Weekly Frauds – Man Arrested For Mischief – Man Arrested After Assaulting Roommates

Media Release

Monday, April 3rd, 2017


Tax Season Is Upon Us But It is Open Season For Fraudsters

As most Lindsay residents have either already or are about to submit their taxes, Kawartha Lakes Police are noticing an increase in the number of reported attempts by fraudsters to rip you off.

In the last week alone, there have been three reported attempts by fraudsters posing as representatives of the Canada Revenue Agency, who have contacted area residents and attempted to convince them that Apple iTunes cards are a good way of paying off your taxes, which are reportedly in areers. Over the past week, Kawartha Lakes Police have also had reports of fraudulent rental properties being posted on Kijiji and one report of a person who fell victim to the computer virus fraud.

Tax season is upon us, but it is open season for any fraud. As such, Kawartha Lakes Police is reminding residents to be extra vigilant when you receive unsolicited random telephone calls from people claiming to represent government agencies or companies. Remember! Do not provide personal information over the telephone and always take the time to confirm that the caller is legitimate by obtaining a callback number and checking with authorities. For more information on current and ongoing frauds, please visit http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm .


Threats & Smashing Glass No April Fools Joke

Kawartha Lakes Police were called to a Melbourne Street East apartment early Sunday morning after residents heard a lot of glass being smashed and a person inside uttering threats to kill someone.

At 4:12 a.m. on Sunday, April 1st, 2017 Kawartha Lakes Police officers responded to a disturbance call at a Melbourne Street East apartment building. When they arrived outside the door, they could hear glass being smashed inside and a male person uttering numerous threats to harm someone. Officers entered the apartment they located an out of control man who had destroyed the inside of the apartment. Furniture had been smashed and couches overturned. The man was also threatening to kill and injure two people who were not present. Officers were able to safely arrest the man and return him to Kawartha Lakes Police.

22-year-old Justin Edison Follett of Lindsay was charged with Mischief Under $5000.00 and two counts of Uttering a Threat to Cause Death. He will appear in the Lindsay, Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday, May 4th, 2017.


Man Snaps After Early Morning Call

A Lindsay man was detained in custody after he snapped early Sunday morning, assaulting and threatening his roommates and refusing to let them leave their apartment.

Kawartha Lakes Police were contacted by a third party shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 1st, 2017 after they had received a text message from a friend who requested they contact Police as they were being held against their will. Police responded to a Kent Street West apartment where they spoke with a man and his girlfriend. The investigation revealed that the man had received a telephone call from an acquaintance early Sunday morning. The call was answered by the man’s roommate who refused to let the caller speak with the man. The roommate became enraged that he had been disturbed and began to assault the man and his girlfriend and also threatened the caller.

At one point he struck the girlfriend of the man with an empty liquor bottle. When the man and his girlfriend tried to leave the roommate used his dog to prevent them from leaving.

20-year-old Devon Daniel Oliver was arrested and held in custody for a bail hearing. He faces charges of Assault With a Weapon, Assault and Uttering Threats. Oliver will appear in the Lindsay, Ontario Court of Justice on Monday, April 3rd, 2017.