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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2021

Charge of having prohibited weapons

Prince Edward County OPP responded to a disturbance on Jan. 8 just after 10 p.m. at a Richmond Street address in Picton.

Officers discovered a person in possession of prohibited weapons and charged a 29-year-old Picton woman with four counts of possession of a prohibited device or ammunition.

The accused was released on an appearance notice and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Feb. 24, 2021.

Body of man who fell through ice recovered in Bay of Quinte

UPDATE: The body of a 23-year-old man from Belleville was located and recovered from the Bay of Quinte.

Prince Edward County OPP and the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit are are continuing a search for a person believed to have fallen through the ice on the Bay of Quinte in the area of Point Anne.

On Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 shortly after 5 p.m. members officers responded to the report with emergency services from both Prince Edward County, Belleville and Trenton.

Constable Aaron Miller noted the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) would continue the search Sunday.

“While the ice may look tempting for ice fishing or oth er activities, please make the safe decision to stay off. The temperatures have been erratic this winter and most ice is not thick enough to safely support people. Don’t put your own life, and the lives of first responders at risk.”

For those who do venture out, proper use of safety equipment can reduce the risks of traveling over ice covered bodies of water. Possibilities include: wearing of survival suits, carrying picks (used to grip ice to pull yourself out of the water) and carrying a rescue rope.

For further information on ice safety from the Royal Lifesaving Society, visit:

Multiple charges laid in County business break-ins

A 37-year-old man from Belleville is facing multiple charges in relation to break-ins at four County businesses in December.

Prince Edward County OPP are investigating reports of break and enters to businesses – three in Picton and one in Wellington.

Const. Aaron Miller notes that between Tuesday, Dec. 17 at approximately 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 18 at approximately 8:30 a.m., culprits entered the businesses through a variety of methods.

“A Black Casio cash register with approximately $275 cash was taken from one location. At another location, approximately $2,000 was taken,” he said.
As a result of continued investigation by the Prince Edward County Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and the OPP’s Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) the Belleville man was arrested in relation to the break, enter and thefts.

He faces charges of break, enter a place with intent to commit indictable offence;
Break, enter a place, commit indictable offence and Disguise with intent.

The accused is currently in custody for unrelated occurrences and is to appear before the Provincial Court of Justice on Jan. 21.

OPP warn public of spam email containing child sexual abuse images

The Ontario Provincial Police has received numerous complaints where members of the public from across the province received unsolicited emails which, when opened, contained links to images of child sexual abuse.

The emails, which were received from the email account contained directions, that when followed, exposed the recipient to child sexual abuse imagery.

Recipients of emails from are asked to contact their local police and to abstain from opening the emails.

The Ontario Provincial Police would like to remind the public to exercise caution when opening emails received from unfamiliar or unusual accounts. If unsure, a company’s legitimate contact information can typically be confirmed by visiting their website.

Anyone wanting to make a difference is encouraged to go to to download the “Child Sexual Abuse-It Is Your Business” brochure from the Canadian Center for Child Protection. This is an important first step that can save a child.

Parents are reminded to take a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation by speaking with their children regarding internet safety. Parents and anyone interested in protecting children can find resources to assist them at

Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or if you have information regarding internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at (TIPS) or 1-800-222-8477

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Suspicious person arrested for lurking

The Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a 24-year-old Prince Edward County man reported to be “lurking” around a business.

On Jan. 7 at approximately 5:30 a.m., Quinte West OPP attended the business on Trenton Street, and after a search of the area the individual was located by officers. After a brief investigation, the accused was identified and arrested on outstanding warrants.

He was charged with the following offences:
Obstruct peace officer
Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 – two counts
Trafficking in stolen goods under $5000 – two counts; and
Break and enter a place – commit indictable offence

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on Feb. 18, 2021.

Driver arrested after collision

On Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 shortly after 12 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road 3 in Ameliasburgh ward.

Officers located the vehicle and spoke to the driver. As a result of further investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing. A 41-year-old Belleville woman was arrested and charged with:
Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Jan. 27, 2021. The driver was also given a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Prince Edward OPP are thanking motorists for remaining vigilant and reporting impaired drivers. To report impaired drivers, call 1.888.310.1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Arrest made after domestic dispute

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a domestic call on Jan. 6, 2021 around 2:30 a.m. in Ameliasburgh ward.

Officers arrived and conducted further investigation. As a result, a 49-year-old male from Prince Edward County was arrested and charged with two counts of assault. The individual is to appear before the court at a later date. The name of the accused is not being released to protect the identity of the victim.

If you or someone you know is living in or involved in an abusive relationship help is available. Contact Alternatives for Women for support, advice or the safety of a shelter at 613-476-2787.

Victim Services of Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington is also available to provide emotional and practical assistance to people who have experienced domestic violence. They can be reached at 613-771-1767 or toll free at 1-866-680-9972. In emergencies call 9-1-1.

Appointment required to access OPP PEC detachment during lockdown

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is taking action to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by restricting the access to its facilities, including detachments, across the province.

The OPP is limiting the processing of routine criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks and finger printing to essential workers/volunteers only. Anyone seeking entry to OPP Prince Edward County Detachment must make an appointment first. Individuals will be pre-screened and are required to have proper personal protective equipment prior to entering the detachment.

If you require any detachment-based service, including criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks, please call (613) 476-2151 in advance for an appointment. Our operating hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. For all other police matters, please call 1-888-310-1122 or your local detachment. Report online by visiting

The OPP thanks the public for helping to keep communities safe by using the means listed above to avoid unnecessary contact.

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