Counterfeit Currency

Public Advisory: Counterfeit Canadian and American Currency in Halifax Region

The Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division is advising local businesses and citizens of the presence of counterfeit bills in our area.

There have been multiple counterfeit bills, Canadian and American, in a variety of denominations passed recently at local businesses.

It is a crime to make, pass or possess counterfeit money. Don’t become a victim – always check the security features in bank notes before accepting them:

To learn more about security features on both Canadian and American bank notes visit:

https://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/counterfeit-prevention

 

Don’t accept a bill you believe is counterfeit. If you think you’ve received a counterfeit bill or if someone attempts to use a bill that appears to be counterfeit, contact police at 902-490-5020.

 

 

 

Stolen Firearm, Halifax

Police request public’s assistance with investigation into stolen RCMP firearm 

Investigators with the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are requesting the public’s assistance with the investigation into the theft of an RCMP service pistol from downtown Halifax that occurred last week.  

Police are releasing a photo of a suspect vehicle that was in the area at the time and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle’s owner and occupants.  The vehicle is described as a 2009-2014, white Acura TSX.

 

Investigators are also requesting anyone that may have video surveillance or dash camera video in the area encompassed by Brunswick Street, Spring Garden Road, Lower Water Street and Cogswell Street on March 9, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to contact police. 

On March 9 between 7:30 p.m and 9:30 pm, an off-duty RCMP officer’s firearm was stolen from their personal vehicle in the 1500 block of Granville Street in Halifax. Also taken were three magazines and ammunition. 

The firearm is described as a silver 9mm Smith & Wesson model 5946 pistol with an RCMP logo showing “RCMP”, a silhouette of a horse and rider and “GRC” inscribed on the right side of the slide. The magazines are also silver. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact 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.

RCMP concerned for safety of break and enter suspect

March 14, 2019, Fox Point, Nova Scotia . . . Lunenburg District RCMP responded to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle on Lighthouse Rd. Police received the call at 2:52 a.m. on March 14.
When the police officers arrived on scene, they discovered a break and enter in progress, and they attempted to arrest the two suspects who were inside the home. One fled into the nearby ocean and was arrested a short time afterwards. The second male fled into the woods, and while he was running, his footwear came off and was later recovered by police. He continued running.
Lunenburg District RCMP is attempting to identify this second male and are concerned for his safety, as he was not properly dressed. He is described as a white male in his twenties, approximately five foot nine inches tall, one hundred forty pounds, brown hair and missing his shoes.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Lunenburg District RCMP at 902-527-5555. 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.

RCMP make arrests and lay charges in Lehave and New Germany break and enters

RCMP make arrests and lay charges in Lunenburg County breaks

March 12, 2019 Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia . . . Between January 27 and February 18, there was a series of break and enters to businesses, homes and sheds in the LaHave and New Germany areas. Lunenburg District RCMP, along with Lunenburg RCMP General Investigative Section (GIS) and the Integrated South Shore Street Crime Unit (SCEU) investigated the crimes and arrested several people. Several charges have been laid to date:

Derick John Powers, 23, of Lunenburg was charged with:

  • Break, Enter, and Theft (7 counts)
  • Breach of Recognizance (9 counts)
  • Possession of Stolen Property (2 counts)
  • Mischief (1 count)

He was arrested, charged and taken to court on February 22 where he was remanded. He is scheduled to return to court on April 12.

Riley Paul Rhodenizer, 20, of New Germany was charged with:

  • Break and Enter (3 counts)

He was arrested, appeared in court on February 27 and was released on conditions. He is scheduled to return to court on March 27.

Derrick Wayne Robar, 27, of Lunenburg was charged with:

 

  • Careless Use of a Firearm
  • Careless storage of a Prohibited Firearm
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
  • Possession of a Restricted Weapon When Not Authorized

Robar was arrested, appeared in court on February 25 and was released on conditions. He is scheduled to return to court on March 27.

A 23-year-old woman from Bridgewater, a 29-year-old woman from East Dalhousie, and a 44-year-old man from New Germany have each been arrested for and are facing charges of 3 counts of Break and Enter and one count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. They were released following their arrests and are scheduled to appar in Bridgewater Provincial Court on April 24.

If anyone has further information about these types of crimes, or other incidents, please call your local RCMP detachment or 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 #s 2019237115 / 2019228378 / 2019219570 / 2019230260 refer.

Two people charged with several drug offences in Lunenburg County

Two people charged with drug offences

March 13, 2019, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia . . . After a month-long investigation led by the Integrated South Shore Street Crime Enforcement Unit (SCEU), two people were arrested following a traffic stop near Gold River.  Lunenburg County General Investigative Section and the Criminal Intelligence Service of Nova Scotia (CISNS) South Shore assisted with the investigation and subsequent charges that also resulted in the search of a home in Western Shore. Cash, cocaine and several other types of drugs were found during the searches of the vehicle and home. Both individuals arrested appeared in court on March 12.

Jill Corine Demont, 43, of Western Shore faces the following charges:

  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of Methylphenidate for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of MDMA for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of psilocybin for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of Benzocaine Intending That it Will be Used to Traffic in Cocaine

Demont was released and is scheduled to return to Bridgewater Provincial Court on April 10.

Quentin Maurice Sykes, 37, of Bridgewater faces the following charges:

  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Breach of Probation

Sykes was remanded into custody and will appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on March 14.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this or similar incidents is asked to contact Lunenburg District RCMP at 902-527-5555. 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 # 2019262421 refers.

2017 death of Halifax man ruled a homicide

The 2017 death of the victim of an aggravated assault has been ruled a homicide and police are releasing the name of the victim.

On July 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., police responded to an injured person call at the corner of Buddy Daye and Gottingen Streets. Officers found a man with a head injury at the scene. He was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries where he remained until he passed away on August 28, 2017.

The Medical Examiner Service conducted an autopsy, and after completing further in-depth testing, ruled the death a homicide. Investigators are now in a position to identify the victim as 51-year-old Benjamin Loka Lokeny of Halifax.

Through the investigation, officers obtained information that Benjamin had been assaulted by another man believed to be known to him. Investigators believe there are people who have information that could help solve Benjamin’s murder and they are asking them to do the right thing and come forward with what they know.

Anyone with information about Benjamin’s murder is asked to call 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 by using the P3 Tips App.

Our thoughts remain with Benjamin’s family and friends on the loss of their loved one.

Police investigate theft of a microscope

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in relation to the theft of a microscope that was stolen from Dalhousie University.

On March 1, police received a report of a theft that had occurred at the from a lab in the Life Sciences Building at Dalhousie University in Halifax. On February 29, between 7:45 p.m. and 10 p.m., a Zeiss AxioLab A1 FL-LED microscope valued at over $30,000 was stolen along with a laptop computer.

Anyone with information in relation to the theft is asked to call 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 by using the P3 Tips App.

Nova Scotia RCMP want you to recognize, reject and report fraud

March 11, 2019, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia . . . March is Fraud Prevention Month and the Nova Scotia RCMP want to help you recognize, reject and report fraud.

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud, losing millions of dollars. Most don’t think it could happen to them, but fraudsters use sophisticated ways to target people of all ages. According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Nova Scotians lost $375,476.87 to fraudsters in 2018.

The top five scams in Nova Scotia in 2018 based on dollar losses were:

1 – Romance scams

Scammers capitalize on the vulnerability of those looking for love or companionship to extract significant amounts of money from victims.

2 – Extortion scams

Scammers come up with new reasons why you urgently need to pay them money.

3 – Merchandise scams

Scammers sell fake, imitated or poor quality products and advertise them at low prices so the victim thinks they’re getting a good deal.

4 – Sale of merchandise by complainant

Scammers pose as online buyers and trick the seller into taking their merchandise, money, or both.

5 – Service scams

Scammers pretend to represent a well-known computer based company and claim the victim’s computer has viruses, or has been hacked, and must be cleaned. The victim pays for a service that was never needed.

The Romance scam has continued to be the number one scam affecting Nova Scotians for the past three years for both the general population and seniors specifically.

The best way to fight these types of crimes is through awareness and education. Throughout the month of March, Nova Scotia RCMP is sharing tips and tricks on social media to help you fight fraud, so be sure to follow us on Facebook (Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Nova Scotia) and Twitter (@RCMPNS). Also review the Competition Bureau of Canada’s Little Black Book of Scams to learn about the twelve most common scams affecting Canadians, how to protect yourself and what to do if you’re a victim

RCMP investigating suspicious circumstances

March 12, 2019, Liverpool, Nova Scotia… Liverpool RCMP is investigating a matter which involved a suspicious person who is alleged to have approached a young girl last month at a school in Liverpool.

The matter was reported to Liverpool RCMP on March 6. Police were told that between February 1 and February 14, a man approached an 8-year-old girl outside the entrance to Dr. J.C. Wickwire Academy. He offered her toys and candy, and she was not hurt. Police are not able to provide an exact description at this time, however the girl has described him as a tall man with a deep voice, and that he may have been wearing a colourful costume.

The RCMP is working with the school to review surveillance video and determine the identity of the individual. Police would like to advise members of the community that they have not had any other similar complaints in the area, and they are working with the school staff to ensure the safety of the students. Anyone with information about this incident, or anyone who has concerns about suspicious activity in the community, is asked to contact Queens District RCMP at 902-354-5721. 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.

RCMP firearm stolen

Investigators with the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the theft of an RCMP service pistol from downtown Halifax.

On March 9 between 7:40 p.m and 9:30 pm, an off-duty RCMP officer’s firearm was stolen from their personal vehicle in the 5100 block of Granville Street in Halifax. Also taken were three magazines and ammunition.

The firearm is described as a silver 9mm Smith & Wesson model 5946 pistol with an RCMP logo showing “RCMP”, a silhouette of a horse and rider and “GRC” inscribed on the right side of the slide. The magazines are also silver.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact 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