Chatham man charged with break and enter
A 27-year-old Chatham man has been charged in connection with a garage break-in.
An officer on general patrol observed the man in the area of Lacroix Street and Park Avenue West in Chatham early this morning at around 3:45 a.m. riding a bicycle while pulling a trailer along the sidewalk. The man was wearing a mask and gloves and did not have a light on his bicycle.
A traffic stop was initiated and while speaking to the man, the officer observed a large axe, pry bar and backpack on the trailer with a screw driver in the side pocket. The man was arrested for being in possession of break-in tools.
Upon being searched incident to arrest, the man was found to also be in possession of a small hatchet, an iPod and wallet containing various pieces of identification belonging to another man from a residence on St. Michael Avenue in Chatham. Police attended that residence and confirmed with the homeowner that someone had broken into his garage and stolen his wallet, Garmin GPS and iPod from his vehicle along with an axe and pop.
Officers searched the man’s backpack while at police headquarters and located the stolen Garmin GPS and pop along with eight screw drivers, a pair of pliers and set of metal sheers.
Police say the recovered stolen property was returned to the homeowner.
The man has been charged with break and enter, possession of property obtained by a crime under $5000 and possession of break-in tools. He is in custody for a bail hearing.