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Police blotter: Generators stolen from wind turbines

NORFOLK – Thieves have struck at nearly half a dozen wind-turbine sites along the lakeshore in Haldimand in recent days.

They have their sights set on small generating units installed in these locations. Five yellow and black 1,200-watt generators have been stolen over the past week. Each generator is worth about $400.

The generators are used to power the air navigation lights on top of the giant turbines. These lights warn passing aircraft at night that tall structures are in the vicinity.

“Those responsible for removing these generators are probably of the belief that it is only stealing a generator and is not going to hurt anyone,” Insp. Phil Carter of the Haldimand OPP said in a news release. “What they don’t realize is that they are putting small aircraft in danger of striking these towers.”

Anyone with information regarding these thefts is asked to contact the Haldimand OPP at 1-905-772-3322 or Crime Stoppers of Haldimand, Norfolk & Tillsonburg at 1-800-222-8477.

Break in on West Street

A burglar robbed a house in Simcoe on the weekend while the occupants slept.

The break-in occurred between 5 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Sunday on West Street.

Stolen was an Xbox gaming console, video games and some movies.

Norfolk OPP are investigating.

Wallet stolen from vehicle

A wallet was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in Simcoe on the weekend.

The theft occurred on Colborne Street North in the early morning hours Sunday.

The wallet contained personal and financial information.

“Police are urging all residents to lock their vehicle at all times and to remove any valuables,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said in a news release. “Always secure your vehicle doors when parking your vehicle, even if you are only going to be away a few minutes. Remove valuables from your vehicle. If you can’t, then keep them from plain view.”

Lumber stolen from building site

Lumber was stolen from a residential construction site in Simcoe last week.

The theft occurred in the early morning hours Friday on Driftwood Drive.

Norfolk OPP are investigating.

Licence plate stolen

A licence plate was stolen from a vehicle in Port Dover last week.

The theft occurred on Regent Avenue sometime Friday.

“The OPP want to remind all community residents that if they observe any suspicious activity to please contact the police immediately,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said in a news release.

Thief thwarted in Simcoe

A thief failed in an attempt to steal a pickup truck in Simcoe this week.

Sometime between 1:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Monday, the suspect broke into a locked pickup on Chapel Street.

The steering column was damaged in an attempt to start the vehicle. An iPod that was locked inside the truck was taken.

Norfolk OPP are investigating.

SUV stolen at the fair

A Yukon Denali was stolen from the Norfolk County Fairgrounds this week.

The theft occurred sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday.

The Denali is manufactured by GMC and was a model year 2003. The missing vehicle is black in colour.

Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to call the Norfolk OPP at 519-426-3434 or Crime Stoppers of Haldimand, Norfolk & Tillsonburg at 1-800-222-8477.

Impaired charges in Caledonia

A Haldimand man was charged with impaired driving following a rear-end collision last week in Caledonia.

Haldimand OPP report a Dodge vehicle was stopped at a light at the intersection of Argyle Street and Braemer Avenue when it was hit from behind by a Hyundai.

No injuries were reported. The incident occurred at 8:55 p.m. Friday.

While speaking to the driver of the Hyundai, an investigating officer with the Haldimand OPP noticed signs of impairment.

Kevin Hey, 46, has been charged with impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol content in excess of the legal limit.