Cops and robbers, March 26, 2014

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CORNWALL, Ontario - The following is a compilation of Cornwall police briefs, where typical cop jargon is replaced with a more interesting point of view. All of the accused are innocent until proven guilty.

Cornwall police blotter update.

The double-dipping caper

Steal from a department store once, shame on you; try to bring the stolen merchandise back and return it for cash, shame becomes the least of your problems.

Cornwall police allege a 22-year-old local woman attempted to return clothing she had taken from the store earlier in the day on March 24.

When city cops arrived on the scene the woman was attempting to flee the area. After a brief struggle she was taken into custody.

Katlen Moore was charged with theft under $5,000, fraud under $5,000, and resist arrest. She was released to appear in court on April 17.

Writing bad cheques

A name that pops up in the Cornwall police blotter quite regularly is back. City cops allege a local woman scammed some cash from an acquaintance in January and February with two stolen cheques.

During their investigation, police spotted the woman on March 21 walking on First Street in the area of Guy Street.

Shawna Mitchell, 35, was taken into custody and charged with fraud under $5,000, two counts of utter forged documents, and two counts of theft under $5,000. She was released to appear in court on April 17.

Nabbed for stealing clothes

If the shoe fits, don't steal it. That's the lesson one Cornwall teen learned when city cops arrested him for stealing clothes…from a friend's house.

He allegedly took several pieces of clothing on February 26 from a residence on Henry Street.

The youth attended police HQ on March 21 to deal with the matter and was arrested.

He was charged with theft under $5,000 and failing to keep the peace. The youth was released to appear in court at a future date. His name was not released since he's under 18.

Man on the run

This caper is a comedy of errors that left no one laughing, especially not the Cornwall Community Police Service (CCPS).

A 40-year-old Cornwall man ducked city cops for a few months as one foiled crime led to the next.

Police allege the man took a bunch of DVDs from a Brookdale Avenue store on January 23. When confronted by the Loss Prevention Officer, he immediately bolted.

During their investigation, police learned the accused was also in breach of a probation order; along with a recognizance and undertaking order for failing to keep the peace, and failing to notify a change of address. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

On March 21, police spoke to the man on an unrelated matter near York and Second streets. He gave cops a fake name, but that didn't get him off the hook.

The man was subsequently arrested for lying to police and on the strength of the warrants. Bradley Johnson was charged with obstruct and theft under $5,000. He was transported to police headquarters and held for a bail hearing.

Alcohol crimes

Cornwall police delivered a sobering message to a 50-year-old Cornwall man when they arrested him on March 20.

City cops allege that Kelly Allen was intoxicated when he spoke to law enforcement at a St. Felix Street residence on the day of his arrest.

He was taken into custody, charged for breaching his conditions (having consumed alcohol and failing to keep the peace), and later released to appear in court on May 1.

Organizations: Cornwall Community Police Service

Geographic location: Cornwall, First Street, Guy Street Henry Street Brookdale Avenue York Felix Street

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