Police Briefs – Thursday April 12, 2018

Traffic Enforcement

Chatham-Kent police laid several charges on Wednesday during a traffic enforcement blitz on commercial vehicles.

The joint operation with the OPP and the Ministry of Transportation inspected 18 vehicles. Of those vehicles, seven were taken out of service, one set of licence plates was seized and 21 charges were laid.

Police remind drivers that these commercial vehicles blitz will continue throughout the year across Chatham-Kent in an effort to keep our roads safe.

Driving While Under Suspension

A 32-year-old man of no fixed address has been charged with two counts of driving while under suspension.

Chatham-Kent police stopped the vehicle Wednesday night on Jeffrey St. in Chatham and learned that he was suspended from driving for unpaid fines. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for driving while under suspension.

The vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days.

Man Charged with Theft

Theft charges have been laid against a 33-year-old Chatham man after a bike was stolen from a Chatham backyard.

Break and Enter

Chatham-Kent police are looking for break-in suspects.

Investigators say sometime between Monday night and Wednesday morning, someone entered an unlocked garage on Water St. and stole approximately $4,000 worth of tools.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Jennifer Jacobson at jenniferja@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87212. Callers may also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Motor Vehicle Collision

A 53-year-old man has been charged with making an improper left turn after a two-vehicle crash in Chatham.

Police say the collision happened on Merritt Ave. near Richmond St. Wednesday morning.

Minor injuries were reported and total damage is estimated at $6,000.

Fraud Warning

Police continue to receive reports of suspicious phone calls from people pretending to be from the CRA.

Scammers may use threatening language or an aggressive tone to scare you into making payments.

The Chatham-Kent Police Service would like to remind everyone that personal or financial information should never be given over the phone, especially if you didn’t initiate the call. If you receive a suspicious email, please refrain from clicking any links and delete the email immediately.

For more information on how to recognize and protect yourself from a scam, please see https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html.