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Woodstock Police Service
WPS  Property Crime Task Force Report


Tuesday, February 05, 2019 - Between the months of August 2018 and October 2018 the city of Woodstock was plagued with a drastic increase in property crimes relating to break and enters, vehicle entries, thefts and frauds.

Police Response:

In October 2018, the Woodstock Police Service formed a Property Crime Task Force comprising of members of the Criminal Investigative Branch, Intelligence/Drug Unit and Uniform Patrol.

Investigative Results:

As a direct result of this Property Crime Task Force the Woodstock Police Service were able to lay 150 charges involving 24 accused persons.

Charges Laid:

  • 32 Theft
  • 1 Break and Enter
  • 29 Fraud
  • 44 Possession of stolen property
  • 21 Utter forged document
  • 2 Take motor vehicle without consent
  • 16 Breach of court orders
  • 1 Controlled Drug and Substance Act
  • 1 Weapon offence
  • 2 Assault
  • 1 Utter threats

Property Recovered:

Woodstock Police Service recovered approximately $34,000 in stolen property as well as two replica handguns, a bolt action rifle and a Taser.

The Woodstock Police Service would like to invite members of the public who believe their property may have been recovered to attend our headquarters located at 615 Dundas Street, Woodstock on Wednesday February 13, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. At which time retrieval of the items can occur.

Community Impact:

From the commencement of the Property Crime Task Force in October 2018 to its conclusion in December 2018, the Woodstock Police Service have seen an approximately 50% decrease in property related offences reported to police.

Chief of Police William Renton Comments:

"This Property Crime Task Force is an exceptional example of the many resources of the Woodstock Police Service focusing on an identified issue specific to our community. One which produced outstanding results." He further stated, the sad reality is many of the accused and crimes are linked to drug dependency and the drug subculture. An area we continue to put significant resources and attention towards.

The WOODSTOCK POLICE SERVICE would like to encourage anyone having information about this investigation to contact WOODSTOCK POLICE SERVICE at 519-537-2323 or Crime Stoppers 421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:29:17 AM EST

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