The Chatham-Kent Police Service responded to 140 calls for service in the last 24 hours. Four people were arrested. Three of the four people were arrested on outstanding warrants.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charge CK18007185
Last night, an officer on general patrol initiated a traffic stop on Wellington Street near Raleigh Street in Chatham.
Through investigation, the officer learned that the driver was currently prohibited from driving for unpaid fines and remedial reasons. The man was arrested for driving while suspended. He was also found to be in possession of suspected crystal methamphetamine, digital scales and small clear plastic baggies.
Richard Magnan, 39 years, of McNaughton Avenue in Chatham was charged with two counts of driving while under suspension and drug possession for the purposes of trafficking. His vehicle was towed from the scene and impounded for seven days. He was released with conditions pending a future court date of March 8, 2018.
Fraud Warning CK18007206
Yesterday afternoon, a Chatham woman received several telephone calls, one claiming to be from Immigration Canada and one claiming to be from a local police service. It appears as though the suspect(s) were fraudulently using legitimate numbers to make these calls via a process known as ‘spoofing’. The woman was told that she had committed a crime and had two options. She could either admit it or contest it in court. She chose the latter as she did not commit the offence. As instructed, the woman transferred $1850 to Thailand via Western Union to cover court costs and lawyer fees. The woman called police last night once she realized she had been the victim of this scam.
Caller ID Spoofing disguises telephone numbers appearing on a caller ID display. This tool allows scammers to disguise their calls, as the call will appear to be coming from local or familiar numbers to trick people into answering the phone and trusting the caller.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service would like to offer the following safety tips:
– Don’t trust your Caller ID display. It may appear as a legitimate business, but in reality may be scammer.
– If you get a call from someone purporting to be from a company or government agency looking for personal information, hang up and call them back using the contact information posted on their website. This will help you verify the authenticity of their call.
– Never give out personal or financial information over the phone, especially if you did not initiate the call.
If you would like to report a fraudulent call, email or text, please report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm
Motor Vehicle Collision CK18007162
Last night, police responded to a two vehicle collision on Queen Street near Superior Street in Tilbury.
No one was injured. Total damage was estimated at $2500.
A 65-year-old Merlin man was charged with failing to yield the right of way.
Const. Renee Cowell
Chatham-Kent Police Service
Public Information Officer