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Monday, November 27, 2017

Fire suspect, theft from vehicles, calls for service

The following are news releases issued by the Guelph Police Service:

At approximately 2:15 a.m. today, there was a fire set in a large construction bin on Carden Street. Guelph Fire attended and quickly put out the fire that is estimated to cost $5000 in damages and cleanup.  

The suspect was recorded on video and when police arrived to investigate, the suspect was still in the area and was arrested.

Danny McKinnon, a 50-year-old Guelph was charged with arson later released to appear in court in Jan. 2018.

On the morning of Nov. 26, a Pondview Crescent resident contacted police after a male was confronted and sent on his way when he was seen lingering around a running vehicle in the driveway. That same male then went through the trunk of another vehicle parked in a driveway on the street.  Police arrested the male a short distance away who had property in his possession that was not lawfully issued to him.

The 29-year-old Guelph man was charged with two counts of possession of stolen credit card, attempt theft, possession of counterfeit money and two counts of breach of probation. He was held in custody to appear in bail court.

There were eight incidents reported to police over the weekend where vehicles were entered and wallets, personal papers and personal property was taken.

For the most part, this is a crime that is easily avoided by locking your cars, keeping valuables out of sight or removed from your vehicle and parked in a well-lit and visible area where possible. If you do fall victim to this crime, please report using the Guelph Police CopLogic online reporting system. You can find this on the Guelph Police website under Online Reporting. You can also check out recent theft from car locations by going to our crime mapping page.

On Nov. 26, 2017 between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., a teenage aged female was approached by an unknown male in the area of Downey Road and Ptarmigan Drive. The male began flirting with the girl and asking her questions. He continued to walk with her until she picked up the pace and left him behind her.

The male is described as black, with black curly hair and was in his late teens to early 20s. He was wearing a dark grey hoody.

This is not a criminal investigation but Police would like to identify and speak with this individual.

Please contact Cst. Mike Gatto at 519-824-1212 ext. 7253 or

Over the course of the weekend, the Guelph Police Service responded to 776 calls for service.