The Chatham-Kent Police Service responded to 183 calls for service in the last 24 hours. Seven people were arrested, and five were arrested on outstanding warrants.
Yesterday afternoon at approximately 1:00 p.m., Police were dispatched to attend an address in Chatham in relation to a fraud complaint.
Police learned the complainant received a phone call from a person identifying themself as an employee of the Canadian anti-fraud center. This employee advised that the complainant’s name was associated with fraudulent transactions and in order to have their name removed they needed to purchase $3500.00 in gift cards which would be returned within 48 hours. They further threatened that if these instruction were not followed a warrant would be issued for their arrest.
The victim of this fraud incident was advised there was very low likelihood of identifying the parties responsible due to anonymizing tools and phone number spoofing technology.
Police continue to receive reports of suspicious phone calls from people purporting to be from the CRA, legal or financial organizations. Scammers may use threatening language or an aggressive tone to scare you into making payments.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service would like to remind everyone that personal or financial information should never be given over the phone, especially if you didn’t initiate the call. If you receive a suspicious email, please refrain from clicking any links, and delete the email immediately.
For more information on how to recognize and protect yourself from a scam, please see https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html
Man arrested for Criminal Harassment CK23049636
Yesterday at approximately 6:50 p.m., police responded to Given Road in Chatham for a criminal harassment investigation.
Police learned the male would regularly drive by the victim’s home and place of work. At the time of the call, the male had shown up at the home of the victim’s parents without invitation despite being informed by the woman that his contact was unwanted.
The 25-year-old Chatham man was located and arrested. He was transported to police headquarters and charged with criminal harassment. He was released with conditions and a future court date of October 23rd, 2023.
Man arrested for Criminal Harassment CK23049530
Yesterday morning at approximately 9:57a.m., police attended an address on Prangley Road outside of Dresden regarding an unwanted person.
Police learned, the male party had been removed from the residence the night prior, on Tuesday September 19th, after being intoxicated and initiating a disturbance with his parents. At that time the male was removed from the residence and advised he was no longer welcome there and not to return.
Yesterday, on Wednesday September 21st, 2023, police attend the complainant’s residence and located a door to the attached garage missing, and the interior door to the home forced open.
Police located the unwanted male sleeping in the basement and subsequently removed the male from the property.
The 40-year-old Dresden man was issued a Provincial Offence Notice for Trespass to property.
School Zone Safety CK2304519 , CK2304529
Yesterday morning an officer on general patrol was conducting traffic enforcement in a designated school zone.
Two vehicles were issued Provincial Offence Notices for Speeding, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service reminds motorists to obey the speeding limits and road signs. Speed is almost always a significant factor in collisions with serious and fatal injuries. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Make it a priority when you drive.