On December 6, 2016 at 1:21 a.m., members of the Northumberland detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a suspicious person peering in the window of a home on Baldwin Street (an area commonly known as Gosport) in Brighton.
Upon being discovered by the homeowners, the suspect fled on foot.
Several officers attended the area in an attempt to locate the suspect. They were assisted by the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Canine Unit. Police conducted an extensive search that included (but was not limited to) the Gosport area west to Cedar Street but were unable to locate the suspect. Forensic Identification Services attended the scene to assist with the investigation.
The suspect is described as being heavy set, 5 10″ wearing dark-coloured overalls, a white mask, and carrying what appeared to be a stick or pole approximately three feet in length.
Police are asking area residents to be vigilant and aware of strangers in their neighbourhood and report any such sightings to police immediately by using the emergency 911 system.
Northumberland OPP is asking for the public’s assistance with this ongoing investigation and ask that anyone with information on this crime call the Brighton OPP detachment at 613-475-1313 or toll free 1-888-310-1122.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call the Peterborough/Northumberland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 and not have to appear in court.