Bruce Peninsula OPP News: Theft of Trailer & ATV in Howdenvale

L-R: Provincial Constable Laurie Houghton with Denise and David Phelps.

Media Release

On January 2, 2019 Bruce Peninsula Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to a break and enter at a rural property at Howdenvale Road, South Bruce Peninsula. The complainant reported multiple structures were entered and the following property missing:

• (red) 2011 Atlas cargo trailer, with a small window on each side, rear barn doors with multiple stickers affixed, metal plate on front of trailer “GRITTER DONE”. 

• (red) 1998 Yamaha Grizzly 4×4 All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), (black) rack bars with gun holder on front with multiple stickers affixed, (camouflage) rear storage container.

• Hunting knives with wooden handles. Engraved on the knives is the word, “GRIT”.

The break-in and theft occurred sometime between December 19, 2018 and January 2, 2019. 

Anyone that can assist with this investigation contact Grey County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. 

Annual OPP Auxiliary Unit Food Drive Successful – 3 Cruisers Filled

 On December 15, 2018 the Bruce Peninsula Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Auxiliary Unit hosted Stuff the Cruiser Food Drive in Tobermory at Peacock’s Foodland and Lion’s Head at Hellyer’s Foodland. Auxiliary Unit members collected 3 cruisers full of non-perishable food items as well as $275.00 in cash donations, including both locations. The donations were delivered to food banks in Tobermory and Lion’s Head. 

 Thank you for supporting those in your community that are in need during this Holiday Season and the New Year.

Provincial Constable Laurie Houghton Appreciated Following Diving Accident

The following is a message from an appreciative member of the public that wished to share a story of one of our valued members, Laurie Houghton. Laurie is currently working with Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit.

“I would like to try and put into words, exactly how much Laurie did for us on September 22, 2016. I can truly say, that without her support and compassion, I’m not sure I could have made it through that awful day. I realize she had a job to do that day (i.e. investigating an accident), but at no time, did she ever let that get in the way of trying to help me through it all. So many things were going through my head and she was there virtually every minute trying to help me with whatever I needed. She took the time to explain to me, that such a traumatic event will resurface in your life at some point and you’ll need help dealing with it. I remembered that and when it did resurface, I took her advice and sought help. She saved me again. We kept in contact, through-out Denise’s four month hospital stay and she was one of the first people I sent the video to, of Denise walking out of the hospital under her own power after such a devastating accident. I feel very strongly about this; a lot of people worked very hard to save Denise’s life that day. Laurie saved mine. The Ontario Provincial Police should be very proud to call her their own. I will never be able to put all my feelings for what she did that day into words, but I hope this gives you an idea of how much she means to both Denise and I, especially me. Thank you for your time.”

David Phelps

In September 2016, Denise and David Phelps were diving at a shipwreck in Georgian Bay near Tobermory. After 30 minutes underwater, she signaled that she wanted to ascend. Then about 10 metres from the surface, her husband says she started to panic and made an emergency ascend. She was found unconscious on the surface and transported to the decompression chamber in Tobermory. Through the efforts of many Denise is alive today.

In September 2018 PC Houghton had the privilege of attending David and Denise Phelps wedding in Tobermory.