We talk about many homeless people having mental health problems, but when you read Police reports about who they have arrested, you have to wonder if many “criminals” are also mentally sick. Often they break probation conditions, drive without a licence or car insurance and flee from police. They are often caught in routine traffic stops – presumably because of suspicious behaviour – then found in possession of drugs or prohibited weapons even while on probation. Why would anyone in their right mind do that? But over the last several days, Cobourg police have been busy catching – then mostly releasing – many of these unfortunate souls. Below is a summary of announcements since Christmas day. We know that police have been busy with other matters (e.g. the stranded VIA passengers) so this is not a list of their activities – just a list of arrests.
On Christmas Day at 9:20 pm, a traffic stop in the area of Elgin Street West caught a 36-year-old Port Hope woman wanted by the Cobourg Police Service on two outstanding warrants including “Flight from Peace Officer”. She was charged with 8 new offences related to the vehicle and having no documentation. She was held for a bail hearing then released with a court date.
December 30, 2022, a food delivery had been stolen off the front porch of a residence (no location provided). Police reviewed video surveillance footage and identified the individual. They then arrested a 28-year-old Cobourg man. One of the charges was “Fail to Comply with Probation”. He was released with a court date.
On Monday, January 2, 2023, at 2:45 pm, police were called to a business on Division Street after receiving a report of a theft in progress. Staff advised police that a woman had stolen merchandise and was last seen walking southbound on Division Street. Police located a woman matching the description provided and arrested her. Since she had some methamphetamine and provided a false name and date of birth she was also charged with “possession of a schedule 1 substance” and “obstruct peace officer”. She was held for a bail hearing.
On Monday, January 2, 2023, at 9:10 pm, police on general patrol conducted a traffic stop on D’Arcy Street and found a Cobourg man “wanted on warrant by another police service and is currently on a weapons prohibition order and probation order.” Cody Puffer (33) was charged with 10 offences including possession of a prohibited device, passion of prohibited drugs, possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime, possession of break in instruments and breach of probation. The accused was released on an undertaking with a future court date (February 8, 2023) and turned over to the police service with the warrant.
On Monday, January 2, 2023, a caller to Police reported that an individual had stolen merchandise from his store on Elgin Street West. But the store had video surveillance which meant that the next day, police arrested a 48-year-old Cobourg man. And guess what – he was also charged with “Fail to Comply with Probation”. He was held for a show cause hearing and was remanded into custody.
Then on December 30 there were RIDE checks at 10:40 pm in the area of Division Street at Station Street that ended up with people being charged:
- A 61-year-old Baltimore man – impaired but also no driver’s licence he “was released on an undertaking with a future court date.”
- Police also charged two drivers with driving while under suspension
- A 34-year-old Baltimore woman was charged with driving under suspension and operating a motor vehicle on a highway with no insurance. The car was towed from the scene.
On December 31, at 1:50 am, police conducted a traffic stop. As a result of the police investigation, a 49-year-old Gores Landing man was charged with driving while under suspension and improperly displaying his licence plate and having no permit. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
Then on January 3 at 11:10 am, police were called to the area of Elgin Street East for a report of a driver unconscious in a vehicle in a parking lot. Police located an individual in the driver’s seat with the vehicle running. A 31-year-old Harwood man was arrested but later released on an undertaking with a future court date.
But one woman seems to have had second thoughts. On Wednesday, January 4, 2022, a 58-year-old Cobourg woman walked into the King Street Police Station (file photo above) and turned herself in because of 2 outstanding warrants for theft. She was later released on an undertaking with a scheduled court date on February 8, 2023.
More detail on all these is available in Press Releases from the Police – see Resources below. Generally there is no explanation as to why some suspects are held – at least for a while – and some released.