Police Briefs – Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Trying to avoid police instead attracted an officer’s attention in Wallaceburg.

Yesterday morning, an officer saw a vehicle leave the Walmart parking lot, pulling onto McNaughton Ave. only to immediately pull into the parking lot for the Southwest Regional Credit Union.

The officer approached the truck and learned the man behind the wheel was suspended due to unpaid fines.

The 40-year-old was charged with driving while under suspension, driving a motor vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock device, and failing to surrender an insurance card.

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Less than a week after being released from custody, a Walpole Island man is back behind bars.

The man was released from custody last Friday with several conditions, including a daily curfew.

Officers spotted the man in the area of Grand Ave. and Churchill St. in Chatham shortly after 10pm last night.

The 34-year-old was charged with failing to comply and is being held pending a bail hearing.

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Chatham-Kent are warning residents of another scam.

Police say a 57-year-old Wallaceburg resident reported that his mother sent a $1,000 money order after she received a call from a man, claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency.

The man demanded the woman send the money to cover outstanding taxes or her assets would be frozen.

Police say the phone number associated with the call, 547-557-4997, is a web based number from Toronto that is involved in numerous scams.