Sextortion – it’s a thing you need to know about

May 30, 2018, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia . . . Since January 1, 2018, Halifax District RCMP has responded to six incidents of “sextortion” and the RCMP would like to warn the public about this scam.

The term “sextortion” has been used to describe a situation where an online relationship evolves to the point where the suspect, whom the victim has only met online, requests the victim perform a sex act during an online video chat. The suspect then reveals to the victim that they have surreptitiously recorded the act, demands money, and threatens to release the video to the victim’s contacts if they don’t comply.

In five of the six cases the victims were men and the suspect was a woman. The age range of the victims was from 17 to 52. In only one of the incidents, a victim sent money as demanded.

While the videos were never sent to the victim’s contacts as the suspect threatened to do in all six incidents, that doesn’t mean it will never happen.  S/Sgt. Royce MacRae, of Nova Scotia RCMP Tech Crime Unit, says, “If you make a video or take a photo and that device has the ability to connect to the internet, the content can potentially be seen by anyone. One way to protect yourself from this type of scam is to avoid accepting friend requests from strangers.”

Some of the investigations are ongoing and some have been concluded without charges being laid, as the suspects cannot be located or identified.

Halifax District RCMP is asking the public to report any suspicious activity at 902-490-5020. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre can also be contacted for assistance, at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm

Police continue to investigate the 2008 murder of Daniel Newman

Police continue to investigate the  homicide of Daniel Martin Newman and investigators are continuing to ask anyone with information to come forward to police.

On June 1, 2008 at approximately 3:30 a.m., Daniel’s body was discovered in a pathway near the former St. Patrick’s-Alexandra School on Maitland Street in Halifax by people who were walking home through the area. The Medical Examiner determined that Daniel, 65, had been stabbed.

Investigators believe there are people who have information that could help solve Daniel’s murder. No matter how insignificant the information may seem, it could be that missing piece of the puzzle that will advance the investigation.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about Daniel’s murder who hasn’t already spoken to police 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 texting a tip using the P3 Tips App.

This case is part of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program.

Shelburne RCMP issues warning to community about fentanyl 

June 2, 2018, Shelburne, Nova Scotia . . . At 8:38 p.m. on June 1, members of Shelburne RCMP responded to a 911 call on George St. indicating the caller’s friend was having seizures related to drug use. Seven adults, aged 18 to 28 years, and a two year-old child were found in the home.

One person, who had been experiencing seizures, admitted to using fentanyl and was administered Naloxone by an RCMP officer. That individual, as well as three other people who admitted to having used cocaine, required further medical attention and were transported to hospital. All other occupants of the home were examined by EHS for signs of fentanyl exposure and were cleared. The child was placed in the care of another family member. A 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene for violation of parole conditions and is being held in custody.

The RCMP members at the scene were also examined by EHS for signs of fentanyl exposure and were cleared.

As a result of this incident, RCMP is warning residents of the Shelburne area about the dangers of illicit drugs like fentanyl and the possibility of fentanyl-laced cocaine. “Fentanyl is dangerous and deadly drug that can be mixed with a variety of different drugs,” says Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, Nova Scotia RCMP. “Our primary concern is public safety and we want people to ensure they are aware of what may be circulating and to take the necessary precautions or rethink choices they may be about to make.”

Fentanyl overdoes and deaths are common throughout Canada and Nova Scotia is beginning to see cases. If anyone has any information about the trafficking of fentanyl or other drugs which may be easily laced with fentanyl they are encouraged to call their local police department or information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Have you seen these vehicles

June 4, 2018, Windsor Junction & Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia … Halifax District RCMP is asking for public assistance in locating a truck and trailer, and an SUV that were reported stolen on Sunday morning.

The truck and trailer were located at a business on Greentree Ave in Windsor Junction and last seen on the evening of June 1. The truck is a white 2015 Dodge Ram 2500 truck with Nova Scotia license plate FCP958. The trailer is a 24 foot enclosed trailer with Nova Scotia license plate T382496. The trailer also has company decals “GB Millwork Inc.” on both sides of it.

A brown 2008 Ford Edge SUV with Nova Scotia license CBN900 was stolen sometime during the night on Saturday from a home on Laurie Dr. in Lower Sackville.

If you have any information regarding these thefts you are asked to contact the Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020. 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 investigate robbery

Halifax Regional Police are investigating a robbery that occurred on May 26th, in Dartmouth.

At approximately 1:05 a.m., officers responded to a Robbery at The Hearthstone Inn at 313 Prince Albert Rd., Dartmouth. Staff stated that a white male entered Riley’s Bar which is located within the Hearthstone Inn; demanded cash while holding a knife.  The male suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a white male, in his mid twenties, wearing a dark jacket and a mask covering his face. K9 attended but was unable to locate the suspect.

Investigators in the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are currently investigating this incident and are asking anyone with information about this incident 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 

Help the RCMP solve two convenience store break-ins

May 25, 2018, Lunenburg and Queens Counties, Nova Scotia . . . On May 8, Lunenburg District RCMP and Queens District RCMP responded to two separate break and enters at convenience stores in Barss Corner and Caledonia. The RCMP believe the breaks are related. In both cases, the glass in the entry door was broken while the store was closed. Several items were stolen from the stores, including cash and cigarettes.

Anyone who may have information about these incidents is asked to call Lunenburg District RCMP at 902-527-5555 or 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.

Break and Enter in Stewiacke

May 24, 2018, Stewiacke, Nova Scotia . . . Colchester District RCMP is investigating a complaint of Break, Enter and Theft that occurred between May 22 and May 24, from the garage of a residence on Pleasant Hill.

The suspect(s) entered a garage and took construction tools, including a power drill, from within. The door was not locked at the time. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Colchester District RCMP at 902-896-5000. 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.

Attempted robbery on walking trail

May 25, 2018, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia … Halifax District RCMP is investigating after responding to a complaint of an attempted armed robbery on a walking trail around 5 p.m. last evening.

A 15-year-old male was walking along the trail that connects Cole Harbour Place and Amaranth Cres., when he was approached by an unknown youth who was holding a knife and wanted money. The victim ran from the male and was not injured. The incident took place on the trail in the area of Amaranth Cres. and John Stewart Dr.

The suspect is described as a white male, mid-teens, approximately 6’ tall and 150 lbs, with brown hair. He was wearing a dark blue t-shirt, jeans, and black sneakers.

The investigation is continuing. If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020. 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.

Break @ Enter

May 25, 2018, Lunenburg and Queens Counties, Nova Scotia . . . On May 8, Lunenburg District RCMP and Queens District RCMP responded to two separate break and enters at convenience stores in Barss Corner and Caledonia. The RCMP believe the breaks are related. In both cases, the glass in the entry door was broken while the store was closed. Several items were stolen from the stores, including cash and cigarettes.

Anyone who may have information about these incidents is asked to call Lunenburg District RCMP at 902-527-5555 or 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.

Break & Enter

May 24, 2018, Stewiacke, Nova Scotia . . . Colchester District RCMP is investigating a complaint of Break, Enter and Theft that occurred between May 22 and May 24, from the garage of a residence on Pleasant Hill.

The suspect(s) entered a garage and took construction tools, including a power drill, from within. The door was not locked at the time. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Colchester District RCMP at 902-896-5000. 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.