Two incidents of shoplifting and weapon charges keep local police busy

On Tuesday, August 6th a man was observed by witnesses in the Port Elgin Walmart concealing several items in trash can. The man was observed to leave the store making no attempt to pay.

Moments later, the same man was observed by the same witnesses in Canadian Tire with items concealed in his clothing. He was observed to leave the store without paying. A witness and store employees attempted to confront the man, but he fled in a vehicle on Bricker Street.

A Saugeen Shores’ officer located the vehicle leaving Port Elgin on Highway 21 a short
time later. A vehicle stop was conducted and the man was arrested. A search of the
vehicle revealed several stolen items from Walmart and Canadian Tire and
methamphetamine.

An investigation revealed that the man was currently serving a conditional sentence in
the community resulting from a previous conviction and was to be under house arrest.
A 25 year old Wiarton man has been charged with:
1. Theft Under $5000
2. Possession of property obtained by crime Under $5000
3. Possession of property obtained by crime Under $5000
4. Possession of a schedule I substance – methamphetamine
He was held for a bail hearing and a future judicial review of his conditional sentence.

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On August 9th a 15 year old male youth attended a house party in Port Elgin, where he
was invited by a 19 year old acquaintance. Once at the party the man confronted the
youth concerning a previous disagreement. Without warning the man pointed an Airsoft
sniper rifle and fired it at the youth striking him on the calf causing bruising.

The man continued to threaten the youth by pointing the rifle at him. The youth
attempted to leave the residence, but was again physically assaulted by the man.
The youth finally broke free and fled to his residence and called police.

Officers arrived at the party a short time later and located the man. He was arrested and
transported to the station.

An Airsoft rifle is low-velocity and is primarily used in mock combat with participants
wearing appropriate protective gear. A projectile from an Airsoft has the potential to
cause bodily harm if proper safety equipment is not utilized.

A 19 year old Port Elgin man has been charged with:
1. Assault with weapon
2. Weapons Dangerous
3. Assault
The man was released on a promise to appear in court.