Weyburn police investigate theft, drug overdose

The Weyburn Police Service received 64 calls for service during the period of Jan. 18 to 24, resulting in 21 charges during the week. Of the 21 charges, eight were under the Traffic Safety Act and 13 were under the Criminal Code of Canada. Many of the 64 calls included requests to keep the peace, property checks, COVID-19 compliance checks, and welfare checks, along with theft from a business, and responding to a drug overdose situation.

The week began relatively quiet as officers conducted a wellbeing check on an individual, attended calls concerning the mental health of another individual, and conducted a couple COVID-19 compliance checks.

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Tuesday saw one adult male charged with failing to appear in court as required, and another charged with failing to comply with a condition of his release order. Police also responded to a reported theft in progress at a local business resulting in three individuals being charged under the Criminal Code.

Responding to a 911 call, officers attended a local business to remove an agitated individual.  Police were able to calm the individual and encourage him to leave willingly without further incident.

On Thursday, Weyburn Police received five traffic related complaints resulting in three motorists being charged under the Traffic Safety Act. Police also responded to a medical emergency involving an adult male who was experiencing a suspected drug overdose. The male was conscious upon arrival and examined by EMS personnel.

On Friday, officers attended to a family matter to keep the peace, a noise complaint, two 911 calls, and a two-vehicle collision. The latter incident resulted in one motorist being charged under the Traffic Safety Act for failing to yield.

Saturday and Sunday saw 15 calls for service. Officers responded to three separate calls requesting an unwanted guest be removed from the caller’s home, one of which resulted in charges of failing to comply with conditions of their release as the individual was found to be intoxicated and in possession of a knife. Police also received a complaint of assault resulting in another adult male being charged under the Criminal Code.

The Weyburn Police Service encourages anyone affected by, or personally struggling with, a drug or mental health issue to seek support by calling the HealthLine at “811” or reaching out to a friend or family member. Saskatchewan.ca provides general information about opioids and states you should know the following;

• Do not use alone. Have a Take Home Naloxone Kit on hand.

• People cannot sleep off an overdose: Know the signs of shallow or stopped breathing, unable to wake up.

• If you think someone is overdosing call 911. The Good Samaritan Act protects you from being arrested if illegal drugs are present.

For more information, or to get a free Take Home Naloxone Kit, call the HealthLine at “811” or visit “www.saskatchewan.ca/opioids”.

*Anyone with information regarding one of these matters, or any other matter of a criminal nature, is encouraged to contact the Weyburn Police Service at (306) 848-3250, the local RCMP Detachment at 310-RCMP (7267), or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).