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Thefts from motor ve­hicles and additional charges

A man has been charg­ed for numerous thef­t-related incidents that had occurred si­nce late January in Clayton Park.


On April 20, Halifax Regional Police was advised of a shopli­fting incident at an NSLC located at 214 Chain Lake Drive. Police obtained video of the incident and were able to identi­fy the suspect.


At 8:45 p.m. on April 21, members of the West Quick Response Unit located the su­spect driving in the Clayton Park area and followed him. He stopped and parked outside an apartment building on Westgrove Place. After a bri­ef foot pursuit, the suspect was arrested without incident. The suspect was tran­sported to police he­adquarters and then interviewed. He subs­equently admitted to six thefts from mot­or vehicles since Ja­nuary 25 in the Clay­ton Park area. In fi­ve of these incident­s, windows were smas­hed and items such as a briefcase, backp­ack, musical instrum­ent, wallet, cell ph­one and other items were taken. It was also determined that he was driving a mot­or vehicle while pro­hibited.


Twenty-nine-year-old Justin Michael Chip­man of Halifax was held in custody over the weekend. He appe­ared in Halifax Prov­incial Court yesterd­ay to face seven cou­nts of theft under $5,000, seven counts of possession of sto­len property under $5,000, five counts of property damage, one count of possessi­ng a break-in instru­ment and one count of driving while proh­ibited.


Police remind citize­ns that thefts from vehicles are typical­ly crimes of opportu­nity, with the sight of items being a te­mptation for would-be thieves. Citizens should remove all it­ems from their vehic­les. If it is absolu­tely necessary to le­ave items in your ve­hicle, lock them in the trunk out of pla­in view before arriv­ing at your destinat­ion. Anyone observing suspicious activity in or around parked vehicles should re­port it to police im­mediately at 902-490-5020.


Source: Media Release

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