RCMP is warning the public about suspicious incidents

August 21, 2019, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia… Nova Scotia RCMP is warning the public about suspicious incidents of men approaching strangers and asking for money for gas or for money in exchange for jewelry.

Several incidents have been reported in August across the province. Police are asking members of the public to be aware of the suspicious incidents so that they don’t give money to someone who may be collecting it fraudulently.

In a recent incident in Fall River, a man was approached by another man who said that his wallet was stolen and needed money to return home to Ontario. The man who asked for money provided the other man with jewelry in exchange for a quantity of cash. The man who asked for money is described as having a very dark complexion, approximately 5-foot-10, a slim build and a strong accent. He appeared to be in his mid to late 30s. He was wearing a button up, white t- shirt and black pants. He was driving an older model Mercedes Benz with an Ontario licence plate.

Several other incidents were reported of men believed to be between the ages 30 and 55, who appear to be stranded on the highway and when approached, say they need money for gas. These men are also described as having dark complexion and strong accents.

Anyone who has information or can provide details about the people or vehicles involved with these suspicious incidents is asked to contact the RCMP by calling 1-800-803-RCMP anywhere in Nova Scotia. Should you wish to remain anonymous call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

Police charge Michael Patrick McNutt for sexual offences

A Halifax man faces additional 64 charges in relation to historical sexual assaults

Investigators with the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigative Division have laid additional charges against a man in relation to multiple historical sexual assaults that occurred in the 1970s and 80s.

Investigators have charged Michael Patrick McNutt, 66, with 64 sexual assault-related offences including 21 counts of gross indecency, 16 counts of sexual assault and 13 counts of indecent assault. The 20 victims were youths at the time of the offences and McNutt was in a position of trust in relation to the victims, as a teacher and/or volunteer coach. All of the offences occurred throughout the Halifax region with the exception of two incidents that occurred in other areas of the province. We are not releasing any further details to protect the identity of the victims.

McNutt was arrested at Halifax Regional Police Headquarters on Gottingen Street this morning. He was released and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

Police began an investigation in October 2016 after several victims came forward to report historical sexual assaults that occurred in the 1970s and 80s at different locations in the Halifax region. On January 23, 2019, investigators arrested McNutt without incident at an address in Halifax. He was charged with 14 counts of gross indecency and 13 counts of indecent assault in relation to 13 victims.

The investigation is ongoing. Investigators believe there may be other victims and encourage them to contact police. We want victims to know they will not be judged, and will be treated with compassion, dignity and respect throughout the entire investigative process.

Sexual assault investigations are complex. As part of our victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we work closely with victims to ensure they’re willing to proceed with a police investigation. Police must also ensure the victim’s privacy is upheld and well-being is fully considered.

If anyone has any further information regarding these offences or other offences please contact Halifax Police at 902 490 5020.  Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip using the P3 Tips App.

 

 

“Cake Lady” gets robbed in Halifax-Help Police

On July 24, 2019, Police were dispatched to a robbery complaint at the “The Cake Lady” located on the boardwalk in Halifax NS. The 14-year-old victim, who was working at the time, told police he had heard a knock on the back door and opened it. A white male, described as 5’8”, in his early 20’s with a goatee wearing a grey hoodie partially covering his face, a green or blue checkered shorts, and white Jordan brand sneakers entered the business. The suspect was holding something in his hand which he pulled under his sleeve and demanded money. He claimed he had a family to feed and told the victim to cooperate and he would not be harmed. The suspect then fled the scene with a very little amount of cash and some rolled change.

Police arrived on scene shortly after and later identified a male matching the description provided on surveillance video from nearby businesses. The suspect male was seen getting into a waiting silver SUV at 7:42 pm, which was parked in front of 1583 Hollis Street. Further review of the video shows the suspect getting out of same SUV on nearby Sackville Street at 7:34 pm.

The vehicle appears to be an early model, silver Honda SUV with a somewhat unique push bar on the front of it.

If the vehicle appears familiar, please contact Halifax Police at 902 490 5020. Anyone with information on this robbery are asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip using the P3 Tips App.

 

Kingston RCMP investigate theft of motorcycles

August 8th, 2019 – Kings County, Nova Scotia

On August 8th, 2019 at 10:25 AM Kings County RCMP received a report that two motorcycles were stolen from a residential property on Union Street in Berwick, Nova Scotia. A black-green Scorpion helmet was stolen as well.

The owner reported the vehicles were stolen sometime between August 7th, 2019 at 6:30pm and August 8th, 2019 at 10:20 am.

The theft occurred when the person(s) responsible broke into a garage on the property.

The vehicles are as listed below:

#1 – Black 1990 Kawasaki ZX1100. Nova Scotia licence plate: 198213,

2# – Green 2001 Kawasaki KL650. Nova Scotia Marker licence plate: 193812,

–        Photo of helmet included in 2nd photo

Anyone with any information regarding these crimes please contact Kingston RCMP Detachment at  (902)765-3317. Should you wish to remain anonymous call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

Nearly $50,000 of tires stolen from store in Lower Truro

Nearly $50,000 of tires stolen from store in Lower Truro

August 8, 2019, Lower Truro, Nova Scotia . . . On August 2, Colchester RCMP responded to a complaint of theft of nearly $50,000 of tires stolen from a store on Robie St. in Lower Truro. The theft occurred during the overnight hours between August 1 and August 2.

The suspects gained entry to the fenced-in garden centre. The tires that were stolen were mostly Winter truck tires. Three kayaks and two stand-up-paddle boards were stolen as well. Investigation has determined a moving-style truck approached the fenced-in area in the early morning hours, and was there for approximately an hour.

Colchester District RCMP is investigating the incident. Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact the RCMP at 902-893-6820.  Should you wish to remain anonymous call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

Police File # 20191144038 refers.

Police continue to investigate disappearance of Kimberly McAndrew

Police continue to investigate disappearance of Kimberly McAndrew

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Kimberly McAndrew and the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division continues to investigate the case.

On August 12, 1989 at 4:20 p.m. 19-year-old Kimberly Ann McAndrew left the Canadian Tire store at 6203 Quinpool Road in Halifax where she was employed as a cashier. There were unconfirmed reports that Kimberly was last seen at the Gardenia Flower Shop in Penhorn Mall in Dartmouth. She was identified by an employee at the flower shop as having bought a balloon and a rose. At the time of her disappearance, Kimberly was wearing pleated navy slacks, a white short-sleeved “Esprit” t-shirt with red and green squares, a navy oversized cardigan, and jade green flat-heeled loafers.

Investigators believe that there are people who have information about what happened to Kimberly. We hope the passage of time will encourage them to do the right thing and share what they know with police. It’s never too late to come forward and the smallest piece of information may be just what’s needed to progress the investigation into Kimberly’s disappearance.

Anyone with information on Kimberly’s disappearance is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip using the P3 Tips App.

Kimberly’s case is part of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program which offers cash rewards of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for specified major unsolved crimes. Callers must contact the Rewards Program at 1-888-710-9090, must provide their name and contact information, and may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The amount of the award will be based on the investigative value of the information provided. Police file number 06-99031 refers.

 

 

 

 

RCMP investigate fatal house fire in Pictou County

RCMP on scene of fatal house fire in Pictou County

 August 17, 2019, Willowdale, Pictou County, Nova Scotia . . . Pictou District RCMP remain on the scene of a fatal house fire in Willowdale, Nova Scotia.

At 5:55 p.m. yesterday, Pictou District RCMP responded to a call of a house on fire on Hwy 347 in Willowdale. Police arrived and were met by East River St. Mary’s Volunteer Fire Department already on the scene. The main level of the residence had collapsed into the basement of the structure and a vehicle parked near the residence was completely damaged by the fire. The RCMP is in the preliminary stages of their investigation and can confirm the remains of one person were located inside the residence.

One lane of the highway was closed until 11 p.m. last night and we are asking that you avoid the area.

The investigation is ongoing and is being led by Pictou District RCMP with assistance from the Nova Scotia Office of the Fire Marshall.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to contact Pictou District RCMP at 902-755-4141. Please quote File# 2019-1232278. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

Halifax Police look to speak with driver in vehicle/cyclist collision

Police look to speak with driver in vehicle/cyclist collision

 Halifax Regional Police are looking to speak with the driver involved in a motor vehicle/cyclist collision that occurred earlier this month in Halifax.

On August 10 at approximately 1 p.m. police responded to a report of a collision between a vehicle and a cyclist in the 3200 block of Devonshire Avenue in Halifax. Both the vehicle and the cyclist were headed southbound on Devonshire Avenue when the cyclist changed lanes in front of the vehicle and was struck. The cyclist, a 30-year-old woman from Halifax, was taken to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle did not remain at the scene after the collision and police are looking to speak with the driver. The vehicle is described as a silver four-door BMW sedan. The vehicle was driven by a woman and believed to have children in the rear seat at the time of the incident.

Police are asking the driver or anyone with information on the incident to call 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or by using the P3 Tips app. Police file 19-113756 refers.

Police charge third man in relation to shooting

Police charge third man in relation to shooting

 

Investigators in the Integrated General Investigation Section of the Criminal Investigation Division have charged a third man in relation to a shooting that occurred on August 9 in Halifax.

On August 9 at approximately 12:35 a.m. police responded to a report of possible gun shots in the area of Spring Garden Road and Dresden Row in Halifax. Officers arrived on scene and confirmed that a shooting had taken place. Shortly after the initial call, at 12:40 a.m., officers located and arrested two male suspects inside Royal Artillery Park in Halifax. A Police Service Dog conducted a track and located a handgun inside Royal Artillery Park.

At 1:20 a.m. that same night police were advised that a 27-year-old male victim, with a non-life-threatening gun shot wound, had arrived at the QEII Hospital.

Jayree Vontaze Downey, 18, of Dartmouth appeared in court today to face the following charges in relation to this incident:

  • Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose contrary to Section 88(1) of the criminal code
  • Carrying a concealed weapon contrary to Section 90(1) of the criminal code
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm contrary to Section 91(1) of the criminal code
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized contrary to Section 92(1) of the criminal code
  • Possession of a firearm knowing the serial number has been tampered contrary to Section 108(1)(b) of the criminal code
  • Possession of a loaded firearm contrary to Section 95(1) of the criminal code
  • Resist arrest contrary to Section 129(a) of the criminal code
  • Attempt murder contrary to Section 239 of the criminal code
  • Accessory after the fact contrary to Section 463(a) of the criminal code

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call police at 902-490-5020.  Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or by using the P3 Tips app. Police file 19-112978 refers.

Thieves steal rifles from Heatherton Break & Enter

Between 2019-08-02 and 2019-08-04, three rifles were stolen from from a break and enter to a residence in Heatherton, NS. Thieves stole the following rifles:

– Winchester 30-30, Model 94

– Lakefield 22 mag. lever action

– Winchester 32 Special

Anyone with information about this crime can call the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Antigonish Detachment at 902-863-6500.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or by using the P3 Tips app. Police file number 20191195425 refers.