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Woodstock Police Service
Something good comes from something bad
In the Photo(L-R): Pte. Stephen Smith,
John “Jim” Wettlauffer, Constable/ Corporal DeClark

On February 14, 2017 John Wettlaufer, a 77 year old man from Woodstock was a victim of a break and enter to his apartment on Burtch St. in the City of Woodstock. The suspect stole several Canadian Armed Forces medals and pins from the aircraftsman 1st class veteran.

Since the theft Constable Kevin DeClark from Woodstock Police who is also a Corporal of the Canadian armed forces organized community partners in an effort to retrieve some of the medals and pins.

The community partners are, Albert Sinke from Oxford Source for sports who donated an engraved commemorative plate, Constable DeClark connected with the Veterans Advocate from Alberta for assistance and built the case the medals are displayed in. Pte. Stephen J. Smith is a historian for the Royal Canadian and was able to work with the chair of the Royal Canadian Legion to get some of the pins and medals replaced.

On Friday, March 10, 2017 DeClark and Smith presented Mr. Wettlauffer with the plaque.

Contact Information:

  • Woodstock Police Service: 519-537-2323
  • Crime Stoppers: 519-421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
  • Website: www.woodstockpolice.ca
  • Domestic Abuse Services of Oxford: 24 hour crisis line at 1-800-265-1938 or 519-539-4811
  • Victim Assistance Services Oxford County: 519-537-2824
  • Canadian Anti Fraud Centre: 1-888-495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca
  • Counterfeit Money: www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes

Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 17:24:46 PM EST

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