CK police briefs – Friday, April 30, 2021

Overalls, hoodies, boots stolen from construction trailer

Chatham-Kent police are appealing to the public for tips as they investigate a break-in on Park Avenue West in Chatham where someone took off with some work apparel.

Police said someone broke into a construction trailer sometime between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday and took off with a pair of size 10 Dakota quad comfort tan and black steel toe boots, a pair of green Dakota overalls, a pair of tan Dakota overalls, and four hoodies — one red and three grey.

The break-in caused about $200 in damage and the theft was estimated at $600.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Ryan Kloostra at ryank@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 extension #87144.

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

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Grandparent Scam fools local woman into giving out $9,000

Chatham-Kent police are reminding the public to be on the lookout for a scam that is targeting elderly residents.

Police said they learned that a local woman received a telephone call last week from a person who was claiming to be a police officer who told her that her grandson needed $9,000 for bail as he had been arrested.

Officers said the woman ended up sending the money to the caller before confirming the story with her family members because the fraudster had told her not to speak with anyone about it as it was an “ongoing investigation.”

Police said this is an example of how scammers will use intimidation tactics to pressure people into making quick decisions and providing information that they should not be giving out over the phone.

Officers said if you get a suspicious call, you should take time to do you research before taking any action.

You can find more information about how to protect yourself against scams at the anti-fraud centre. You can find that by clicking here.

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Vehicle enforcement blitz pulls 14 vehicles from the road

Chatham-Kent police are reminding commercial motor vehicle operators to make sure they’re carrying out proper safety checks on a regular basis — especially after officers conducted an inspection blitz across Chatham-Kent on Thursday.

The local police force teamed up with the Ministry of Transportation and OPP to conduct safey inspections of motor vehicles that were operating throughout the municipality.

Officers checked 24 commercial vehicles — including their loads, the driver’s qualifications, and their documentation.

A total of 21 charges were laid for various infractions and 14 vehicles were taken out of service.

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Two-vehicle crash causes $30K damage

One person has been charged with following too closely after a two-vehicle crash on River Line between Mull Road and Kent Bridge Road Thursday night.

Police said no injuries were reported, but the damages were estimated at $30,000.

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Tilbury man allegedly violated his release conditions

A 47-year-old Tilbury man who was supposed to stay in his residence at all times is in trouble with the law after police allegedly found him hanging out somewhere else earlier this week.

Police said the man has been on house arrest since he was released from the court back in November of last year and was only allowed to leave his home if he was accompanied by a specific surety.

However, officers said when they found the man at another residence in Tilbury Thursday afternoon, his surety wasn’t with him.

Through their investigation, officers also learned that the man had already been wanted for failing to comply with both his release conditions and failing to comply with a court order.

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