Police arrested a 40-year-old Hamilton male for theft and discovered he had several outstanding court matters related to drug trafficking and some other “serious” offences. He is set to appear in court later today.
On April 29th 2019, Hamilton Police Services (HPS) were operating in the area of James Street North and King Street West when they were approached by a loss prevention officer. He advised the officer(s) that he had just witnessed a male commit a theft at Rexall Drugstore located inside Jackson Square mall. The loss prevention officer was following the male when he came across the police. He was able to point the suspect out to the HPS officers and they took over from there. The police had ordered the suspect to stop, then he took off running. Police were able to pursue the subject and, in a taxi, which was stopped a short time later near the GO Station on Hunter Street. The male was quickly arrested and charged with theft under $5,000. Reportedly a search of the male revealed that he was in possession of the stolen property which was two bottles of cologne.
Through further investigation of the male, police learned of outstanding warrants for his arrest and that he was bound by other court orders. This arrest represented violations of the court orders according to Hamilton Police. The male was ultimately taken into police custody where an additional search was conducted. During the secondary search, police found that he was in possession of drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed number of “illicit” drugs believed to be crack cocaine.
The male is scheduled to appear in court later today to answer to his several charges.