2023-01-17 - Daily NewsPublished on January 17, 2023
Cornwall, ON – Deven McLaughlin, 28, of Cornwall was arrested on January 16th, 2023 and charged with theft under $5000, as well as breach of probation for attending a certain business, contacting employees of that business and failing to keep the peace. It is alleged on January 16th, 2023, the man attended a Pitt Street business, despite his conditions, and removed merchandise, making no attempt to pay for the merchandise as he left the store. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. During the investigation, he was taken into custody, charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing.
Cornwall, ON – A 71-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on January 16th, 2023 and charged with breach of release order for being within 100 metres of his ex-girlfriend and her son. It is alleged on January 12th, 2023, the man attended within 100 metres of the location of his ex-girlfriend and her son, despite his conditions. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. On January 16th, 2023, he attended police headquarters to deal with the matter. He was taken into custody, charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing. His name was not released as it would identify the victim in the matter.
Cornwall, ON – Paul Lynch, 29, of Kingspoint, Newfoundland was arrested on January 16th, 2023 on the strength of a warrant. It is alleged the man failed to attend court on October 13th, 2022 for a break and enter offence and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On January 16th, 2023, he attended police headquarters to deal with the matter. He was taken into custody on the strength of the warrant and held for a bail hearing.
Cornwall, ON – Jason Goulet Fernandez, 23, of Montreal was arrested on January 16th, 2023, on the strength of a warrant. It is alleged on May 20th, 2022, the man contacted a 78-year-old victim and fraudulently claimed that the victim’s grandchild was in need of a quantity of money. The man attended the victim’s residence and received a quantity of money exceeding $5000. Police were contacted and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On January 16th, 2023, he was taken into custody on the strength of the warrant in Montreal. A member of the Cornwall Police Service attended Montreal and executed the warrant. He was transported to Cornwall and held for a bail hearing.
The CPS would like to advise the public of ongoing scams, such as the Grandparent Scam, and encourage families to speak with their loved ones about the risks of sending money to someone they do not know.
Here are some ways you can help protect yourself when faced with an unknown caller:
- Never offer information to the caller - If they prompt you with a question such as, “Do you know who this is?” simply say no and have them tell you.
- Ask the caller for as many details as possible. If the person on the other end of the phone is explaining his/her story, ask them questions about their specific location or have them repeat their story. A criminal will have a hard time recalling details or coming up with them on the spot.
- Ask the caller a few personal questions that a real grandchild could answer but an imposter could not.
- After you hang up, verify the story by calling the parents or other relatives of the “grandchild”. Scammers will often tell you not to contact the parents as the “grandchild” is embarrassed or does not want to get in trouble. Don’t let this fool you – always verify the information with someone you trust.
- Never wire money to someone under uncertain conditions. It is difficult to recover or trace money that has been wired.
- Refrain from using forms of currency that you are unfamiliar with or have never used, such as crypto-currency (i.e. Bitcoin).
- Never provide any banking information over the telephone or Internet unless you are sure about who you’re giving it to.
If you have been a victim of this scam or others and believe you have sent money or personal information to someone you do not know, please report it to the CPS by calling 613-932-2110 ext. 3.
CALLS FOR SERVICE
There were 69 calls for service in the City of Cornwall over the last 24 hours (8:00 am yesterday to 8:00 am today). To see what’s happening in your neighbourhood visit our Crime Plot Map.
The mapping data on the Crime Plot Map is an extract from the Cornwall Police Service and only contains incidents that meet public disclosure eligibility in order to protect the identity of the victims. Since only a subset of data is displayed, the number of mapped incidents may not be a true reflection of how many incidents are actually on file for the day(s) or time range selected.
CPS reserves the right to not post all calls for service in order to protect the identity of the victims.