Man, 37, faces litany of charges af­ter spree

The London Free Press - - LOCAL -

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.

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