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Assault, break-in, traffic violations among RCMP report for Prince County, P.E.I.

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Weekly report from Dec. 3 to 9

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Editor’s Note: A total of 95 occurrences were investigated by Prince District RCMP between Dec. 3 and 9. The following are some of the noteworthy incidents and investigations:

RCMP investigating break-in

On Dec. 3 at around 4 p.m., West Prince RCMP received a call of a break-in at a residence in O’Leary. The occupant of the residence had been hospitalized for a few days and returned to find his apartment had been broken into. Food, medication and jewelry were missing. The matter is still under investigation.

Man charged with assault

On Dec. 3, around 11 p.m., West Prince RCMP attended a residence in Cape Wolfe to investigate an assault. A 37-year-old man was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats towards a woman. He is scheduled to appear in court in early January.

Checkpoint conducted

On Dec. 4 around noon, West Prince RCMP, along with Highway Safety officials, conducted a checkpoint on Church Street in Alberton. Around 300 vehicles were checked, and a few verbal warnings were issued.

Driver passes school bus

On Dec. 6, around 4 p.m., East Prince RCMP received a complaint of a vehicle that drove through the school bus lights and stop sign on Route 1A in Albany. The vehicle was described as a black Dodge pickup. No plate was obtained however the vehicle had ‘2008 Dodge’ on the front plate. The matter is still under investigation.

Fraud complaint investigated

On Dec. 7 around 12:30 p.m., West Prince RCMP received a fraud complaint from a resident of Ascension. The complainant had sent an e-transfer to secure the purchase of a phone that was for sale on Facebook. The seller then blocked the complainant from Facebook and the complainant has not heard from the seller since. Similar cases have been reported on Kijiji. The matter is still under investigation.

The public is reminded to be cautious when making a purchase from unknown people or companies that require e-transfer of funds prior to the buyer receiving the item. When meeting to purchase an item, meet in a public place, exchange the money for the item at the same time. Remember to check the seller’s profile, do they live in the area? How long have they had their profile? Research your item to ensure it is priced correctly and remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Recaps and Reminders

During this past week, Prince District RCMP received 15 traffic-related complaints. The complaints pertained to vehicles alleged to be driving erratically and speeding, as well as reports of traffic hazards on the roadway. RCMP continue to conduct checkpoints throughout the month of December, in various communities across Prince County, targeting cell phone use, seat belts, distracted driving and impaired driving.

Anyone with information regarding these investigations or other criminal activity is asked to call the RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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