Robbery with Violence and Fraud Caution
Over the weekend the North Bay Police responded to 191 calls for service that resulted in 13 arrests. Offences included robbery, assault with a weapon, assaults, domestic assaults, impaired driving, breach of court orders and public intoxication.
Robbery with Violence
At approximately 12:01 a.m. on 2nd March, 3 males armed with a knife, expandable baton, and a pipe forced their way into a John St residence where they demanded money from three other persons in the residence. A quantity of money was turned over, then one of the victims was struck in the head three times with the expandable baton before fleeing the residence. The victim that was struck required medical attention and attended the hospital.
One of the assailants a young offender who was known by one of the victims was arrested at 10:59 a.m. 2nd March and charged with robbery, break enter and commit, 2 counts of assault with a weapon, and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. He has been held in custody for a bail hearing. The investigation is continuing.
The North Bay Police Service would like to remind retailers to be cautious when selling multiple gift cards. A recent investigation revealed that a large number of transactions took place in the city dating back to January 2014. A number of local retailers were victims of fraudulent purchases that were made using stolen credit card data and fake credit cards. The suspects typically target large retail outlets and purchase large quantities of gift cards. The suspect may require multiple attempts with one credit card or try several different credit cards before the transaction is authorized. Cashiers should get suspicious anytime multiple gift cards are requested and contact the police if the person has unusual difficulty with a card or has to use multiple credit cards to make payment.
Any business that believes they have been a victim of this type of credit card fraud is asked to contact their local police agency.