Man assaults officer in restaurant; credit card fraud arrest

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)

Peterborough Police Service briefs Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2017:

Assault Peace Officer Arrest:

A man was arrested after assaulting an officer in a restaurant.

On December 30, 2016 police attended the Peterborough Regional Health Centre for a man who was being aggressive toward staff and patients.

As officers arrived they were told that the man had run into a nearby restaurant.

Officers located a suspect in the bathroom of the restaurant. While speaking with the suspect, the man struck one of the officers in the face.

Eric Dean MacDonald, 25, of Villiers Line, Keene, was later arrested and charged with assault of a peace officer.

He was held in custody and appeared in court on January 3, 2017.

Use of Credit Card Arrest:

On December 18, 2016 the victim, a woman in her late 50s, received a call from her bank stating that her credit card had been compromised and used three times the previous day at a Peterborough convenience store.

Through the investigation a suspect was identified.

On January 4, 2017, at approximately 2:15 a.m. officers located the suspect walking in the area of Towerhill Road.

Robert John Cox, 36, of Towerhill Road, was arrested and charged with use of credit card and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

He was further charged with possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 following an investigation involving items stolen from a vehicle in mid-November that were then sold to a local pawn shop.

He was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Jan. 4).

Break and Enter:

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating suspects after Christmas decorations were stolen from a Lakefield home.

Sometime between 10:30 p.m. on January 1 and 10:30 a.m. on January 3, unknown person(s) entered an unlocked porch of a Stewart Drive home located in the Village of Lakefield. Once inside the porch the thieves stole Christmas decorations including an artificial Christmas tree with decorations and lights intact and a wreath.

Break and Enter:

The Peterborough Police Service continues to remind residents to keep their vehicles locked.

Sometime between 4 p.m. on December 31, 2016 and 11 a.m. on January 2, 2017 unknown person(s) entered an unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway of a Ferguson Place home. Once inside the thieves stole items including a wallet containing personal identification and gift cards.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or

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