Thursday’s police briefs

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Weapon charges

Late yesterday afternoon, police responded to a disturbance in Wallaceburg.

Through investigation, police learned that the man approached an employee working on a cable box near his residence and threatened him while in possession of a pipe.

A 30-year-old Wallaceburg man was arrested and charged with being in possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats and assault with a weapon.

Tools stolen

Sometime late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, someone forced their way into a storage container on the property of a business under construction on Grand Avenue West in Chatham.

Once inside, the suspect(s) stole:

–       Various DeWalt tools all marked with ‘6T’ written in black

–       EDCO single disk floor grinder – painted green and used for raising edges of uneven sidewalks

Total value of the theft has been estimated at $25,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Kim Pfaff at kimpf@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87342. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Roadside scammers

On Monday afternoon, a woman reported to police that over the weekend, she was stopped at a Service Centre in the Ridgetown area with her husband, when they were approached by two men, selling jewelry for cash as they needed money for their children.

The couple agreed to pay $250 for two rings, a pendant and chain.  They later learned that the jewelry was of little value.

Police advise citizens not to fall prey of scams that aim at taking advantage of people’s generosity.

If the situation appears suspicious, use caution and call police immediately with physical descriptors of those involved along with a description of their vehicle including the license plate, if possible.

Domestic-related charges

Early yesterday morning, a man attended his ex-girlfriend’s home in Chatham.  When she denied him entry, police say he broke the window to a locked door, reached inside to unlock the deadbolt and entered the home.

Once inside, the man searched the home and damaged the woman’s cell phone.

Upon leaving, he helped the woman board up the damaged door and fled on foot.

Through investigation, police learned that the man also smashed a window to the woman’s home last month.

Police located the man a short time later and he was taken into custody.

A 33-year-old Chatham man has been charged with break and enter and two counts of mischief under $5,000.

Erratic driving, impaired charge 

Yesterday afternoon, a concerned citizen called police to report an erratic driver in Chatham.

Police say the man was observed hitting a sign on Oxley Drive and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Officers located the man on Craven Drive and a traffic stop was initiated.

Through investigation, police believed the man was driving while under the influence of alcohol, and he was arrested.  He was transported to police headquarters for breath tests.

Bradley Dewagner, 48, of Wallaceburg, is charged with having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit.

Mischief

Yesterday afternoon, police responded to the report of a suspicious man on Baldoon Road in Chatham.

Offices located the man and through investigation he was arrested in connection with a mischief investigation earlier this week where a truck was damaged with a shovel on Duluth Street in Chatham.

Total damage was estimated at $10,000.

Michael Danuk, 37, of Chatham, is charged with mischief over $5,000.

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