Police Briefs – Monday February 5, 2018

A Chatham man is facing charges after he allegedly tried to make off with a Bluetooth speaker using the “five finger discount.”

Police say the man went into the Walmart in Wallaceburg on Sunday. It’s alleged he removed a $60 Sony Bluetooth speaker from its packaging, put it into his pocket, and walked out without paying.

Store security caught up with the suspect and called police. The Chatham man has since been charged with theft under $5,000 and possession of stolen property.


A 21-year-old woman may have been let off the hook for one thing but she’s now facing a charge for failing to comply.

Police say the woman was charged for failing to go to court in September 2017. She had been released with several conditions, which included giving police an up-to-date address.

On Sunday officers were called to a pharmacy on St. Clair St. in Chatham over a shoplifting complaint. The woman returned the items to the store and charges were not laid. However, officers then found out that she had not been living at the address provided.

She has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.


Driving after a few too many didn’t turn out too well for a Dresden man.

Police say they were called early this morning about an intoxicated man in downtown Chatham around 12:30am.

Officers were told that the man took off in a truck, but they were later able to find the man near Maple Leaf Dr.

The 46-year-old Dresden man was taken to police headquarters for a breath test. He has since been charged with having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit.

His licence has been suspended for 90 days.


A 39-year-old man has been charged with trespassing following an incident at the Walmart in Wallaceburg.

Chatham-Kent police say officers were called about a suspicious man on Sunday. Staff had asked the man to leave but he refused.

As a result, the 39-year-old was arrested.


Chatham-Kent police are asking for help in identifying a theft suspect.

Theft suspect at Food Basics in Chatham. (Photo courtesy of Chatham-Kent Police Services).

Police say a black and silver wallet had been reported stolen from a shopping cart at Food Basics in Chatham on January 11.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Kelly McCormack at KellyMc@chatham-kent.ca or call 519-436-6600 ext. 85118.

Tips can also be called into Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).