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Halifax Regional Police issues warning about “virtual kidnapping scam”

Halifax Regional Police is warning the public after a student from China was targeted in a “virtual kidnapping” extortion scam.

At approximately 4:30 a.m., Halifax Regional Police received a report that a female student from China, studying in Halifax, had been kidnapped, and her family in China had been contacted to pay a ransom for her return. Through the investigation, officers located the 22-year-old woman, who was not physically harmed, at approximately 10: 30 a.m. Investigators have determined that the incident was an elaborate extortion scam also known as a virtual kidnapping. The investigation is in the early stages and limited details are available at this time.

This is the first report of this extortion scam in Halifax but it has occurred in other areas of the country. The scam begins with a call to a student advising that there is a warrant for their arrest in China, or that the Chinese police need their help with an investigation. The scammers eventually convince the victim to record fake videos that make it appear they have been kidnapped or are the victim of another crime.

The scammers send the videos to the victim’s family members who are extorted for money. The victim is then told to go into hiding from Canadian police. The victims have generally been women in their early 20s from China, who are in Canada studying on a student visa. The scammers are not likely in Canada.

Police want to remind all international students studying in Halifax that police officers from another country will not arrest you in Canada. Legitimate contact from the authorities from your country will be through your local police. Police officers will not ask you to take photos or videos of yourself pretending to be the victim of a crime. Police officers are here to help you and you should reach out to your local police if a situation arises that makes you feel frightened or confused.

This incident remains under investigation by members of the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Section. Investigators are asking anyone who may have been the victim of a similar incident to contact police.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (902) 490-5016. Anonymous tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. or by using the P3 Tips App.

Break & Enters

Recent break and enters target vacant homes

May 18, 2018, Cow Bay, Nova Scotia … Halifax District RCMP is asking residents to contact police if you observe any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood following 6 break and enters in to homes in the Cow Bay and Eastern Passage communities since May 6. The homes were targeted during the daytime. Those responsible stole televisions, XBox, money and other electronics.

The investigations are continuing. If you have any information about these incidents you are asked contact Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit by secure online tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or use the P3 Tips App.

Robbery

Halifax Regional Police investigate a robbery that occurred Thursday morning in Halifax.

At approximately 1:23 a.m. on May 17, police responded to a robbery in progress at the Irving gas station located at 2499 Robie Street, Halifax. A woman entered; stated she had weapon and demanded cash. No weapons were seen. The woman fled on a bicycle towards North St. K9 attended but were unable to locate the woman.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident or the other suspects 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

Police seek Driver who fled from Motor Vehicle Collision,

On Saturday, May 12 at approx. 1120 hrs, Halifax Regional Police attempted to stop a vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign in the area of Bayview Rd and Woodbank Terrace, Halifax. The officer activated their emergency lights and siren and the driver did not pull over, the officer did not pursue the vehicle.

Police subsequently located the vehicle a short distance away, it had collided with a house in the 0-100 Block of Clayton Park Drive, Halifax. The driver, who was the lone occupant, fled the scene on foot, leaving the scene of the accident. A K9 track was attempted, however the suspect was not located.

No one was injured in the home.

The suspect is described as black male, 20-30 years-old, approximately 6 ft tall, he was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans at the time of the incident.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspect 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 using the P3 Tips App.

Break & Enter

Police investigate stolen firearms

Members of the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are investigating a break and enter that occurred in Halifax last week.

On April 20, at 11:08 p.m., police responded to a report of a break and enter at a residence on Thornhill Drive in Halifax that is believed to have occurred sometime between, April 18 and when the call was received. Several items were taken, including three firearms.

Investigators are asking anyone with information in relation to this incident 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 using the P3 Tips App.

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Shooting

April 23, 2018  (1835 Hrs)

Members of the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are investigating a shooting that occurred in the parking lot of 114 Woodlawn Dr. Dartmouth.

At 1523hrs police responded to a report of a shooting that had just occurred at 114 Woodlawn Dr. Dartmouth. Investigators determined that a victim had been shot. A male victim in his twenties was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone with information about this incident 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

Person wanted for Stabbing.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the man captured in video and photos in relation to the stabbings that occurred at The Toothy Moose on March 18.2018.

Police responded to The Toothy Moose, 1661 Argyle Street, at 1 a.m. for a report of a man who had been stabbed inside the establishment. A 38-year-old man was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and a 27-year-old man also suffered a minor stab wound during the incident. Later in the investigation police learned that a third man had also suffered stab wounds during the incident.

Investigators with the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are seeking identification of the man captured in the video and photos.

If you can identify the man in the photos and video please 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 investigate after shot fired at home

April 9, 2018, North Preston, Nova Scotia … Halifax District RCMP responded to a complaint at 2:42 a.m. on Sunday morning, after receiving a 911 call of a home being shot at.

Five people, including a young child, were not injured after someone fired a single gunshot at the window of a home on Cain St. in North Preston. As a result, the window and interior of the home was damaged.

The investigation is ongoing, being led by the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division with assistance from the RCMP Forensic Identification Unit.

If you have any information regarding this incident you are asked to contact Halifax District RCMP or Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.

Vacant properties targeted by thieves

April 9, 2018, Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia … Halifax District RCMP is investigating recent break and enters in to vacant properties.

On April 6, RCMP received a complaint of an attempted break and enter in to a cottage on the Moose River Rd. in Long Lake. Although suspect(s) did not gain access, damage was caused to a gate and a window at the property. The incident occurred between the evening of April 4 and early morning of April 6.

RCMP in Sheet Harbour received a complaint on April 6 of a home on the Church Point Rd. in Sheet Harbour, having been targeted by thieves. Sometime between April 2 and 11 a.m. on April 6, suspect(s) entered the unoccupied home. Although nothing appeared to have been taken, the entire home was ransacked.

On April 6, Sheet Harbour RCMP responded to a theft of a red 2004 Honda ATV from a vacant home on Highway 7 in Watt Section. It appears the theft occurred sometime between March 1 and April 6.

RCMP responded to a complaint on April 6 of a break and enter in to a garage on Tenshire Crt. In Middle Sackville. Sometime between midnite and 9 a.m., suspect(s) entered the garage and stole power tools and goalie hockey equipment. The power tools consisted of a Dewalt Impact gun, Dewalt Circular saw and an air compressor.

RCMP received a complaint on April 7 of a break and enter in to a cottage on Nadine Dr. in Porters Lake. It is unknown what was taken during the break.

On April 8, RCMP responded to a complaint of a break and enter in to a garage at a residence on the Lindsay Lake Rd. in Lindsay Lake. The theft is thought to have occurred earlier in the day and suspect(s) stole a tool chest containing tools.

If you have any information regarding these incidents you are asked to contact Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.

Attempted thefts result in extensive damage to vehicles

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Motor Cycle Revovered

 

April 9, 2018, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia … Halifax District RCMP were kept busy on Saturday responding to complaints involving thieves targeting vehicles parked at homes.

At 7 a.m. on April 7, an owner of a motorcycle awoke to find their orange 1996 Honda CBR900 motorcycle stolen from their property. At the same time, they discovered their Subaru vehicle had its ignition damaged and the vehicle moved through the night. This incident occurred between 8 p.m. on April 6 and 7 a.m. on April 7 on Realty Ave. in Lower Sackville.

Sometime between 11:30 p.m. on April 6 and 11:30 a.m. on April 7, suspect(s) entered a yard on Hallmark Ave. in Lower Sackville where they damaged the ignition of a Pontiac Vibe that was parked in their driveway.

Another vehicle was targeted in a driveway on Old Sackville Rd. in Lower Sackville between 10:30 p.m. April 6 and 12:30 p.m. on April 7. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle and damaged the steering column and ignition of the Chevrolet Venture van during an attempt to steal the vehicle.

On April 7, RCMP received a complaint of a stolen dump trailer from a construction site in Beaver Bank. The trailer, a black 2008 Bri-Mar DT71, 6×12 dump trailer was bearing Nova Scotia plate# T288290. The theft occurred between 7 p.m. on April 6 and 10:30 a.m. on April 7.

If you have any information regarding these incidents you are asked to contact Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.