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Caledon OPP Investigating Theft and Requesting Assistance in Identification

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Submitted to Just Sayin' Caledon

Person of interest in Caledon OPP investigation

Officers from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating a theft and are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest.

On June 2, 2024, the victim attempted to sell items posted through an online classified site. They met to facilitate the exchange. The items were forcefully taken, and the suspect fled the scene. No injuries were sustained as a result of this incident.

Investigators are currently attempting to identify the male displayed on the attached photograph. If you know this individual, please contact Caledon OPP at 1-888-310-1122. You can also provide information anonymously by contacting Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.peelcrimestoppers.ca. When you contact Crime Stoppers, you stay anonymous, and you never have to testify.

 

This is a good opportunity to remind the community that Caledon OPP launched Project Safe Trade in October 2023.

WHAT IS PROJECT SAFE TRADE?

Online classified and auction sites are often used as tools to sell stolen property to unknowing victims and can present a safety threat. To increase public safety and reduce crime, the Caledon OPP is inviting members of the public to use our detachment parking lot to facilitate property transactions arranged online.

HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY HELP?

We need community partners; citizens and neighbors; agencies and police to mobilize for community safety and well-being. Collaborative approaches reduce harm and victimization with the goal of developing long term sustainable solutions.

HOW CAN PROJECT SAFE TRADE HELP?

Creating a “community safe zone” in police detachment parking lots is about moving online marketplace transactions away from secluded parking lots or private residences and bringing them into public places.

SAFE TRADE CHECKLIST

• Meet in a busy public place.

• Meet in person to inspect the product.

• Bring a trusted friend or family member along as a witness.

• Bring a cell phone in case you need to call for help.

• If you must go alone, tell a friend or family member when and where you are meeting someone.

• Keep transactions to daylight hours.

• Don’t invite a stranger into your home. It allows them access to the layout of your house, gives them information regarding alarm systems/dogs and provides a chance to see any valuables you may have.

• Never tell your schedule to a stranger. They do not need to know when you will not be home.

• Don’t erase any e-mails, texts or voicemails between yourself and the seller or buyer.

• Keep things local. Never mail a cheque or wire money to sellers.

• Do not give out personal or banking information (social insurance number, back account number, etc.).

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE POLICE?

Under normal circumstances, there will be no police intervention. Officers will not mediate private transactions, will not provide documentation and will not be a witness to a transaction. However, should one of the parties request an officer, one will respond. Officers will only intervene if the transaction becomes a bylaw, provincial or criminal matter.

• OPP will be unable to assist in negotiating civil property transactions.

• OPP won’t guarantee the quality or authenticity of items purchased online.

• OPP members cannot use the Police computer system to run model numbers, serial numbers, etc. of items that are part of a private exchange. Citizens are encouraged to use the Canadian Police Information Centre’s online database to search serial numbers of items they are looking to purchase at www.cpic-cipc.ca.

LEARN MORE

• 211 Ontario – Search “Project Safe Trade”

• Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

• Competition Bureau of Canada

• OPP.ca

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