BPS continue suspicious fire investigations, seek suspect information

Apr 29, 2022The Brantford Police Service are continuing to investigate a number of suspicious fires, dating back to January 2022 and are seeking additional suspect information from the public.

Police are asking any members of the public who reside close to the location of any of the incidents, and who have not already done so, to review any video surveillance footage which may have captured the suspects responsible for these fires.

Police have reason to believe the fires were deliberately set and have been working to identify suspects seen in the area. All of the fires were quickly controlled and resulted in minor property damage. No physical injuries occurred as a result of the fires.

Police are asking homeowners and business owners in these areas to review their video surveillance equipment for the following dates and locations for any video that may assist in these investigations. 

Below is a list of occurrences currently under investigation. 

IncidentDateTimeLocationType of Fire
22-0124510-Jan-227:23 p.m.17 Dundas St. EBasement Fire
22-0152913-Jan-221:10 a.m.18 Strathcona AvePorch Fire
22-0164213-Jan-227:41 p.m.109 Park AveRecycle Bin Fire
22-0202916-Jan-229:38 p.m.400 Garden AveBarn Fire
22-0227419-Jan-2212:00 a.m.129 Wellington StRecycling Bin Fire
22-0280022-Jan-229:35 p.m.72 Craig StVehicle Fire
22-0370830-Jan-229:28 a.m.274 Colborne StGarbage Fire
22-0761627-Feb-223:03 a.m.521 Elgin StTrailer Fire
22-0763127-Feb-227:23 a.m.433 West StTrailer Fire
22-1010416-Mar-229:10 p.m.95 Wood StBasement Fire
22-1131825-Mar-227:45 p.m.Park Rd. N.Vehicle Fire
22-1299407-Apr-2212:06 a.m.37 Morton Ave. E.Scrap Wire Fire
22-1408214-Apr-2210:18 a.m.46 Morton Ave. E.Scrap Wire Fire
22-1456518-Apr-223:51 a.m.44 Raleigh St.Garbage Fire
22-1456618-Apr-223:52 a.m.247 Colborne St. W.Garbage Fire
22-1499921-Apr-225:03 a.m.4 Margaret Dr.Vehicle Fire
22-1500121-Apr-225:23 a.m.87 Herbert St.Vehicle Fire

Anyone with who has any information related to any of these occurrences is asked to contact Detective Andre Major at 519-756-7050 or [email protected] 

Information can also be provided anonymously to Brant – Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/

Do you know this male ? He is a suspect in the theft of a cell phone from the Salvation Army.

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify this suspect. If you have any information related to this investigation, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, Information can also be provided anonymously to Brant – Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

Do you know this person? We know that the photo is not that clear however, she attempted to steal meat from No Frills and when approached by Loss Prevention, she punched the loss prevention officer in the face. 

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify this suspect. If you have any information related to this investigation, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, Information can also be provided anonymously to Brant – Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

Can you identify the female in the attached photos?  She is responsible for numerous LCBO thefts in town recently.

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify this suspect. If you have any information related to this investigation, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, Information can also be provided anonymously to Brant – Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

Do you recognize this female ?

She is the suspect for a theft that occurred at the Market. St LCBO where she was observed stealing over $140.00 worth of alcohol before leaving the store.

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspect. If you have any information related to this investigation, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, Information can also be provided anonymously to Brant – Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

Brantford Police are looking for assistance regarding information about the attached video. April 18/22 at approx. 3 am, 5 males are seen at a home on English Lane SPRAY PAINTING the home owners car in RED paint. One of the males either appear to be video taping the main suspect or providing light while he completed this act .

This is the second time that this Home owner has been targeted Mar 15/22, ( Inc.# 22-219 ) the front door and siding was damaged by unknown persons however it us unknown if this related.

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspects. If you have any information related to this investigation, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, Information can also be provided anonymously to Brant – Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

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BPS seek suspect information in stabbing

Apr 12, 2022Inc. # 22-13641
Investigators with the Branford Police Service are investigating a stabbing and seek suspect information from the public.
On Monday, April 11, 2022, at approximately 3:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a residence located near Colborne Street and Peel Street after receiving a report of a stabbing. 
Officers attended and located a male victim who had sustained multiple stab wounds.  
The victim was transported to hospital where he received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police are looking for two male suspects, who were reported to have been wearing all black clothing and masks covering their faces. The suspects fled the scene on foot. A detailed description of the suspects is not available at this time. 
Officers have reason to believe this may be a targeted attack and do not feel this incident poses a threat to public safety.
Police are currently seeking any information that may lead to identifying the suspects.
Anyone who may have information, or video footage from the area at the time of the incident is asked to contact Detective Cst. Cotter of Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2271. 
Information can also be provided anonymously to Brant – Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

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Brantford Police Service Warn Residents About Tech Support Scam

Mar 23, 2022Brantford Police Service are issuing a warning to residents after receiving reports of a scam involving the following:
Fraudulent Offer of Tech Support
 This type of fraud involves a claim by the scammer to offer remote tech support on a computer or electronic device by posing as a tech expert or, in some cases as a Digital Market or Social Media Manager for hire. These scammers have also promoted themselves to be a Facebook and Google ads expert.

The scammer convinces the victim to allow remote access to their computer, and then places malicious material on the computer. The scammers convince the victim that they were the ones to locate the malicious material and request payment for services for removal.

It is likely the scammer will increasingly upload malicious material to lend legitimacy to their claims, decreasing victims’ willingness to contact law enforcement.

Over the long-term, there is a chance that this remote access can be exploited, either consensually or through malware, to upload other materials to the victim’s computer followed with an attempt to blackmail the victim or increase other criminal activity.

The following safety tips should be considered when making purchases online for such services:

  • Never allow anyone to access your phone or computer thru a screen sharing application. A legitimate entity would never invade your privacy in this way. 
  • Be sure to verify the legitimacy of the seller
  • Make purchases from known legitimate companies.
  • Trust your instincts. If a deal seems too good to be true, it likely is.
  • When in doubt, consult police or someone you trust before sending funds.

The Brantford Police Service wish to remind residents of the importance of fraud education and protecting oneself from becoming a victim. Please see below for tips on how to protect yourself from fraud. We also encourage spreading the word to those, such as the elderly, who may be particularly vulnerable to these fraudsters and may be targets of these high-pressure scams.
 
 
TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
 

  • Be mindful of advertisements for investments that promise higher than normal returns. “If it’s too good to be true, it most always is too good to be true.”
  • Be aware that social media account takeovers are becoming more and more common. Suspects will take over a social media account and post advertisements for their scams.  It will appear that your social media friends are making these posts and referring you to the investment. 
  • Be mindful when investing with or providing any personal information to a potential investment advisor. Do your research before investing. Ask for phone numbers and be sure you can contact these persons on these phone numbers. Confirm an address where the investor is based out of.  Ask for references. In all likelihood, if you ask a scammer for these things, they will either not be able to provide them or will provide excuses as to why they cannot provide them.
  • Never allow anyone to access your phone or computer thru a screen sharing application. A legitimate entity would never invade your privacy in this way.  
  • DO NOT provide personal information (e.g., Social Insurance Number, passport number, banking information or credit card numbers) over the phone unless you placed the call, and you know for certain who you are speaking to.
  • Accredited businesses and government agencies will never ask for payment using gift cards or bitcoin.
  • If you suspect it is a scam, it may be – just hang up. Conduct your own research to determine validity.
  • Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an email, especially overseas.
  • Resist the pressure to act quickly, if the offer is too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Consider adding your phone number to the National Do Not Call List: www.Innte-dncl.gc.ca/index-eng
  • Consult with someone you trust before agreeing to provide large sums of money to anyone.
  • DO NOT write down passwords and carry them with you.

If you have already sent funds and/or your personal information, contact the police and your financial institution immediately. If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud and reside in the City of Brantford, contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. You can also report online at: https://www.brantfordpolice.ca/online-reporting

If you have not experienced a financial loss but have received a fraudulent call, such as the CRA scam, please report the incident by calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraud.ca/index-eng.htm