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Warrant issued for second

suspect in incident in

Thames Centre on Friday

by Wendy Spence

        A 20-year-old Chatham man surrendered to police after fleeing from a business and another is still on the lam as of press time on Tuesday. An arrest warrant is being sought for the arrest of a 42-year-old London man who was involved in the event following an attempt by police and the canine unit to track him down on Friday that lasted several hours. OPP constable Max Gomez said there is no threat to the public and it is believed that the individual is not armed.
        The OPP was dispatched to a business on Dundas Street at Richmond Street in Thames Centre at about 9 a.m. after two men were seen in what was believed to be a stolen vehicle. Police records confirmed that the heavy duty pickup truck had been reported stolen to the Chatham-Kent Police Service. Gomez said 10 units were dispatched to the area.
        As police arrived on scene, the suspects fled into a field at the back of the property. The West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), West Region OPP Canine Unit and a helicopter from OPP Aviation Services were deployed to assist in the search.
        Police vehicles covered about a concession at a time of the area, including Gore Road, where officers trudged through a corn field and Trafalgar Street.
        Just after 10 a.m. the Chatham man surrendered to police after having been affected by the heat and terrain. Paramedics from Oxford County treated him.
        The man was arrested at the scene and charged with possession of stolen property valued at more than $5,000. He was released and will answer to the charge in a London court next month.
        Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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