Amherstburg Police Service

Alleged fraud occurs at local bank


Security footage shows an alleged suspect at Scotiabank Feb. 8. The person allegedly defrauded the bank out of over $1,000. (Photo submitted by the Amherstburg Police Service)

The Amherstburg Police Service is investigating an alleged fraud at a local bank.

Scotiabank reported last week that an unknown man came into the branch and had done a quick change scam and defrauded the bank out of over $1,000.  It occurred at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8.  His photo is above and he was last seen walking west on Richmond St.

Amherstburg police state that cashiers at any type of business should pay close attention, especially when they feel that the customer is trying to distract them or if they are being asked to change a large quantity of bills.


Trespassing   The Amherstburg Police Service received several complaints about snowmobilers trespassing in numerous areas of town.  Snowmobilers should only be travelling on the shoulder of the roadways or on property that they have permission to be on.


Outstanding warrant   A 59-year-old Amherstburg male was arrested on an outstanding Windsor Police warrant for uttering threats and theft under $5,000 when he attended the police station in Amherstburg for an unrelated issue.


Stats   Amherstburg police report that there were 53 traffic-related charges for the week.


—All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Council keeping policing meeting at town hall



By Ron Giofu


Despite talk that the policing decision would be made at another, larger venue, town council has ultimately decided to keep the meeting at town hall.

The town will vote on whether to keep the existing Amherstburg Police Service or contract out policing to the Windsor Police Service Monday night but the decision will be made in the council chambers. While the idea had been floated to move the meeting to a larger venue, town hall was decided by council members to be the place to hold the meeting.

Councillor Leo Meloche raised the issue at the Feb. 12 council meeting as to whether the town was considering an alternate location. CAO John Miceli said administration was not looking for another location and that it would be up to town council to make that decision.

Meloche made a motion to have the meeting moved but Councillor Rick Fryer stated that while he understood the concern, he believed town hall would still be the best location.

“This is where decisions are made,” Fryer said of the council chambers.

Fryer added that he believed the meeting would be “much easier” to control if it were held at town hall rather than moving the meeting elsewhere.

“At the Libro Centre, it would be very hard to (control the meeting),” stated Fryer.

Meloche withdrew his motion and the town decided to keep the Feb. 26 meeting at town hall. The meeting is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m.

Amherstburg police reminding people to stay off private property after snowfalls


The Amherstburg Police Service are again reminding snowmobile operators to stay off of private property unless permission is gained from the land owner.

Police say there were seven calls over the past week of snowmobile operators trespassing on farmland and other private properties. Amherstburg police remind the public that if crops or other property is damaged, the snowmobile operator could face charges.

Also, police responded to several accidents where drivers slid off the road and into ditches. Amherstburg police remind motorists to slow down and adapt to road conditions when winter weather hits.


Trespassing – The Amherstburg Police Service is investigating a break-and-enter that was reported last Thursday evening at the former St. Bernard School. Police say a person tending to the building found that a door was forced open. Nothing was taken from the building, police say, adding that people can still be charged with such offences as trespassing and mischief if caught breaking into buildings like the former elementary school.

Accident – Amherstburg police issued a seven-day license suspension to a 24-year-old Windsor man following a single vehicle accident Sunday around 6 a.m. The accident occurred on Concession 5 North.


Theft – Amherstburg police state a theft from a vehicle was reported last Wednesday around 3:10 p.m. A vehicle owner who parked in the 400 block of Sandwich St. S. reported a handicapped permit was stolen from the vehicle. Police are reminding people to lock their vehicles when the vehicle is unattended.


Fraud – Amherstburg police are conducting an investigation into an ongoing fraud that was reported in the 300 block of McLeod Ave. Police say the allegations centre around false pretenses over contracting work being done at the home. The investigation is still ongoing, police say.


Stats – The Amherstburg Police Service issued 22 provincial offence notices over the past week. There were also 12 911 hang-up calls and six alarm calls that police responded to.


-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Suspect arrested in connection with Lynn’s Variety robbery


The Amherstburg Police Service has arrested and charged a 27-year-old man in connection with the Feb. 5 robbery at a local convenience store.

The accused, an Amherstburg resident, was arrested without incident about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6. He was charged with robbery and wearing a disguise with intent to commit and indictable offence.

Video from Lynn’s Variety shows a male suspect during a mid-afternoon robbery Monday.

Amherstburg police were dispatched to Lynn’s Variety Feb. 5 at 3:22 p.m. for the robbery that had just occurred. According to police, the lone male was wearing a ski mask and allegedly approached the clerk and handed over a note demanding money. The clerk gave the suspect a quantity of cash and the suspect fled on foot. Police told the RTT Tuesday morning that the suspect left the scene and went on foot southbound on George St.

Through investigation, the suspect was arrested a day later.

If anyone has information relevant to the investigation, they are encouraged to contact police at 519-736-3622, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at

Amherstburg police investigating variety store robbery



The Amherstburg Police Service is investigating a robbery at a local variety store.

Police were called to Lynn’s Variety on Richmond St. Monday around 3:20 p.m. for a report the store had been robbed. Police say male suspect made off with “a sum of money” and was last seen fleeing on foot southbound down George St.

The alleged suspect is described as male, in his 20’s, roughly 5’7” in height and wearing a black balaclava, black coat and black pants.

Video from Lynn’s Variety shows a male suspect during a mid-afternoon robbery Monday.

There were no injuries and police add there was no weapon seen. The male allegedly demanded the cash, received it and fled on foot.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Amherstburg Police Service at 519-736-3622 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477) or



Theft   Amherstburg police report a theft from a vehicle last Wednesday in the 7000 block of Birdie St. in McGregor. Gift cards were reported stolen from the vehicle. Amherstburg police are again reminding people to ensure their vehicles are locked and that anything of value is removed from them.


Attempted fraud   Amherstburg police are warning residents to be careful after an attempted fraud was reported last Thursday night. Police say around 7:40 p.m., they received a call from a resident who had computer work done and received a large refund from the alleged computer company. The company asked that the person go back to the bank and send back the money. Police say the local resident did not lose any money as he contacted police before anything was lost.

Police add that companies would not issue refunds for money that wasn’t paid and that the alleged refunds the company issued would likely have been fraudulent and simply used to trick someone into actually sending money in return.


Mischief   A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Richmond St. and Sandwich St. S. resulted in a youth from LaSalle charged. The male youth was charged with failing to stop at a red light. There were no injuries, police say.


Mischief   A business in the 200 block of Sandwich St. S. suffered damage after a suspect or suspects climbed onto the business’ roof. A roof vent was reportedly damaged, Amherstburg police states.


Warrants   A 20-year-old male was arrested for outstanding warrants Monday afternoon. The accused was arrested on Murray St. around 3:50 p.m.


-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service