Citizens stop man from going through cars in Guelph, hold him for police

Two people who spotted a man going through their car in Guelph on Wednesday evening restrained him until officers arrived, police say.

Guelph police say 2 people spotted a man in their car Wednesday evening

Police in Guelph were called to Glasgow Street Wednesday evening after two people found a man going through their car and held him for officers. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Two people stopped a man from going through vehicles in Guelph Wednesday evening and held him until officers arrived, according to Guelph police.

The two people saw the man on Glasgow Street, near downtown Guelph, just before 7 p.m. going through their car. Police say they restrained the man until officers arrived on scene.

As a result, police arrested the man and he now faces charges of theft under $5,000, four counts of possession of stolen property, assault, two counts of breaching a recognizance and two counts of breaching his probation order.

During the arrest, police also found what is believed to be cocaine and crystal meth.

The man also faces charges of two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

While this case ended in an arrest, Const. Josh Fraser with Guelph Police Services says they don't recommend people confront others they suspect of a committing a crime.

"The Guelph police don't recommend that people try to catch or detain people going through their vehicles. We encourage people to lock their cars to deter this from happening, and if you see a crime in progress, to call police immediately," he said.