(TGP) – An unnamed male, age 27, attempted to steal a police cruiser with a knife late on Sunday evening on Carden Street, the Guelph Police Service said on Monday morning.

Police were on patrol when they were flagged down and advised there was a man swinging a metal pipe, and when police located the individual, he brandished what officers believed to be “an edged weapon”.

“After a brief physical exchange, the male fled from police and into the driver’s seat of a police vehicle in an attempt to steal it,” police said in a statement, adding that the individual was unsuccessful in his attempt.

The man ran into the parking lot off of Macdonell Street and was arrested by police, who said a male was charged with Weapons Dangerous, Assault with a Weapon, Attempted Motor Vehicle Theft and a probation breach.

Any witnesses this incident or those with information are asked to call Cst. J. Perdicaris at 519-824-1212 ext. 7382, and anonymous information can be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

Earlier in the day in the Stone Road Mall parking lot, a man tried to steal a pick-up truck with a dog inside of it but was unsuccessful. The dog was left unharmed.

A gold Honda CRV pulled up beside the truck that was parked in front of Indigo and what was likely a male came out of the passenger side of the car and punched the ignition in his failed attempt to steal the truck.

Anyone who has information about this incident is advised to contact PC B. Kohler at 519-924-1212 ext. 7537 or bkohler@guelphpolice.ca, as well as Crime Stoppers.

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