Press Release

Male arrested for fraud and identity theft offences

On Monday January 24, 2022, a Smiths Falls auto dealership, contacted police to report a suspected fraudulent transaction by one of their customers.  Investigation revealed that the suspect had completed the online finance application and did so fraudulently by using identity documents that were not his own in attempts to purchase a vehicle exceeding $100,000.00. 

On Tuesday January 25, 2022, at approximately 4:54 p.m., 58-year-old, Ghislain GALIPEAU, of Laval, Quebec, attended the dealership and was subsequently placed under arrest. 

GALIPEAU stands charged with the following:  Possess Identity documents x2, Identity Fraud, Identity Theft, Fraud over $5000.00 and Obstruct Peace Officer. 

GALIPEAU was held for a bail hearing to answer to these outstanding charges.

Male arrested for shoplifting

On Friday January 28, 2022, at approximately 11 a.m., police received a call to attend a Lombard Street business for a report of a male shoplifter.  Investigation revealed that the 29-year-old male suspect, of Smiths Falls, had selected several pieces of merchandise, concealed these items and exited the business and did not make any attempt to pay.

The suspect was issued an Appearance notice and will appear in court at a future date.

***The charges in these matters have not been proven in court***

The Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information regarding this incident, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283-0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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