Man, 37, faces litany of charges after spree
A man faces a long list of charges after a bizarre late-night police chase and crime spree in Oxford County.
Oxford OPP have charged a 37-year-old Waterloo man with a string of offences including breaking and entering, robbery, possession of stolen property and fleeing from police after a month-long investigation.
Police said the investigation began Sept. 23 when OPP received a report of a suspicious man parked in a vehicle on North Town Line about 10:45 p.m.
OPP found a man who appeared to be sleeping inside the pickup truck with a covered trailer. The man complained he wasn’t feeling well and paramedics were called.
After a brief interaction with police, the man got back into the pickup truck and drove away quickly, nearly striking an OPP officer as he left, police said Tuesday.
Officers followed the pickup truck and tried to pull it over. The driver did not stop and police lost sight of the vehicle but found the trailer abandoned at the side of the road.
A short time later, OPP were flagged down by a man who said a man in a pickup intentionally had cut him off and attempted to steal his vehicle. The victim was able to get away in his vehicle, but suffered minor injuries from his confrontation with the man.
About 11:15 p.m., police were called to a single-vehicle crash in Zorra Township. Police found the pickup truck they had seen earlier. Valued at about $60,000, the truck had been reported stolen to Guelph police Sept. 16.
Witnesses said the driver had run away. Oxford OPP searched the area but couldn’t find the man.
The next day, police received a report of a break-in and vehicle theft from a rural home in Zorra Township near where the stolen pickup had been crashed.
Through further investigation police were able to identify the suspect and he was arrested Nov. 9.
Oxford OPP also recovered audio-visual equipment valued at $61,000.
The 37-year-old suspect was remanded into custody pending his next court date.