CK police briefs – Thursday, June 23, 2022

Man accused of breaking window, dumping garbage cans

A 44-year-old Chatham-Kent man is facing three mischief charges after police connected him to three separate incidents involving damage in Chatham on Wednesday.

Chatham-Kent police said their investigation started with a mischief complaint at a business on Thames Street in Chatham just before 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers said a man reportedly approached a business there and threw a brick through a window.

Police said they received a description of the man and were able to match that up with another report of a man who was seen flipping garbage cans over onto the street and breaking a window in a building on William Street in Chatham at around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

When officers arrived, they reportedly saw the man damaging a sign at the front of the Cultural Centre.

The man was arrested, charged with three counts of mischief, and taken back to police headquarters. He was later released with conditions and a future court date.


Woman booked for threatening building manager

A 58-year-old Chatham woman is in trouble with the law after she allegedly made some comments that caused her building manager to fear for their safety.

Police said it was during a dispute on Wellington Street in Chatham just after noon on Wednesday.

The accused was charged with one count of uttering threats and she was taken to police headquarters, then later released and a future court date.


Police warning against grandparent scam

Chatham-Kent police are joining police services across the region in warning the public about an ongoing grandparent scam.

Police said Thursday that they “continue to receive reports of suspicious phone calls from people purporting to be a grandchild or the family member’s lawyer.”

The person often claims to be in trouble with police and needs money to bail them out.

Another common thread is for the caller to tell the victim that they need the money immediately and to not tell anyone about it.

Police said scammers often use panic, threatening language or an aggressive tone to scare you into making payments.

If you receive a call that is similar to the one outlined above, you should hang up and call another trusted family member before sending money to anyone.

You can find more tips for how to protect yourself from scams by clicking here.


Thieves target school vehicle batteries from buses in Tilbury

Chatham-Kent police are appealing to the public for tips after someone stole vehicle batteries from some school buses that were parked on Mill Street in Tilbury early Thursday morning.

Police said video surveillance shows the theft took place at 1:18 a.m. and that the suspect drove a newer model, white Ford F150 pickup truck.

The truck left the parking lot and headed west on Mill Street, then north on Queen Street North.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Danica Quenneville Anonymous callers may call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 and may be eligible for a cash reward.