Of speed, theft and wildlife


Chatham-Kent police say an officer reminded a Wheatley man the hard way that Wheatley Road is not a drag strip.

Police say the officer spotted a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on that road last night, pulled the vehicle over and called a tow truck.

A 21-year-old Wheatley man faces stunt-driving charges. He also lost his license for a week, and saw his car towed and impounded for a like number of days.


Police are looking for the persons responsible for a tool theft Monday night or early Tuesday morning on Glenwood Line.

Police say the culprits got into a shop and stole a number of items, including a welder, plasma cutter and a carburetor.

Estimated value of the stolen items is about $4,500, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cons. Scott Nevills at scottn@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87326. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Someone went Christmas shopping last night at Wal-Mart, except they left without paying.

Police say a man fled the store with about $600 in items, including electronics.

Officers pulled the suspect’s vehicle over on St. Clair Street and made an arrest.

A 28-year-old man is charged with theft and possession of stolen property. Wal-Mart got all its items back.


Police wish to remind drivers, especially in rural areas, to be on the lookout for wildlife following two collisions last night involving deer.

One crash took place on Talbot Trail and the other on Middle Line. No one was injured, but the vehicles suffered significant damage.

Police say the worst time of the year for potentially hitting a deer is between now and January. The worst times of the day are at dawn and dusk.

Keep alert and when possible, use your high beams.


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