Cops and robbers, Jan. 10, 2014

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The following is a compilation of Cornwall police briefs, where typical cop jargon is replaced with a more interesting point of view. All of the accused are innocent until proven guilty.

Banking on a scam leads to charges

A pair of Cornwall teenagers learned the hard way that crime doesn't pay.

An 18-year-old and a 16-year-old youth from Cornwall were arrested on Jan. 9 for fraud-related charges.

Police allege on Nov. 28, 2013, the 16-year-old opened a bank account using the 18-year-old's ID with her permission. On the same date a deposit was made with an empty envelope and a withdrawal was made in the amount of $100. On Nov. 29, 2013, a second deposit was made with an empty envelope and a second withdrawal of $100 was made.

During an unrelated investigation police learned of the crime and an investigation ensued.

Both were arrested resulting in the 16-year-old being charged with fraud under $5000, forgery, identity fraud and breach of probation for failing to keep the peace. The 18-year-old was charged with fraud under $5000. They were released with a future court date.

Police catch man wanted in Cornwall for sexual assault

A lengthy search for an Oshawa man wanted in Cornwall for alleged crimes committed in 2013 is finally over. With a little help from their colleagues in Durham, local police were able to apprehend Donald Mc Bride on Jan. 8.

Police allege in the early morning hours of Aug. 12, 2013, he attended a Vincent Massey Drive hotel and met with a 26-year-old Whitby woman. An argument between the two erupted, and the man allegedly slapped her in the face, pinned her down and inappropriately touched her. Prior to leaving the area the man advised her that he had a gun and threatened to kill her.

The man’s whereabouts remained unknown until police were notified on Jan. 8 that he was in the custody of Durham police. The man was transported to Cornwall and held for a bail hearing. He was charged with assault, sexual assault and threats.

Hospital meltdown results in death threats

A 26-year-old woman from Cornwall gave hospital staff an unhealthy dose of backlash, police say.

Police attended the Cornwall Community Hospital – Second Street site to deal with an unruly patient on Jan. 9. When they arrived on the scene the woman allegedly threatened to punch and kill the staff at the hospital.

She was transported to police headquarters where she was held for a bail hearing. The woman is facing charges of threats to life, threats to cause bodily harm and failing to keep the peace.

Organizations: Vincent Massey Drive hotel, Cornwall Community Hospital

Geographic location: Cornwall, Oshawa, Whitby Durham

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