Last week was eventful for Cobourg’s Police Service. They now officially have a new Chief (Paul VandeGraaf) and on 19 August Abigail Amos was sworn in as a regular Constable; she had been a Special Constable since 2017. Her swearing in took place at the Ontario Court of Justice – see photo below. Chief VandeGraaf said “We pride ourselves on hiring the right people for the right job and it was clear that Constable Amos was perfect for the job and we’re proud to have her as a member of our complement.” On August 1st, Abigail completed a grueling 13-week program at the Ontario Police College in Aylmer along with 444 others. On a side note, you may be interested to know that the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony was outgoing Chief Kai Liu and the Cobourg Pipe Band was there and performed.
The Cobourg Police Service now has 35 Sworn officers (including Constable Amos), 20 Special Constables and 14 Volunteer Auxiliary Constables.
In other Police news, communications coordinator Laurie Debattista sends out a weekly report on police activity and there was more happening last week than usual – at least that’s my impression.
Week of August 12 to 18
There were 260 occurrences including; 17 community service calls, 14 police assistance calls, 6 traffic complaints, 2 fraud calls, 17 suspicious person calls, 24 police information calls, 20 property related calls, 6 assault calls, 3 break and enter calls, 8 – 911 calls, 5 liquor license act calls, 16 theft calls, 15 motor vehicle collisions, 6 alarm calls, 4 harassment calls, 4 disturb the peace calls, 2 threats calls, 3 domestic dispute calls, 1 family dispute.
The report details some examples of “calls for service” during the week – I would call them interesting events. The full report is available via a link below but here are some edited highlights:
- At approximately 12:00 pm, officers on patrol in the downtown core located a man sought by the Cobourg Police Service on the strength of an outstanding arrest warrant. 29-year-old Peter James Munro of Cobourg was arrested for failing to comply with probation. Munro was held in custody for a bail hearing.
- At approximately 5:00 pm, 30-year-old Connie Wolters of Lindsay was arrested after attempting to leave a business on Strathy Road with merchandise that was not paid for.
- At approximately 6:30 pm 30-year-old Michael Kitchen of Cobourg was arrested after attempting to leave a business on Strathy Road with merchandise that was not paid for.
- Officers of the Cobourg Police Service and Port Hope Police Service executed a search warrant at a George Street residence. They seized over 8 kilograms of marijuana, 30 grams of fentanyl and additionally, $3,165 in cash. Total value of the seizure is estimated at $102,234. David Beesley, 48 years of age, of Cobourg was charged with a number of drug related offences including trafficking as well as possessing proceeds of property obtained by crime and failing to comply with probation. Co accused, Meghan Angus, 37 years of age, of Cobourg was similarly charged plus possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
- At approximately 10:00 pm police on general patrol in the downtown core observed a 66-year-old man impaired by alcohol. He was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and held in police custody until sober.
- At approximately 3:45 pm, Police went to a west end business and charged an [unnamed] 23-year-old woman who was allegedly stealing. She was then “trespassed from the premise for a period of one year” – whatever that means.
- 32-year-old Cobourg resident Tiffany Bowen was arrested after she attempted to steal a vehicle and “causing mischief” in the full view of witnesses in the east-end of downtown. She was also taken to the Hospital before being released.
- At a traffic stop, the driver and two passengers were arrested for various offences: 45-year-old Steven Baker of Port Hope for breach of undertaking, breach of probation, and possession (of one ounce of cocaine worth $2,800) for the purpose of trafficking. 28-year-old Andrew Stephen of Hamilton Township was arrested for: breach of recognizance X3, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and Possession of Property obtained by crime. And a 17-year-old woman, who cannot be named under the Young Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) was arrested for: Strength of an outstanding arrest warrant, breach of the YCJA, and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
- Just like on August 14, but this time at approximately 3:45 pm, Police went to a west end business and charged an [again unnamed] 23-year-old woman who was allegedly stealing. She was then “trespassed from the premise for a period of one year” – again, whatever that means.
- Police responded to a west end residence after receiving a report of a theft from a vehicle overnight. No damage to the involved motor vehicle was observed but the investigation revealed the vehicle had been left unlocked. There are no suspects at this time. Police have separately asked that people lock their vehicles.
- At approximately 9:30 Officers were dispatched to a residential address in the downtown core after receiving a report of an alleged robbery. Officers spoke with the victim who reported when walking home, he was approached by two unknown women who struck him in the side of the face and attempted to steal his wallet and cigarettes. Investigation continues.
- At approximately 8:50 pm Officers were dispatched to Victoria Park after receiving a report of an alleged assault in progress. Officers attended and spoke with the victim who reported he had been assaulted by a man and woman over an undisclosed issued. The victim sustained minor injuries as a result of the altercation and was subsequently transported by paramedics to Northumberland Hills Hospital for medical treatment. Investigation continues.
- Officers were dispatched to a residential address in the downtown core after receiving a complaint of a bat flying around inside the home. Officers subsequently located and removed the unwanted guest from the residence without incident.
- At about 10:15 am Officers on patrol in the downtown core, located a man wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. 27-year-old Wallace Munro of Cobourg was arrested and charged.
- At approximately 12:15 pm Police went to a business in the west end of Cobourg, regarding an alleged theft from the premise. They found that earlier on this date, an unidentified man exited the store with $55.00 worth of merchandise concealed that was not paid for. Investigation continues.
The highlights indicate that the Police are kept busy, that there are some incompetent criminals around, that they do patrol downtown and that most of the crime is what I would call minor.
- Full Weekly Police report – Issued by Police on 19 August 2019
- New Chief takes the Helm for the Cobourg Police Service – 15 August 2019 – Today’s Northumberland – reports on Change of Command Ceremony
News stories mentioning Abigail
- No alcohol related charges laid during Super Bowl Sunday ride in Cobourg – Feb 4 2018 – Northumberland News
- Local police launch Shop-with-a-Cop project in Cobourg – Dec 22 2017 – Northumberland News