Break and enter
Early Tuesday, an officer on general patrol observed the man in the area of Lacroix Street and Park Avenue West in Chatham 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 screwdriver in the side pocket, police said.
The man was arrested for being in possession of break-in tools.
Upon being searched, 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.
Officers 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, police said.
Officers searched the man’s backpack while at police headquarters and reportedly found the GPS along with eight screwdrivers, a pair of pliers and set of metal sheers.
The recovered property was returned to the homeowner, police said.
The 27-year-old Chatham man has been charged with break and enter, possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000 and possession of break-in tools. He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.