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An act of kindness

December 13 2016
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A recent theft of Christmas presents could have made for just another sad story that we sometimes here about this time of year; however, this story has a different ending - a much nicer one!

This story started last Friday evening when a kind and generous local citizen went out to purchase some Christmas presents for the less fortunate children in the local area.  The victim made several purchases and had built up a nice collection of colouring books, craft supplies, board games and toys all destined for a local church Christmas toy drive.

The victim needed to get some batteries for the toys so she stopped in at the Canadian Tire store in Exeter and quickly went inside to finish up her shopping.  When she returned to her vehicle she realized someone had entered into her locked vehicle and stole a red plastic bag that contained all of the presents.   The victim was understandably upset about what had happened and the next day she reported the theft to the Huron Detachment OPP officers. 

Officers took her report and initiated an investigation to identify and apprehend the thief.  Itís now one week into the investigation, and unfortunately officers have been unable to identify a suspect.

This isnít the only update to this case though. 

 It turns out the officers working in Exeter that day didnít want this womanís act of kindness to go unnoticed.  So they each chipped in some money to purchase some replacement toys.  The Canadian Tire Store eagerly matched and even exceeded the officersí donation and collectively they were able to come up with a sizable sack of toys for the victim. 

ďIt just felt like the right thing to do.  She was trying to do something great at this time of the year, and we didnít want someone to take that away from her.  We knew those toys were destined for the less fortunate and we wanted to make sure that still happened.Ē commented Huron County OPP Provincial Constable Jason Richardson.

Yesterday afternoon, Huron OPP officers met the victim at the Canadian Tire store and were able to surprise the victim with an assortment of toys and sporting goods.  The unsuspecting victim was left nearly speechless; however, the smile on her face and the tears in her eyes said it all.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314. 

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On December 13, 2016 at 3:53 a.m., the Bruce Peninsula Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Grieg Settlement Road and Quarry Road, in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.

Police attended the scene with members from the South Bruce Peninsula Fire Department, Bruce County Emergency Medical Services and Hydro One.

A single motor vehicle was travelling north bound on Quarry Road and collided with a hydro pole on Grieg Settlement Road, on the north side of the intersection. The vehicle was destroyed by fire. The hydro pole, as a result of the collision, was bent and subsequently damaged by the fire. No one was treated for injuries as a result of the collision.

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