Charges laid in Wallaceburg truck-theft investigation

CKPS-Crest-259x300This year saw an increase in the number of vehicle thefts in Wallaceburg area. 18 trucks were stolen between August and November. 17 of them were recovered by the police.

On November 3rd police arrested two people in relation to these thefts: an 18-year-old Munsee-Delaware First Nation man and a 16-year-old Chippewas of the Thames First Nation youth.

During a news conference held yesterday, Chatham-Kent police Chief Gary Conn provided more details about the arrests.

“On November 3, 2021 around 12:25 a.m. an officer on general patrol observed two suspicious men in a Chev Silverado pick-up truck on Old Glass Road in Wallaceburg.  As the officer stopped behind the truck, the driver reversed right into the hood of the marked police cruiser and both fled on foot.  The officer was not injured, however the cruiser sustained about $4000 damage. ”

A couple of hours later the officer observed a GMC Sierra truck on Dufferin Avenue. Because the truck was previously reported stolen, the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the driver failed to stop. He drove off ignoring traffic signs and reaching speeds of double the legal limit.

“On Baseline Road near Brick Road, police deployed a tire deflation device which was successful in slowly deflating the tires of the stolen truck.  The driver continued to operate the truck on the rims until finally being brought to a stop by two police cruisers.  The driver and his passenger immediately exited the truck and fled on foot.  The driver was arrested by officers following a short foot chase.  The passenger was taken into custody by K9 Arry,” said Conn.

The driver, an 18 year-old man was charged with theft over $5,000, possession of property obtained by a crime over $5,000, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to comply. The passenger, a 16-year-old youth was charged with theft over $5,000, possession of property obtained by a crime over $5,000 and two counts of failing to comply.

The investigation continued and police found out that the same individuals were responsible for numerous previous thefts, attempts and other offences happening in Chatham-Kent.

For this reason twenty offence were added to the 18-year old man’s rap sheet and the younger offender was charged with fourteen additional offences.

A total of 43 charges were laid in the Wallaceburg truck-theft investigation. Both individuals remain in custody. They are scheduled to make a court appearance this morning by video remand.

“I am extremely proud of all the officers and civilian support staff who worked collaboratively to ensure a successful conclusion in respect to the arrest and charges of these two individuals. As one can appreciate, a lot of work goes into projects of this magnitude and once again congratulations to all involved,” said Conn.

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