CK police briefs – Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Break-in suspect gets the wrong house

Chatham-Kent police are still looking for a suspect after someone broke into a home on Jane Street in Ridgetown and then took off when the people he was looking for weren’t inside.

Police said they were called to the residence at around 10 p.m. Tuesday, adding that the man had entered the home looking for the previous homeowners.

Officers said no injuries were reported and nothing was stolen, but the man did allegedly kick one of the owner’s vehicles on his way out.

Police said they flooded the area with officers, but couldn’t find the man.

He’s described as approximately 5’4″ to 5’5″ in height and was last seen wearing a red hoodie or shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Kelly McCormack at or 519-436-6600 mailbox #85118.

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


Man arrested for impaired driving after police spot stolen vehicle

A 42-year-old man from Cedar Springs is facing a handful of charges after he was allegedly caught driving a stolen vehicle while he was high on drugs.

Chatham-Kent police said their investigation started when they spotted a stolen vehicle travelling on Charing Cross Road Tuesday morning.

Police said they believed the man driving the vehicle was under the influence of a drug, so they arrested him and took him back to police headquarters where a Drug Recognition Expert evaluated him and agreed with their suspicion.

When officers searched the man, they also allegedly found some suspected fentanyl on him.

As a result of the investigation, the man was charged with impaired driving, motor vehicle theft, possession of property obtained by crime, drug possession, and driving while suspended.

The accused was later released pending a future court date.


Woman accused of assaulting motel employee

A 31-year-old woman of no fixed address is facing a pair of charges after police were called to look into a disturbance at a motel on Grand Avenue East in Chatham.

Police said they were called to the scene Tuesday morning, adding that their investigation showed the woman had allegedly assaulted an employee at the motel and that she had also damaged a BBQ.

The accused was arrested and charged with assault and mischief. She was later released pending a future court date.


Man accused of failing to comply with his release conditions

A 41-year-old man of no fixed address is in more trouble with the law after he allegedly showed up at a family member’s business Tuesday morning and caused a disturbance.

Police said that violated two of the release conditions he was given at the end of October — he wasn’t supposed to communicate with that specific family member and he wasn’t supposed to show up at her workplace.

As a result, the man was arrested and charged with failing to comply with his release conditions. He was set to be held in custody for a bail hearing.


Chatham man accused of threatening woman, making unwanted advances

Chatham-Kent police have charged a 51-year-old Chatham man with domestic-related offences after police were called to an apartment in Chatham Tuesday night.

Officers said their investigation showed that the man had threatened a woman there during a verbal argument and made unwelcomed sexual advances.

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


Charges laid after two crashes in Chatham

Two drivers are facing charges after police were called to a pair of crashes in Chatham Tuesday afternoon.

Police said in the first case, police were called to a hit and run on Riverview Drive near Keil Drive in Chatham.

No one was hurt in that case, but the damage was estimated at $3,000.

Officers said they were able to track down a 27-year-old Chatham man in connection with the case and charged him with making an unsafe move.

Police were also called to a separate two-vehicle crash on St. George Street near Park Avenue in Chatham Tuesday afternoon.

Officers said no one was injured and the total damage was estimated at $2,500.

A 79-year-old Blenheim woman was charged with making an unsafe turn.

Police said they also responded to two collisions involving deer on Tuesday. No injuries were reported in either of those crashes, but police are reminding drivers to be more vigilant on the road, especially during dusk and dawn because that’s when most collisions with deer take place.