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Recent Chatham-Kent occurrences include such things as an arrest over a stolen boat, light-fingered attempt leads to drug charges, ditto for a traffic stop, break-ins and more.

To begin, yesterday afternoon, police responded to a shoplifting complaint at Value Village in Chatham.

Through investigation, police learned that a woman was in possession of a stolen men’s coat.

As the officer placed the woman under arrest in the parking lot, police say she put her purse on the ground.  When the officer went to pick up the purse, her friend grabbed it and refused to let the officer have it. This woman was cautioned regarding interfering with an arrest, but police say she refused to let go of the purse. She was arrested for obstructing police.

Upon being searched incident to arrest, both women were found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine.

A 41-year-old Chatham woman is charged with being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5000 and drug possession.

A 22-year-old Chatham woman is charged with obstruct police and possession for the purposes of trafficking.

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As previously released on Jan. 13, police located a suspicious man in possession of an aluminum boat and Honda generator behind 190 Thames St. in Chatham. Due to the power of social media, police say the rightful owners were found and the property was returned to them.

Yesterday morning, police arrested a 39-year-old Chatham man for being in possession of property obtained by a crime over $5,000.

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Around 1:30 a.m. this morning, an officer on general patrol initiated a traffic stop on Richmond Street in Chatham.

Through investigation, police learned that the driver was currently suspended from driving.

His passenger, was found to be breaching his curfew.

As both men were arrested, police say suspected cocaine was located in the vehicle.

A 51-year-old Chatham man is charged with driving while under suspension and drug possession.

A 39-year-old Chatham man is charged with failing to comply with his Probation Order and drug possession.

The vehicle was towed from the scene.

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Just before 8 p.m. last night, emergency crews responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Main Street in Mitchell’s Bay.

The driver, a 32-year-old woman, lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway and struck a hydro pole.

The vehicle came to rest against the front porch of a nearby house.

The woman was transported to hospital as a precaution.

Total damage was estimated at $6,000.

She was charged with careless driving.

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C-K police are still looking for a stolen shotgun, although they believe they have arrested the people who stole it.

Last week, the pair attended the home of family members and stole a 12-gauge shotgun that was mounted on the wall.

The homeowners contacted police yesterday when attempts to get the shotgun back failed.

Officers located the pair and they were arrested. Upon being searched incident to arrest, the man was found to be in possession of suspected fentanyl and methamphetamine.

A 24-year-old Chatham man is charged with break and enter, possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000, unauthorized possession of a firearm and two counts of drug possession.

A 28-year-old Chatham woman is charged with being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000 and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Offices are continuing their efforts in locating the shotgun. Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Josh Rose at joshr@chatham-kent.ca or Const. Scott Nevills at scottn@chatham-kent.ca. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Last month, a woman in Chatham left her wallet in her unlocked vehicle overnight. The woman contacted police the next day when she realized her wallet had been stolen and TD bank card had been used.

Through investigation, police learned that the stolen credit card had been used to make about $60 worth of purchases at a local convenience store and gas station. With the assistance of surveillance video, the woman responsible was identified.

Yesterday morning, police located the woman and she was arrested.

A 28-year old Blenheim woman is charged with being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000 and two counts of using a stolen credit card. She was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for breaching her Probation Order.

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Sometime Wednesday morning, between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., someone forced their way into the fenced compound at Maple City Marine on Grand Avenue East and attempted to remove the speakers from several boats, causing about $8,000 damage.

Around that same time, unknown suspect(s) entered the fenced compound at Dorco Sales and Service on Grand Avenue East and stole a variety of tools from a work vehicle.

The first suspect is described as male, approximately 5’9”, last seen wearing a camouflage hooded jacket, dark pants with a reflective stripe and dark shoes.

The second suspect is described as a man, approximately 5’10”, last seen wearing a grey hooded jacket with large white lettering on the left sleeve, blue jeans, black shoes, black gloves and carrying a red backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Rick Bertok at rickber@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87174. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for cash reward.

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