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Reported today in the Milton Canadian Champion.

House ransacked in break-in – Crime Stoppers of Halton

Halton Regional Police are investigating a break-in at a Menefy Place home. 

Sometime after 2:30 p.m. January 27, a Milton resident arrived home and noticed the front door had been pried open.

An investigation by police revealed the unknown suspect(s) entered the house and searched through the kitchen cupboards, closets and the upstairs bedrooms.

Numerous items were stolen, however the total loss is unknown at this time. 

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or go to the website, www.haltoncrimestoppers.com, or text ‘Tip201’ with your message to 274637 (crimes).

Milton Police Blotter – January 13 2011

From the Milton Canadian Champion

Police respond to snowstorm-related car crashes

Local police attended to six car accidents between the hours of 6:55 and 8:42 yesterday morning, at the tail end of this week’s snowstorm.  Although there were no injuries, all accidents resulted in property damage.Locations of the accidents included Britannia and Trafalgar roads, Martin Street and Steeles Avenue, Hwy. 407 and Sixth Line and Lower Base Line West and Sixth Line.

Home ransacked

A laptop, Blackberry charger, Olympus camera and coins worth $86 were stolen from a Sixth Line home.  The culprit forced open the front door sometime between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. January 4.  The estimated value of the stolen items is $1,086.

Three cars broken into

An iPod Touch, with an estimated value of $350, was stolen from a car on Trudeau Drive between 3 p.m. January 3 and 8 a.m. January 4.  A wallet including seven credit cards and $50 cash was stolen from a Nissan Rogue on Dolby Crescent January 3.  Overnight January 3, $20 in cash and five CDs, worth an estimated $120, were stolen from a silver BMW on Menefy Place.

PlayStation stolen

Between 6 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. Monday, a Barclay Circle home with an unlocked door was broken into.  Stolen were a Sony PlayStation worth an estimated $400, eight games worth about $80, and loose change.  Police are investigating.

GPS taken from car

Overnight last Thursday, an unlocked vehicle on Mary Street was broken into.  During the incident, a Garmin GPS worth an estimated $175 was stolen.

Four cars broken into

Overnight Saturday, cars on Maguire Trail, Riddell Court, Hepburn Road and Stark Circle were broken into.  In the first incident, a wallet containing identification, credit cards and cash was taken.  In the second break-in, two CDs, loose change and Ray-Ban sunglasses worth an estimated $200 were taken.  In the third and fourth incidents, loose change was stolen.

Items stolen from cars

Overnight Monday, identification, credit cards and cash were taken from a car on Trudeau Drive.  Police are investigating.

Milton Police Blotter – January 6 2011

Milton Police Blotter

A home on Commercial Street saw its Christmas decorations, including an inflatable Santa Claus two snowmen and a string of lit candy canes, dragged across the lawn and damaged  overnight last Thursday.

The estimated damage was $300.

The following night, inflatable Christmas decorations — including a Santa Claus, penguins and a glowing candy cane display — were among the items stolen from a Pettigrew Trail home.

Also stolen were a set of power cords and electrical boxes. The items’ estimated value was $300.

House broken into

A home on Sixth Line was broken into between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

During the incident, the front door was forced open and a laptop, an Olympus camera, Blackberry charger and $86 worth of coins were taken.  The total estimated value was $1,000.

Impaired charge laid

A 19-year-old Milton woman was charged with blowing over 80 after she allegedly tried to avoid a R.I.D.E. program on Main Street and Martin Street at 11:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

Car stolen and recovered

A grey Honda Pilot worth an estimated $35,000 was stolen from a residence on Lancaster Boulevard overnight December 23.  The 2010 vehicle with plates AMYM 442 was later found in good condition near Pearson International Airport.

Thief targets unlocked vehicle

An iPod Nano, Christmas gift certificates and loose change were stolen from an unlocked vehicle overnight December 23.  The incident occurred on Norris Circle.

GPS taken from car

Overnight December 23, a TomTom GPS was stolen from a car in Ramshaw Court.  The device is valued at $450.

Belongings stolen

Items including Oakley sunglasses, a Garmin GPS and an iPod were taken from an unlocked vehicle on Stevenson Street overnight December 23.  The items have a combined value of roughly $500.

Briefcase and wallet stolen

Overnight December 23, a TomTom GPS was taken from an unlocked vehicle on First Line.  Also stolen was a black denim briefcase, which included a wallet, identification and credit cards.

Three thefts from vehicles

On Monday, an iPod Touch, worth $350, a $20 note and five CDs, and a wallet were stolen from cars on Trudeau Drive, Menefy Place and Dolby Crescent.

Wallet stolen from car

A woman’s Guess wallet was stolen from a car overnight December 23.  The wallet contained identification and debit cards.

Coins taken from vehicle

Between December 23 and 24 two vehicles parked in a driveway on Allan Crescent were entered.  Loose change was taken from both vehicles.

Milton Police Blotter December 23

From the Milton Canadian Champion

Milton Police Blotter

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. last Thursday, a pick-up truck was seen by police driving dangerously at Thompson and Derry roads.

Soon after, police say, the vehicle left the road and swiped a curb before coming back onto the road. 

When signaled to do so, police say, the truck didn’t stop, but it was eventually halted after police cruisers boxed it in on Bolingbroke Drive. 

A 20-year-old Port Elgin resident was charged with dangerous driving, flight from police and over 80.

Car wedged between house, tree

A 31-year-old Milton man has been charged with impaired driving and over 80 after a four-door Mazda became wedged between a tree and a home’s bay window at 1:45 a.m. yesterday.

The incident occurred on Churchill Avenue. There were no injuries and the house was largely undamaged.

Man charged with impaired

A 45-year-old Milton resident was charged with impaired driving and over 80 after police stopped a vehicle driving erratically on Commercial Street.

The incident occurred at about 1 a.m. December 15.

Police dogs used to track suspect

A man was arrested in a break-in into a fenced area behind a shop Sunday near Steeles Avenue.

Police dogs were used to help track a suspect.

A 28-year-old Hamilton man is charged with possessing burglary tools.

Delivery vehicle stolen

Friday between 10 and 10:27 a.m., a delivery vehicle from Dimpflmeier Bakery was stolen from the rear of the Loblaw Superstore while making a delivery.

The white panel van valued at $10,000 was a day later recovered in Fergus.

Car left warming up stolen

On Saturday, shortly after midnight, a vehicle left warming up for five minutes with the keys in the ignition was stolen.

The dark blue, four-door, Honda Civic is valued at $10,000 and had license plates BBPY 653.

Police are investigating.

Wallet stolen

On Friday between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m., a woman’s pink wallet was stolen from a car that was parked in a lot at Thompson Road and Main Street. 

The wallet contained cash, credit cards, a driver’s licence and a health card.

There was no sign of forced entry, police say.

Vehicle drives through R.I.D.E. spot check

A 42-year-old Milton man was charged with over 80 and impaired driving last Friday at 9:30 p.m.

Police say the charges came after a vehicle drove through a R.I.D.E. spot check on Bronte Street, south of Steeles Avenue.

(As noted by a previous post, there have been an increase in thefts from vehicles both locked and unlocked in the Ward 6 area.  In one day 10 vehicles were broken into.  Make sure you keep your valuables inside your home, instead of in your car.  I was also a victim of this crime recently.  The more we do to prevent this, the more they move on.  Hopefully Halton Police will find these criminals!)

Ten thefts from vehicles in day

Ten vehicles on local streets were broken into Tuesday.

The streets included Irving Terrace, Deacon Drive, Zimmerman Crescent, Clarke Boulevard, Hearst Boulevard, Gordon Heights, Ferguson Drive and McDermott Way.

Police are investigating.

Halton Police Update

File this one under REALLY?  So far this year Halton Police have laid almost 300 impaired driving charges. 

“Halton police report that since Jan. 1, 2010, 295 drivers on Halton roads have been arrested for impaired driving. A total of 123 impaired charges have been laid in Burlington followed by 87 in Oakville, 49 in Milton and 36 in Halton Hills. Police say that of the 13 traffic fatalities recorded in the region this year, alcohol was a contributing factor in four of them.”

It seems that with the increased awareness of the problem and more RIDE programs set in place, some people are not getting the message.  13 people in Halton died unnecessarily in my opinion.  Drinking and driving is totally preventable.  Just dont do it!

After our Milton Community Policing Committee meeting earlier this week, Const. Floyd said that Halton Police will be starting the RIDE program for this holiday season and will be out in full force.

It doesnt take that much of an extra effort to do the right thing.  The Champion article outlines a number of things you can do to help make our roads safer.

• If you plan to drive, don’t drink

• Choose a sober designated driver before partying

• Take public transit, a taxi or ask a friend to drive you home

• Spend the night where the activity is being held

• Immediately report impaired drivers to police

• Always wear your seat belt

Do the right thing…and help make this holiday season safer for everyone.  There are very few people who have had their lives affected by drinking & driving.  Either you know someone personally or know of someone who has lost a friend or loved one due to this totally preventable crime.

If you see someone who shouldnt be driving, try to stop them.  If not, call 911.  You could be saving a life!

And continuing with my previous post on Lock it or Lose it here is another article from the Milton Canadian Champion on unattended vehicles being stolen from peoples driveways.

Unattended, idling vehicles become stolen vehicles: police

Don’t let that warm car result in a cold walk this winter.As the Christmas season and the cold weather have returned, Halton Regional Police are issuing reminders to residents about precautionary measures they can take to prevent their valuables, including their vehicle, from being stolen.

Police say that between Nov. 3, 2009 and Jan. 14, 2010, 25 vehicles were stolen in Halton that had been left unattended and idling by their owners. Fifteen of those thefts occurred in Milton in the Derry Road community.

In Milton, leaving a vehicle unattended with the engine running is illegal under a town by-law and could result in a $75 fine.  An unattended running vehicle that is locked, even if it is in your driveway or in your garage, is still a target for thieves.

Police also warn about leaving car doors open or any items in plain view wherever you park your vehicle.

“Crimes of opportunity occur when we don’t take the necessary precautions such as locking our vehicles and placing items out of sight,” said a Halton police press release.

While there is no guarantee against becoming a victim of vehicle theft, or having your vehicle broken into, Halton police offer the following safety tips:

• Park in well-lit and attended areas

• Never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running. Turn off the ignition and take the keys with you

• Always lock all doors and windows

• Never leave personal identification or valuables in your vehicle. Lock all valuables in the trunk. Don’t tempt thieves by leaving packages, cameras or purses in plain view

• Remove GPS navigation and cellphone devices when not in your vehicle

• Mount CD and MP3 players inconspicuously

• If you have a garage, use it and lock your car

• Never hide a spare key in your car

For more crime prevention ideas, visit www.haltonpolice.ca and follow the link to Community Policing.

And to illustrate this even further, here is this weeks Milton Police Blotter from the Champion.

BMW stolen while left warming

A 2006 BMW 325 valued at $30,000 was stolen from a driveway after the owner left it idling before his drive to work.  The incident on Huffman Crescent took place at 5:15 a.m. Monday.

Computer equipment taken from school

Overnight Monday, a portable classroom at St. Peter Catholic Elementary School on Dixon Drive was broken into.  During the incident a laptop computer and two Alpha Smart keyboards were taken.  Their estimated value is $2,200.

Car stolen during the day

A 2008 white Ford Edge was taken between noon and 9 p.m. November 17.  The car had been parked on Main Street East.