CK police briefs – Thursday, March 25, 2021

Robbery suspect identified, arrested

Chatham-Kent police are thanking the public for helping officers to identify a suspect who was wanted in connection with a robbery at the Shell Gas Station on St. Clair Street in Chatham earlier this week.

Police said after they released a photo of the suspect Wednesday morning, they got a tip about the man’s identity and officers were able to arrest him Wednesday afternoon.

A 29-year-old Chatham man was charged with robbery and two counts of failing to comply with his release conditions and was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.

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Drugs, cash seized during search in Chatham

Two people are facing charges after Chatham-Kent police searched a residence on Princess Street in Chatham Wednesday afternoon and found some illegal drugs and some cash.

Police said members of the Chatham-Kent Police Intelligence Section found approximately $3,100 worth of suspected fentanyl, MDMA, methamphetamine, and crack cocaine during their search along with some digital scales, Canadian currency, and drug packaging materials.

As a result of the investigation, 52-year-old Gordon Pierce of Princess Street North in Chatham was charged with two counts each of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking and drug possession along with one count of failing to comply with his release conditions.

Officers also arrested 44-year-old Jaime Willard and he was charged with two counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count of drug possession.

Both of the accused were later released pending a future court date.

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Two men arrested after truck reported stolen

A 27-year-old man and a 28-year-old man are facing charges after police after someone broke into two vehicles in Chatham, stole a truck and used a stolen credit card at some local gas stations and convenience stores.

Police said the vehicles were in the Daylight Point and Twilight area in Chatham and were broken into early Monday morning.

Officers said the credit card that was used at the stores was taken from one of the vehicle that was broken into and the stolen truck was later found abandoned in a parking lot on Tweedsmuir Avenue with significant damage.

Investigators were able to identify two suspects in connection with the case, arrested them Wednesday night, and charged them with several theft and fraud-related offences.

The accused were both held in custody pending a bail hearing.

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Man accused of spitting in someone’s face

A 34-year-old man of no fixed address has been charged with assault after he allegedly spit in someone’s face during an argument in Tilbury.

Police said they were called to a disturbance at the residence Wednesday night, adding that the two men who were involved in the argument know each other.

The accused was arrested, charged, and taken into custody pending a bail hearing.

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Police are looking for a stolen white van

Chatham-Kent police are asking for the public’s help to track down a white 2013 Dodge Caravan that was reported stolen from a residence on Horizon Lane in Chatham.

Police said it was taken sometime between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. Wednesday and was last seen with Ontario license plates CEPM 088.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Danica Quenneville at danicaq@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 extension #87312.

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

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Man arrested twice in the same day

A 26-year-old man of no fixed address is facing multiple charges after he allegedly violated his release conditions twice in the same day and damaged the back of a police cruiser.

Police said the man had been released from custody earlier this month with several conditions, one of which was that he was ordered to stay away from a specific Wallaceburg man.

Despite that, police said the man allegedly showed up in the area where the Wallaceburg man lives Wednesday afternoon and yelled at him in the parking lot.

Police were called to the scene and arrested the accused, who then allegedly damaged the back of the cruiser while he was in custody, causing about $500 in damage.

The man was charged with failing to comply with his release conditions and mischief and later released from the court with several conditions.

The same night that he was released, the man allegedly returned to the same area in Wallaceburg he had been ordered to stay away from and was arrested again.

Police said he was charged with failing to comply with his release conditions for a second time and was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.

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Man charged with impaired driving and drug trafficking

A 41-year-old man from Highgate is facing a pair of charges after Chatham-Kent police received a tip about a possible impaired driver on Communication Road Wednesday afternoon.

Police said an officer on general patrol pulled the vehicle over and believed the driver was under the influence of a drug, so he was arrested and taken back to police headquarters.

A Drug Recognition Expert conducted an evaluation and also believed the man was impaired by a drug.

When police searched the man, they also allegedly found some suspected fentanyl and a large amount of cash in his possession.

As a result, 41-year-old Joseph Hopf from Highgate was charged with impaired driving and drug possession for the purpose of trafficking. He was later released pending a future court date.

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Wheatley woman out past her curfew

A 40-year-old Wheatley woman who was already wanted by the OPP is in more trouble with Chatham-Kent police now, too.

Officers said she was arrested and charged with failing to comply with her release conditions after she was allegedly caught out past her court-imposed curfew.

Police said the woman was released from the court with several conditions on June 1, 2020. One of those conditions was that she was supposed to stay inside between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

However, police said they found the woman at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday when they were following up on a report of a suspicious man and woman in the area of Erie Street North in Wheatley.

As a result of the investigation, the woman was charged with failing to comply with her release conditions and later turned over to the OPP for court purposes.