Break and en­ter

The Chatham Daily News - - NEWS -

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.

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