CK police briefs – Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Broken down vehicle leads to arrest

A 25-year-old Chatham man without a valid driver’s licence or insurance was allegedly caught behind the wheel of a broken down vehicle on Tuesday night.

Officers responded to a broken down vehicle on McKays Line near Kenesserie Road. Officers said the vehicle had two different licence plates attached to it.

As a result, the plates were seized and the vehicle was towed away. The 25-year-old was charged with operating a vehicle with no insurance, driving with no licence, and using plates not authorized for the vehicle. He will have to attend Provincial Offences Court on October 7.


Drug charges laid during traffic stop

Suspected fentanyl and cocaine were seized during a traffic stop in Chatham.

An officer on general patrol pulled over a vehicle on Lacroix Street around 4 a.m. on Wednesday because of an obstructed licence plate.

The passenger, a 36-year-old Chatham man, allegedly got out of the vehicle and ran but was arrested after a short foot chase. He was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for breach of probation and additionally charged with breaching his curfew.

The driver, a 29-year-old Chatham woman, was arrested for failing to comply with her release conditions after the officer saw drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. It’s alleged she was also in possession of suspected cocaine, fentanyl, and a large amount of cash.

The 29-year-old was charged with two counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking, four counts of failing to comply with her release conditions and driving with an obstructed plate.


Man allegedly steals from grandmother

A 28-year-old man accused of stealing his grandmother’s car over the weekend and causing damage to her property has been arrested.

Chatham-Kent police said an officer on general patrol in Ridgetown on Tuesday saw a man who was wanted for breaching his probation order. The man was inside a parked vehicle at a residence on Albert Street at the time.

The officer later learned about the stolen vehicle. The 28-year-old was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of mischief under $5,000, and two counts of failing to comply with his probation order.

Common-law spouse charged with mischief

A 27-year-old Chatham man is charged with mischief under $5,000 after he allegedly damaged some property using a hammer.

It’s alleged the 27-year-old caused some damage at a home on Tuesday following an argument between him and his common-law wife. He has a future court date scheduled for October 7.


Truck stolen and found within an hour

Chatham-Kent police are investigating after a pickup truck was stolen from a gas station in Chatham and found abandoned shortly after.

Police said a red 2014 Ford F-150 was reported stolen from a gas station on Keil Drive around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Just before 1 p.m., the pickup truck was found
unoccupied on Gregory Drive.

After a search of the area, officers found several items of clothing discarded in a garbage can on Christina Place.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 519-436-6600 extension 87333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Man accused of shoplifting

A man who allegedly tried to steal a $25 MP3 player from Walmart in Chatham has been arrested.

Officers said a shoplifting complaint was made on Tuesday night. Police were able to identify a suspect after checking video surveillance.

A 23-year-old Chatham man was arrested soon after and charged with theft under $5,000, being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000, and failing to comply with his probation order as he was not allowed to attend Walmart. The 23-year-old has a future court date scheduled for November 6.


We Are You campaign

Sergeant Aaron Medenblik is being highlighted this week as part of the CKPS “We Are You” campaign.

Medenblik has been a police officer for 18 years. He is an active member of his church and loves camping, fishing and biking with his family. You can read more about Medenblik by clicking, here.

The campaign looks to give residents the chance to learn about who officers are behind the uniform.