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Vehicle burns in Wallaceburg

Around 12:30 a.m. this morning, Chatham-Kent emergency crews responded to a vehicle fire at a residence on Murray Street in Wallaceburg.

Through investigation, police learned that the vehicle fire also ignited a nearby shed.

Total damage was estimated at $12,000. No one was injured.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Grant Renders at grantr@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 7351. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Robbery charges

On Monday afternoon, a teen was fishing in the Thames River under the Fifth Street Bridge in Chatham when an unknown man approached him while staring at his camouflage backpack.

The man assaulted the teen and stole his backpack full of fishing gear, police say.

The teen chased the man as he fled on his bicycle, however lost sight of him in the downtown area.

The teen provided police with physical descriptors of the man.

Yesterday morning, an officer on general patrol observed the man on Semenyn Avenue in possession of the stolen backpack and a Hibiscus tree.

Through investigation, police learned that the man stole the hibiscus tree, valued at $60, from Sarah’s Farm Market on Sandys Street earlier that morning.

A 31-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested and charged with robbery, theft and possession of stolen property.

Compliance issue

Yesterday morning, a man wanted in connection with a domestic related incident attended police headquarters and turned himself in to police.

A 42-year-old Chatham man was arrested and charged with failing to comply with his release conditions as he made contact with a woman in which he was currently bound not to communicate with.

Light fingers

Last night, police responded to a shoplifting complaint at Dollarama on St. Clair Street in Chatham.

Through investigation, police learned that the man attended the store and stole various items. Officers located the man a short distance away on his bicycle, in possession of the stolen items.

A 30-year-old man of no fixed address is charged with theft, possession of stolen property and failing to comply with his Probation Order as he was currently on conditions not to attend this specific store.

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