Shoplifting suspects call in fake cop-shooting to avoid capture, Guelph police say – CBC.ca

Shoplifting suspects call in fake cop-shooting to avoid capture, Guelph police say - CBC.ca
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A Guelph man and woman are accused of calling in a false report about a police officer being shot in the city's downtown core.

Police say it was all in an effort to get officers who were investigating a robbery outside the pair's hotel room to go away.

“While police were holding the perimeter, the parties phoned into police dispatch falsely reporting that a police officer had been shot in the downtown core of the city, in an attempt to draw officers away from the unit.”

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Police found the man and woman in a hotel room in Guelph's north end Thursday morning while investigating a robbery.

Guelph police say two people, who were in a six-hour standoff with police on Thursday, allegedly called 911 to falsely report an officer had been shot in an attempt to draw police away from them.

Wanted pair places fake call to police dispatch to try to lure police away from them

Both were wanted on outstanding charges in Guelph as well as other areas for a number of offences including shoplifting, robbery and theft under $5,000, Guelph police said.

Police say they were wanted on outstanding charges from Guelph and other jurisdictions for a number offences including shoplifting, robbery and theft under $5,000.

"Neither party would come out of the unit and police were forced to hold the perimeter for six hours while an entry warrant was requested," police said in a release.

Police say they wouldn’t come out of the unit and officers on scene were forced to block off an area surrounding the hotel while waiting for a warrant.

"While police were holding the perimeter, the parties phoned into police dispatch falsely reporting that a police officer had been shot in the downtown core of the city in an attempt to draw officers away from the unit."

The ruse didn’t work as an entry warrant was eventually granted and both suspects were arrested. Police said they also found several stolen items.

In the afternoon, police obtained the entry warrant and went into the hotel room. Two people were arrested and a number of items that had been stolen were recovered, police said.

A 48-year-old Guelph man faces two counts of theft under $5,000 and one count each of possession of stolen goods under $5,000, breach of probation and public mischief, reporting an offence which has not been committed.

They were found at a hotel room in the north end of the city, but police say they refused to come out when police arrived on the morning of Nov. 7.

A 43-year-old Guelph woman has been charged with one count each of theft under $5,000 and one count each of possession of stolen goods under $5,000, breach of probation and public mischief, reporting an offence which has not been committed.

The Guelph man, 48, was charged with two counts of theft under $5,000, possession of stolen goods, public mischief and breaching probation.

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NEWS RELEASE GUELPH POLICE SERVICE **************************** On the morning of Nov. 7, 2019, an adult male and an adult female were located inside a hotel room located on the north end of the City of Guelph. Both parties were wanted on outstanding charges from Guelph and other jurisdictions for a number of offences including shoplifting, robbery and theft under $5,000. Neither party would come out of the unit, and police were forced to hold the perimeter for six hours while an entry warrant was requested.

In the meantime, the people inside the hotel called police dispatch, falsely reporting that an officer had been shot in downtown Guelph.

While police were holding the perimeter, the parties phoned into police dispatch falsely reporting that a police officer had been shot in the downtown core of the city, in an attempt to draw officers away from the unit.

In the early afternoon, the entry warrant was granted and executed, with both parties being arrested. A search incident to arrest revealed numerous pieces of stolen property.

A 48-year-old Guelph male has been charged with:     •    Theft under $5,000 x2     •    Possession of stolen goods under $5,000     •    Public mischief – report offence which had not been committed     •    Breach probation

A 43-year-old Guelph female has been charged with:     •    Theft under $5,000     •    Possession of stolen goods under $5,000     •    Public mischief – report offence which had not been committed     •    Breach probation