Niagara Regional Police (NRP) are cautioning Crystal Beach residents about a flyer circulating containing inaccurate information regarding a Feb 13 home invasion.
NRP Const. Phil Gavin said the investigation into a violent break-in and robbery that occurred on Derby Road “remains active and ongoing by detectives.”
According to a press release from the NRP, officers were called to a residence on Feb. 13 at about 4 a.m. in the area of Derby Road and Cambridge Road East after three people were assaulted and a number of items were stolen.
The victims were assessed and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Observer was made aware of the flyer from a resident who received it in his mailbox late last week.
“The crime was a violent act that has affected people and the community. With that being said, there are a number of inaccuracies in the document (that has been circulated to area homes),” Gavin said.
“We would ask the public to be aware of this incident and contact us with any information that they may have.”
The letter, which doesn’t provide an identifiable source, was distributed to area homes.
It reads, “How safe is Crystal Beach? Reaching out to the public, let’s help this innocent woman get justice.”
It also claims officers “don’t have time to investigate or bring anyone to justice for this brutal crime.”
The letter is soliciting donations to be used towards a reward for people who give valuable tips leading to an arrest. In addition, the letter requested donations to “help finance travel, accommodations, loss of stolen items and medical expenses and encourages people to send an e-mail to “email@example.com” for more information.
It also stated that the public shouldn’t contact the NRP as the writer has “lost complete confidence” in how police have been handling the case.
The letter stated: “(Police) even said they do not have the manpower or time to properly investigate this case and that it was probably going to be a couple of months before they can look at any evidence to arrest anybody.”
Gavin said the public should disregard the information in this letter and cautions people about providing financial resources to an unknown person.
“When an unknown source asks unknown persons for financial support, caution and vigilance should be used,” he said.