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Tillsonburg man flees from stolen vehicle

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Ontario Provincial Police, Norfolk County Detachment charged a 40-year-old Tillsonburg man Saturday after investigating an incident on 2nd Concession Road STR, Middleton in Norfolk County.

On Saturday, June 23, at approximately 9:11 a.m., police were patrolling the area for a stolen Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that a SUV had been stolen from an Oxford County address earlier in the morning. The vehicle was then used in a gas 'drive off' at a gas station in the Courtland area. Officers patrolling the area subsequently located the vehicle at which time OPP Canine Services arrived to help track the outstanding male.

At approximately 5:10 p.m., an off-duty OPP officer spotted the suspect at which time he was taken into custody by patrolling officers. It was later determined that the suspect had entered a nearby residence and removed clothing.

As a result, police charged 40-year-old Andrew David Pollender of Tillsonburg with the following offences: Theft of motor vehicle; Theft under; Break and enter; Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000; Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; and Three (3) counts of fail to comply with conditions of undertaking.

He was scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Simcoe at a later date.

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Two thefts from vehicles

Ontario Provincial Police, Oxford Detachment responded to two separate thefts from vehicles reported to police over the weekend in Tillsonburg.

The first theft took place Saturday June 23 between 3-9 p.m. while the vehicle was parked in the lot at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. Items taken from this vehicle included $300 Canadian cash; numerous pieces of baseball equipment including bats, gloves and balls; ladies jewellery including a ladies gold Bulova watch with diamonds on face; alcohol; and prescription medication.

Approximate value of items is $3,000.

The second theft took place Sunday, June 24 at approximately 1 p.m. while the vehicle was parked in the lot at Broadway and Bridge Street. Items taken included a DISCRAFT game in black case (a Frisbee golf game) with 15-18 discs, in a black case, white shoulder strap with yellow stitching.

Approximate value of item is $300.

OPP say these incidents should serve as another reminder to residents to lock their vehicles and to keep valuables out of plain view. Thefts from vehicles are often crimes of opportunity and highly preventable. Please do your part to help prevent this type of crime.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect(s) responsible for these incidents can contact the Oxford County OPP Street Crime Team at 519-485-6554 or the OPP at 1-800-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.oxfordcrimestoppers.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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Tractor fails to remain after collision with pickup truck

On Monday, June 25 at approximately 10:35 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police, Oxford Detachment responded to a fail to remain after a two vehicle collision on Middletown Line at New Road in Norwich Township.

Through investigation it was revealed that a pickup truck was travelling northbound on Middletown Line approaching the New Road intersection when it was struck by a turning tractor. The tractor was travelling southbound on Middletown Line when it fail to stop at the stop sign at New Road and collided with the pickup truck while navigating the turn. The pickup truck was pushed off the roadway and ended up in the ditch. The adult male driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries.

The tractor did not stop and left the scene southbound on Middletown Line towards Niedert Line. The driver of the tractor may or may not be aware that they were involved in a collision.

OPP would like the public's assistance in locating the driver of the tractor. It is was operating with its four-way flashers on, and headlights at the time of the collision and was described as having either discs or a manure spreader sticking out the side of the tractor. The make, model and color is unknown.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the OPP at 1-800-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.oxfordcrimestoppers.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. 

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