garages so keeping doors and windows locked becomes even more important.

“This is the prime time of the season for vehicles to be entered,” he added.

Amherstburg police will gladly assist in “target hardening” people’s homes, Palumbo stated. There is a “Home Security Self-Audit” brochure people can pick up at the police station as well as calling for more information.

“We need the public to call immediately and not wait,” said Palumbo. “You are not bothering us when you call. It’s what we do.”

The public is also encouraged to keep their properties well lit.

“We urge everyone to put in motion lights, especially at the rear of properties,” the deputy chief stated.

Palumbo added that if people hear suspicious noises, to please report them as well.

There have been a number of recent thefts reported in both the rural section of Amherstburg as well as the urban portion of the community.

A home in the 7900 block of Collison Side Road was entered with the report coming last Thursday. Police say the house was entered through a kitchen window after a screen was cut out. The house was “ransacked,” police say, with an inventory being done on what exactly was taken. Collison Side Road also saw other thefts and break-ins reported mid-week as gas was stolen from a gas can in the 7100 block of that road with a garage entered and gone through at a home in the 7800 block. Another incident saw a shed entered at a home in the 7800 block.

Four shotguns and 22-calibre ammunition were stolen after a garage was entered in the 5600 block of County Road 18, police say. The incident was reported last Wednesday. Eggs were also removed from the garage, which police add saw suspects use bolt cutters to gain entry.

It was also reported last Wednesday that an unlocked barn in the 3200 block of County Road 20 was entered with a chainsaw removed as well as food, fuel and an iPad docking station.

Reported last Thursday were the thefts of two laptops from a home on Scott Dr. Amherstburg police say the estimated value is roughly $2,000. Vehicles and garages were also reported to have been entered along St. James Ct. with items such as change and alcohol reported stolen. St. James Ct. also saw a mischief complaint a few days earlier with eggs and toilet paper thrown at a home.

A home in the 200 block of Kempt St. was broken into the weekend of Aug. 17-18 with over $5,000 in merchandise reported stolen. Items reported missing included alcohol, jewellery, cash, and a CD/radio player. Damage was reported to the home with entry believed to have been gained through a window after screens were removed, police state.

A white, 2000 Dodge pickup was reported stolen from a parking lot at 168 Richmond St. Police state the vehicle was entered through a smashed back window.

A 27-year-old Amherstburg man was arrested and charged after allegedly trying to break into a pickup truck in the Dalhousie St. and Gore St. area. According to police, officers attended the scene and shortly thereafter located a man nearby with injuries to his arm that allegedly “matched the evidence at the scene.” He allegedly was in possession of screwdrivers and knives. The accused was charged with mischief under $5,000, possession of break-in tools and attempted theft of a motor vehicle. Amherstburg police add the accused was also wanted for outstanding warrants out of Windsor.

A total of four vehicles were reported to have been entered in the 1100 block of Front Road North with items such as cash and change removed.

A number of thefts were also reported to police earlier in August including an incident where a 25-year-old Windsor man was charged with possession of stolen property. After roughly $2,500 worth of materials was stolen from a Howard Ave. business in late July, a suspect was arrested in early August as police were doing a follow-up in Windsor. The accused was allegedly found to have scrap wire and other materials that matched the description of the items taken several days earlier and Amherstburg police subsequently charged him. Charges are also pending against a 34-year-old Windsor woman in connection with the incident, police add.

A boat motor valued at $4,000 was reported stolen off a boat parked at a home in the 6100 block of Concession 6 North Aug. 4 while several vehicles were reported to have been entered in the 200 block of Victoria St. S. Aug. 5 time period, with NEXUS cards, passports, CD’s and a GPS unit valued at $160 taken.

If there are people with information on these incidents, they are asked to contact Amherstburg police at 519-736-2252 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477).


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