Chatham homeowner busts suspected marijuana-plant thief

A Chatham homeowner caught a man trying to steal marijuana plants from his backyard on Park Street just after 9 p.m. Friday

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A Chatham homeowner caught a man trying to steal marijuana plants from his backyard on Park Street just after 9 p.m. Friday.

The homeowner detained the suspect until Chatham-Kent police arrived.

A 49-year-old Chatham man was charged with theft and possession with a value less than $5,000. He was released with a Nov. 3 court date.

 

Rail safety

The Chatham-Kent Police Service and CN Police Service worked together Thursday on Operation Clear Track, the largest rail-safety law enforcement initiative in North America.

Officers conducted enforcement around railway crossings in Chatham-Kent. They issued $125 tickets to two pedestrians for trespassing under the Railway Safety Act of Canada, charged one driver with speeding, charged one driver with distracted driving, and charged one driver with stunt driving for going 103 kilometres per hour in a 50 km/h zone.

“Trespassing on railway property is a violation of federal law and can result in arrest and fines up to $25,000 and six months in jail,” CN police Const. Brady Arnold said in a statement. “Walking on or beside the tracks or crossing the tracks at any location other than a legal crossing is considered trespassing. At CN, our goal is to educate, reduce railway-related incidents and save lives.”

 

Storage break-in

Items valued at approximately $3,300 were stolen from a storage facility on Grand Avenue East in Chatham on Friday morning.

Anyone with information can contact Const. Tyler Bergsma at tylerb@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-600 ext. 87260. Anonymous callers can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

 

Break and enter

A marijuana plant was stolen from a locked greenhouse on Chatham’s south side Friday afternoon.

Anyone with information can contact Const. Fraser Leontowicz at fraserl@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-600 ext. 87148. Anonymous callers can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

 

Trailer fire

A camping trailer at the back of a Murray Street home in Wallaceburg caused an estimated $500 in damages early Saturday morning.

The fire was caused by faulty wiring, said Chatham-Kent police.

 

Motorcycle stolen

A lime green Kawasaki ZX10R Ninja motorcycle with no licence plate was stolen from a Wellington Street location in Dresden overnight Friday.

Anyone with information can contact Const. Mike Taylor at miket@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-600 ext. 87198. Anonymous callers can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

 

Outstanding warrants

Chatham-Kent police arrested three men on outstanding warrants in separate incidents Friday and Saturday.

A 34-year-old Wallaceburg man wanted on domestic-related charges was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

A 26-year-old man wanted for uttering threats turned himself in and was released with an Oct. 23 court date.

A 25-year-old Chatham man wanted on domestic-related charges was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

 

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