CK police briefs – Monday, January 11, 2021

Stolen generator found up for sale on social media

A 40-year-old Sombra woman has been charged with theft and drug possession after a local man spotted his stolen generator up for sale online.

Police said they were called in to help the man Sunday afternoon after he saw someone trying to sell the generator on social media.

Officers were able to identify the woman responsible and she was arrested. Police were able to recover the generator and returned it to its rightful owner.

While police were searching the woman, they also allegedly found some suspected methamphetamine in her possession.

The accused was charged and later released with a future court date.

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Man accused of stealing replica Stanley Cup ring, folding knife

An 18-year-old man of no fixed address is facing charges after he allegedly kicked and punched a cashier at a local variety store while he was stealing a folding knife and replica Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup ring.

Police said they were called to Queen’s Variety in Chatham at around 6 p.m. Sunday after the man allegedly walked in, grabbed the knife and the replica ring — worth about $36 altogether — and then hit the cashier when he tried to stop the man from leaving the store.

Officers said the cashier did not require medical attention, adding that the man also fled the scene before police arrived.

Investigators were able to identify a suspect and arrested him a few hours later.

He was charged with robbery and possession of property obtained by crime and was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.

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Wanted man arrested after traffic stop in Wallaceburg

A 33-year-old Walpole Island man who was already wanted by police is facing more charges now after he was allegedly caught driving while prohibited.

Police said an officer on general patrol pulled the man over in Wallaceburg Sunday night after seeing a vehicle with license plates that weren’t authorized for it.

Officers later learned that the man behind the wheel was banned from driving and wanted on an outstanding warrant.

He was arrested, charged with multiple offences under the Highway Traffic Act, and later released pending a future court date.

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Police investigating confrontation in Tilbury

Chatham-Kent police are looking for information that could help them identify a vehicle or some people who were involved in a confrontation in Tilbury last week Friday.

Police said at around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, they received information about a confrontation between people who were in a dark red / burgundy four-door hatchback and a woman who was walking near the intersection of Queen Street and Mill Street in Tilbury.

Officers said by the time they arrived at the intersection, the people they were looking for were not there.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Adam VanKesteren at adamv@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 extension #87188.

Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Woman duped by fake bank representative

Chatham-Kent police are issuing a warning to the public about a scam that defrauded a local woman out of $5,000.

Police said through their investigation, they learned that the woman had been called by a man who was claiming to be from a local bank.

The man then allegedly claimed that there were some charges on the woman’s account in the United States, relating to a family member, and advised her that he needed her banking information to investigate the charges.

Police said even though the woman did not have a son by the name the man provided ot her, she went along with his request and bought $5,000 worth of gift cards and provided the information to the man.

Investigators said the woman eventually called her bank, who confirmed that she had been scammed, adding that there were no mysterious charges on her account.

As a result, police are reminding the public that scammers will often attempt to convince you to purchase gift cards in order to pay them.

Officers are asking you to be very cautious of anyone you do not know who is asking for gift cards, money or Bitcoin.

You can find more information about scams and frauds, here: https://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.