Port Hope Police Media Release – Arson Charges/Theft From Vehicle/ATM Skimmer

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Fire results in arson charges laid by Police

On the 26th of June 2018 shortly after 3:00pm Police and Fire officials responded to a garage fire in the municipality’s east end. The fire was discovered when one of the occupants opened the garage door of the single family dwelling.  Emergency services were contacted. Neighbours assisted in attempting to extinguish the fire. Fire officials arrived on scene and the fire was extinguished with damage contained to the garage area.  Port Hope Police commenced and investigation into the fire along with Port Hope Fire Department and a forensic identification officer. Information was collected which directed Police to issue a zone alert for a family member who left the scene, prior to the fire commencing, after an argument during which threats were uttered.    Peterborough Police located the man at 9:00pm and placed him under arrest. He was delivered to Port Hope Police Services. The man is charged with threatening, arson with disregard for human life and failing to comply with a probation order. He was held in custody pending a show cause hearing. Damage estimate to the garage not know at the time of this release.

Theft from unlocked vehicle

An Arthur Street man reported his unlocked vehicle entered overnight 25/26 June. Inside a paramedic uniform was taken along with a paramedic bag containing helmet phone and sunglasses.  Anyone with information is asked to call Port Hope Police 905-885-8123, email phps@phps.on.ca or crime stoppers.

ATM targeted with skimmer

On the 25th of June in the evening hours two males attended the Scotia Bank on Walton Street and attached a skimmer over the card intake and a camera to capture the pin codes.  Shortly after a male used the ATM with the skimmer attached.  He received his money but not his card.  The two then returned and removed the skimmer attachment. Later the male noted withdrawals totalling over $3000.00 from his account.  When the bank was notified a check of the surveillance revealed the fraud. The suspects are described as male white wearing a red hoody and another male in black t-shirt.  Police are advising citizens to be wary of such scams when using ATM machines.  Police suggest tugging on the card intake to see if there are any attachments on the intake. Further it is important to cover the key pad with the other hand when entering the PIN.  The investigation is continuing.

Man charged with driving while disqualified.

A 26 year old Port Hope man has been charged with driving a motor vehicle while disqualified. On the 26th of June 2018 shortly before 3:00pm he was observed by Police driving an ATV on McCaul Street in Port Hope.  Police directed the man to stop the vehicle. The man is currently prohibited from driving as a result of a criminal code conviction.  He was charged with driving whole disqualified and given a court date for later in July.  Mario Aiello is charged.

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