A Chatham homeowner caught a man trying to steal marijuana plants from his backyard on Park Street just after 9 p.m. Friday.
The homeowner detained the suspect until Chatham-Kent police arrived.
A 49-year-old Chatham man was charged with theft and possession under $5,000. He was released with a Nov. 3 court date.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service and CN Police Service worked together Thursday on Operation Clear Track, the largest rail-safety law enforcement initiative in North America.
Officers did enforcement around railway crossings in Chatham-Kent. They issued $125 tickets to two pedestrians for trespassing under the Railway Safety Act of Canada, charged one driver with speeding, charged one driver with distracted driving, and charged one driver with stunt driving for going 103 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.
“Trespassing on railway property is a violation of federal law and can result in arrest and fines up to $25,000 and six months in jail,” CN police Const. Brady Arnold…