Police Briefs – Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Police Say Garbage Can Story Is Rubbish

A 25-year-old Pain Court woman is in some trouble after police say her story about swerving to miss a garbage can turned out to be trash.

Police say the woman crashed her vehicle into a hydro pole at the corner of Sheldon Ave. and Lowe St. in Chatham at around 3:30am on September 29.

Officers say the car ended up in the ditch, but there were no serious injuries reported.

The woman allegedly told police that she crashed her vehicle because she had to swerve to miss a big blue garbage can that was sitting in the middle of the road.

Officers say when they were investigating her claims, they found out the garbage can was taken from a nearby residence and placed in the middle of the road after the crash — not before it.

The damages from the crash are estimated at $10,000.

A 25-year-old woman is now charged with public mischief.

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Man Allegedly Out Past His Curfew

The Chatham-Kent police force’s crackdown on repeat offenders continues.

Police say a 28-year-old Chatham man who was supposed to be home between the hours of 10pm and 6am was allegedly out Tuesday night after 11pm.

Investigators say an officer saw the man riding a bicycle without a light on Wellington St. E and pulled him over.

The man allegedly gave the officer a fake name before he was arrested.

Police say they also found drugs on the man when they were searching him.

A 28-year-old man, who was accused of having drugs and stolen property in his possession back in September, is now facing three more counts of drug possession.

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Theft Charges For Scratch Ticket Suspect

Chatham-Kent police have arrested a 33-year-old Walpole Island man after some scratch tickets were stolen from a convenience store in Wallaceburg.

Police say someone walked into the Madi’s Milk on Margaret Ave. at around 5pm on October 4 and took off on a bicycle after grabbing an entire tray of scratch tickets.

At that time, officers put out a call for the public to help them identify the suspect in the case.

Police say they got their man on Tuesday at 10am, took him to police headquarters, and then released him with conditions and a future court date.

Investigators are also thanking the public for their help to identify the man they arrested.