Chatham woman charged in catnapping

A 51-year-old Chatham woman has been arrested in a cat burglary case after allegedly stealing her neighbour’s feline.

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A 51-year-old Chatham woman has been arrested in a cat burglary case after allegedly stealing her neighbour’s feline.

The cat’s owner told Chatham-Kent police Friday her neighbour had taken her pet.

The cat was seen in the suspect’s home, police said. Officers spoke with the woman multiple times to try for a peaceful resolution, but she said the cat was hers and refused to co-operate.

Officers had to use photographs and Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals documents to confirm the microchipped cat was stolen.

They executed a search warrant Tuesday to retrieve the cat and return it to its owner.

The neighbour was charged with theft with a value less than $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by a crime with a value less than $5,000. She was released with a Dec. 2 court date.

Stolen vehicles

A brown 2002 GMC Sierra pickup truck with Ontario licence plates 165 4FV was stolen from a Nelson Avenue home in Wallaceburg between 9 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. Anyone with information can contact Const. Ryan Kloostra at ryank@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87144.

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A grey 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with Ontario licence plates AC79 236 was stolen from a Sandys Street home in Chatham between 6:45 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Anyone with information can contact Const. Tyler Bergsma at tylerb@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87260.

A blue 1991 Jeep YJ without licence plates attached was stolen from a property on Baldoon Road in Dover Township between Sunday and Tuesday. Anyone with information can contact Const. Pete Chandler at peterc@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87332.

Anonymous callers can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Two collisions

A 32-year-old Wingham woman was charged with failing to stop at a red light after a two-vehicle collision on Victoria Street near London Road in Thamesville on Tuesday morning.

She was taken to hospital as a precaution. Damage is estimated at $40,000.

Also Tuesday morning, a 19-year-old from Wallaceburg was charged with failing to yield the right of way after a two-vehicle collision on Dufferin Avenue near Lorne Avenue in Wallaceburg. No one was injured. Damage is estimated at $5,000.

Tools stolen

Tools worth approximately $8,000 were stolen from a trailer at a construction site on Gregory Drive in Chatham late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

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

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Rifles stolen

A wooden .22-calibre bolt-action rifle and wooden .22-calibre semi-automatic rifle were stolen from a Running Creek Drive residence in Wallaceburg sometime since August. Both rifles were secured with trigger locks.

Anyone with information can contact Const. Craig Zink at craigz@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87324. Anonymous callers can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Warrants executed

A 54-year-old Chatham man wanted for failing to attend court in October was arrested Tuesday. He was released with a Dec. 2 court date.

Also Tuesday, a 32-year-old Wallaceburg man wanted for failing to comply with his release conditions and breaching his probation order was arrested. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Mental health

Chatham-Kent Police Service has front-line officers on its HELP Team trained to assist people in a mental-health crisis. They can also get help from a mobile crisis team that includes a plainclothes officer and a Chatham-Kent Health Alliance psychiatric assessment nurse

“We are proud of our ongoing partnership with (police) through the mobile crisis team,” Lori Marshall, the hospital group president and CEO, said in a statement. “By sharing our collective expertise and working in tandem with community partners, this initiative ensures that individuals experiencing a mental-health crisis receive the appropriate response, care and supports.

“This highly collaborative partnership shares a common goal of achieving the best possible outcomes for all individuals in our community who experience a mental-health crisis.”

For more information on the HELP Team or mobile crisis team, go to ckpolice.com/help-team-mobile-crisis-team.

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