Police blotter Prowler on Oakwood Avenue
A Simcoe woman received an alarming surprise this week when she woke up to discover an unknown man in her home.The woman was sleeping on her couch in her Oakwood Avenue basement when she woke around 1 a.m. Tuesday to find the stranger in her home.As she called police, the intruder retreated upstairs. However, when police searched the residence, nothing was found.No damage was reported and nothing was stolen. Woman struck at ToyotetsuA Brantford woman suffered minor injuries this week when she was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the Toyotetsu auto parts plant in Simcoe.The incident was called into police around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.The vehicle involved was a dark-coloured Chrysler 300. The vehicle did not stop. Police want to speak to the driver.“The OPP would like the motoring public to be aware of their surroundings at all times when they get behind the wheel of any vehicle,” Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“Pedestrians are also urged to put their safety as a priority and to be cautious when crossing any street or parking lot.”Anyone with information that may identify the driver involved is asked to contact the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122.Information can also be shared with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. Window smashed on Queen StreetA window was broken on Queen Street North in Simcoe last weekend.The vandalism was brought to the attention of police Monday.Norfolk OPP are investigating. Assault charge in CourtlandA Norfolk man was charged after an argument in Courtland last weekend escalated into violence.The incident occurred at a home on Talbot Street Saturday around 10 p.m.Wednesday, a 47-year-old Norfolk man was charged with aggravated assault and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. Electronic eye nabs scofflawsTwo disqualified drivers have another date in court thanks to automated licence-plate recognition technology.An officer with the Norfolk OPP was on patrol on Thompson Road West in Waterford this week when an eastbound vehicle set off an alert in the cruiser.The licence-plate technology is programmed to flag licence plates deemed to be in poor standing. The pull-over in this instance occurred Tuesday around 2:45 p.m.Upon further investigation, the officer learned that the driver was not supposed to be behind the wheel.A 34-year-old Norfolk woman has been charged with driving while under suspension. She will answer the charge at a later date in the Ontario Court of Justice at the Norfolk County Court House in Simcoe.This same licence-plate recognition technology assisted police in nabbing another disqualified driver on Monday.Around 4:30 p.m., a Norfolk OPP cruiser was parked alongside Highway 24 north of Simcoe. A passing vehicle alerted the officer that its plates might be problematic.Once the suspect vehicle was pulled over, a 22-year-old Norfolk woman was charged with driving under suspension. Nails hammered into tiresNails were hammered into the tires of a vehicle parked in Simcoe this week.Two tires were damaged. The vandalism occurred on Queen Street North in the early morning hours of Tuesday.Norfolk OPP are investigating. Suspicious men confrontedPolice want to speak to three men who were spotted behaving suspiciously at a home in Simcoe this week.Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a resident on John Street saw the men at a neighbour’s property. Two of the men walked onto the property and were peering into windows. The third man stood near the sidewalk looking up and down the street.The men fled northbound on John Street when they were confronted.All three are white, heavy-set and about 30 years of age.One was wearing a blue bomber jacket while a second man was wearing a dark-coloured jacket.The suspect who appeared to be acting as the lookout was wearing a bomber jacket with a fur hood. He was wearing sunglasses and a white bandana with a black design. He was also carrying a blue backpack.Anyone with information that might identify these individuals is asked to contact the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122.Information can also be shared with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. Bicycle taken on John StreetA bicycle was stolen in Simcoe this week.Grainy footage of the suspect was captured on videotape as he broke into a shed on John Street around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.In the initial footage, the man is seen leaving the area empty-handed.Around 6:20 a.m. the same morning, the suspect returns to the scene and makes off with silver- and black-coloured bicycle.Norfolk OPP are investigating. They are reviewing the images captured to determine the identity of the suspect.