On April 22, 2020 at approximately 4:40 p.m. the Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit arrested a 25-year-old individual following a complaint that someone was observed personating a police officer.
Investigation revealed that on April 17, 2020 1:00 p.m. the complainant along with his family were riding their bikes in the area of Watson Road South and Stone Road in the Township of Puslinch when a vehicle approached them and stopped.
The vehicle was described as a black older model Ford Explorer Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) with a push bumper on the front and it appeared to be an unmarked police vehicle. The vehicle had a yellow/orange flashing lights in the rear window and the complainant heard the driver yell something at them over a public address (PA) system.
The complainant believed that the person was a police officer in a police vehicle.
As a result of the investigation the Wellington County OPP Crime Unit has charged Gregory Calvin SMITH of Puslinch Township with Personating a Peace Officer contrary to the Criminal Code. The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice – Guelph on July 31, 2020 to answer to the charge.
Any person with information on this incident or one of similar nature is asked to contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip on-line at www.csgw.tips.You may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.