CK police briefs – Friday, August 23, 2019

Police find drugs during traffic stop

A 48-year-old Chatham man is facing several charges after a routine traffic stop Thursday morning allegedly turned up some methamphetamine.

Police said the vehicle was pulled over on Thames Street in Chatham at around 8 a.m. Thursday, adding that the officer who stopped the vehicle was able to confirm that the driver was currently suspended from driving for unpaid fines.

The man behind the wheel was arrested and searched — that’s when the officer allegedly found some meth and some drug paraphernalia on him, too.

Police said the accused was charged with driving under suspension, drug possession, and failing to comply with his release conditions.

He was taken to the courthouse pending a bail hearing.


Foot chase in Tilbury ends in arrest

A 57-year-old man who allegedly stole some debit cards from a vehicle in Merlin was arrested after leading police on a lengthy foot chase in Tilbury.

Police said the investigation started when someone reported that two debit cards had been stolen from a vehicle that was parked in Merlin sometime late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Through their investigation, officers learned that the stolen cards had been used in Tilbury. Police were then able to use some images from video surveillance footage to identify a suspect.

Officers found the man in Tilbury Thursday morning, but he allegedly took off running, leading police on a foot chase that went through two apartment buildings and covered approximately four city blocks.

The accused was eventually arrested and when police were searching him, they allegedly found some methamphetamine on him.

A 57-year-old man of no fixed address was charged with theft, five counts of using a stolen credit card, five counts of being in possession of property obtained by crime, and one count of drug possession. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for failing to attend court.

He was taken to the courthouse pending a bail hearing.


Teen allegedly assaulted at Tilbury park

One teen has been arrested and police are looking for a second youth after a 17-year-old Belle River youth was allegedly assaulted at Memorial Park in Tilbury.

Police said it happened Thursday night, adding that all three youths know each other.

A 17-year-old Tilbury boy was arrested and charged with assault in connection with the investigation and police continue to look for the second youth involved.


Man banned from Chatham store arrested there

A local man who was banned from going to the Canadian Tire store in Chatham is in some more trouble now.

Police said the man allegedly attended the store Thursday afternoon, “concealed several items” and didn’t make any attempts to pay for them.

Officers said a security officer at the store was able to stop the man while someone called police, during which time, the man also allegedly threatened the employee.

A 28-year-old Chatham man was later arrested and charged with one count each of theft, possession of property obtained by crime, uttering threats, failing to comply with his release conditions, and breaching his probation order.

He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.


Vehicle reported stolen near Wallaceburg

Chatham-Kent police are working to track down a black 2019 Hyundai Sonata that was reportedly stolen from a residence on John Park Line sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

The vehicle was last seen with Ontario license plates CJLM 226.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Nicole Bechard at or 519-436-6600 extension #87057.


Cash, jewellery targeted during Thamesville break-in

Police are also appealing to the public for tips as they investigate a break-in on Briarwood Estates in Thamesville.

Officers said someone broke into a residence there sometime between August 14 at 11 a.m. and August 18 at 8:30 p.m. and took off with some cash and jewellery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Mike VanKesteren at or 519-436-6600 extension #86442.

Anonymous callers with information on any of the above-listed crimes can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.