The victim was walking on Scott St at approximately 4:00am. He was approached by two unknown males and punched in the face. There is no description of the males available. The victim suffered a broken jaw and a black eye. Police are continuing to investigate. If anyone knows anything about this incident, please call St. Thomas Police (519) 631-1330 or call Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.
New Traffic Projects
Police will be monitoring the area of Manor Rd between Chestnut Street and Fairview Ave for a period of time as a result of increased speeds being reported. St. Thomas Police actively enforce the speed limit inside the city. A total of 1897 speeding tickets were issued in 2012.
Also, the parking issue in and around the new Court House construction area has become a concern again. Due to the high volume of traffic and construction vehicles, parking spaces are limited. Residents residing in the area are reminded they can obtain a two hour extended permit (pink tag) from city hall allowing them an additional two hours of parking in that area, as long as they don’t exceed a five hour limit.
Taxi cab robbery
St. Thomas Police Service continues to investigate Robbery crimes against Red Line Taxi Cab driver in conjunction with Oxford and Brant County O.P.P. who had similar incidents in their area.
On Sunday January 6, 2013 at approximately 3:15 a.m. Red Line Taxi was called for a fare at the Waterworks Park, St. Thomas. When the driver arrived she was approached by two masked males and was assaulted. The crime was interrupted by a second taxi operator attending the area.
On Wednesday January 2, 2013 at approximately 12:34 a.m. the Grand River Taxi Co. Paris was called to the Paris Golf Course for a fare. Upon arrival the driver was approached by two masked males who produced a weapon and demanded money of him. A similar incident occurred on Thursday December 20th, 2012 at the Ingersoll Golf & Country Club, Ingersoll.
In all three incidents the suspects have similar descriptions and chose isolated locations for pickup during early morning hours.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should immediately contact their local Police Service, or the Ontario Provincial Police at 1 – 888 – 310 -1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.
Taxi Cab Operators are cautioned to be aware of fares.
•Obtain as much information as possible prior to pick up
•Obtain a call back number, and call back to confirm correct information
•Be clear of instructions
•Know where you are going and be sure your dispatch is aware
•Keep taxi cab doors locked at all times
•Carry minimal cash and/or valuables
•Stay in your cab until you are comfortable with your client
•Pick up fare in well lighted areas if at all possible
•Consider installing safety screen/ shield(s)
•Consider installing and using video surveillance/cameras
•Stay calm, obtain as many details about suspect as possible and write them down at earliest opportunity.
•If situation make you feel nervous drive away.