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Man in hot water after alleged hot-tub dip in Chatham-Kent

A man took off his clothes, used a hot tub in the backyard of a McDowell Line property and then stole a blanket from a nearby home early Sunday morning, Chatham-Kent police say.

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A man took off his clothes, used a hot tub in the backyard of a McDowell Line property and then stole a blanket from a nearby home early Sunday morning, Chatham-Kent police allege.

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They received a report of a suspicious man in that area at 4:30 a.m. and, with help from police dog Helix, found him in a drainage ditch hiding under a tree, police said.

A 35-year-old London man was charged with trespassing at night, break and enter, and failing to comply with his release conditions. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing and remanded with an April 8 court date.

Crime of the week

A grey 2015 Legend utility trailer worth $4,000 with Ontario licence plate M7808W was stolen from a Murray Street business in Wallaceburg overnight on March 21.

Chatham-Kent Crime Stoppers is looking for anonymous information to help find the trailer or identify someone responsible for the theft. Call 1-800-222-8477 for a possible cash reward.

Anyone with information about this or any other crime can call Crime Stoppers at 519-351-8477 or 1-800-222-8477, or visit www.crime-stoppers.on.ca to e-mail a tip.

Car stolen in Duart

A black 2011 Buick Regal with Ontario licence plates CBBD 053 was stolen from a Duart Road home in Duart between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday.

Anyone with information can contact Const. Kelly McCormack at kellymc@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 85118. Anonymous callers can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Impaired driving

An officer saw a vehicle in drive with its trunk open in the middle of Regent Street in Blenheim at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

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The officer believed the driver was under the influence, arrested him and took him to police headquarters for an evaluation by a drug recognition expert, police said.

A 27-year-old Blenheim man was charged with impaired driving. He was released with an April 27 court date.

Do not communicate

A 24-year-old Tilbury man allegedly spoke to his neighbour while both were outside Saturday morning despite being on conditions to not communicate with that neighbour, police said.

He was charged Sunday with failing to comply with his release conditions. He was released with an April 27 court date.

Failing to comply

A 17-year-old Wallaceburg youth reportedly entered a home in Wallaceburg on Sunday morning despite being on conditions to not attend the property or communicate with the homeowner, police said.

He was charged with failing to comply with his release conditions. He was released with a May 3 court date.

Traffic enforcement

Twenty drivers were charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences as police conducted traffic enforcement across Chatham-Kent on the weekend.

“Road safety remains a priority for our police service and enforcement will continue in an effort to keep our community safe,” said a statement from police.

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