Below are press releases from Stratford Police pertaining to St. Marys. The police are reminding people if they are witnessing a crime in progress call 911, but if they are reporting after the fact, just call the non-emergency number at 519-271-4141. They also remind people to not leave information regarding a possible concern on the Stratford Police Facebook page.
Multiple Vehicles in River Over Weekend
Throughout the weekend the Stratford Police responded to two separate motor vehicle collisions on Perth South Line 1, in which the vehicles had slid off the roadway and down an embankment, rolling over into a stream. Perth South Line 1 is the access road that leads to River Valley Tube Slide from Highway 7. The first incident occurred on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7:41 p.m. Upon police arrival, the vehicle was found overturned in the river. All five occupants were able to exit the vehicle on their own prior to the arrival of the police and only minor injuries were suffered. Interestingly, the second incident occurred on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:41 p.m. This vehicle had also slid off the roadway, down the embankment and had rolled over into the stream. The two occupants from this vehicle managed to get out on their own. They then walked to River Valley Tube Slide where they called for emergency services. These two occupants also suffered minor injuries and were transported to hospital. After each of these incidents, the Township was contacted and the road was treated for ice. Police are asking all drivers to please slow down when the roads could be slippery, and to be aware that roads going over, or alongside water are more likely to have ice build-up on them.
Firearms Stolen in Break and Enter in St. Marys
On Sunday, January 13, 2019 the Stratford Police were called to a residence on Water Street in St. Marys in regards to a Break and Enter to a garage, which had been left unlocked. It is believed that the Break and Enter occurred sometime last week. Several items were stolen, including two air soft pistols. At this time there are no suspects in this matter, however police would like to encourage anyone with information to contact them at 519-271-4141. Information can also be provided to Crime Stoppers for those who wish to remain anonymous. The Stratford Police would also like to remind everyone to keep their property secure by locking their doors as most Break and Enters can be prevented by doing just that. The police would also like to encourage the public to contact them when anything suspicious is being witnessed. Please call either 519-271-4141 or 911 and do not leave information regarding a possible concern on the Stratford Police Facebook page.
Fire in St. Marys Being Investigated as Arson
On Sunday, January 13, 2019 shortly after 11:00 a.m. the Stratford Police were called to assist the Fire Department at a fire on Queen St West in St. Marys. The fire was extinguished and nobody was found to be at home where the fire had occurred. Police learned that the fire had been set on purpose when an unknown person set a flag at the front door of the residence on fire, causing approximately $3,500 damage to the home. Police are requesting that if anyone has any information as to who started this fire to please contact them at 519-271-4141. If you have information and wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS.
Suspects to be Identified in Counterfeit Bill Incidents
The Stratford Police Service is investigating two incidents of US currency counterfeit $100 bills being passed at a business in the Town of St Marys last weekend. The bills were passed by two different males on two separate occasions. Each male made a purchase at the store, paying for that purchase with the US $100 bills and received change from their purchase. The store owner later learned that the bills were fake and contacted police. The Stratford Police has obtained video surveillance of the two incidents and photographs of the suspect males (below) involved are being disseminated with a request to the public to help identify the suspects. If anyone is able to identify either male within the photos they are being requested to contact the Stratford Police Service at 519-271-4141, or to make a report through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you wish to remain anonymous.