Windsor Police have a man in custody facing charges after a woman’s purse was stolen from her vehicle while she was pumping gas into it last week on the city’s east side.
On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. a 46 year old woman was at the Zehrs Gas Bar located at 7201 Tecumseh Rd. E. She was standing outside of her vehicle pumping gas. After completing this task, she entered her van and noticed that her purse which had been between the front seats inside the vehicle was missing. The purse contained the victim’s identification, credit cards and a quantity of cash. The victim spoke with the manager of the Gas Bar who immediately notified Windsor Police.
Officers examined the video surveillance tape of the Gas Pump area and observed images on the video which clearly depicted a white male in his 30’s wearing a navy coloured jacket, open the passenger door of the van and remove the victim’s purse. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.
At 10:00 p.m. of the same day, Windsor Police received a phone call from a man who advised that he was in possession of the victim’s purse. Officers attended the man’s residence and retrieved the purse and all of it’s contents minus the cash. Officers also received information as to the identity of the suspect involved in the theft.
Investigators were able to confirm that the image of the suspect contained on the surveillance video was in fact the person they had received information on who was responsible for the theft. Investigators arrested the suspect at his residence on May 26, 2011.
Michael POISSON – 35 years of Windsor is charged with Theft Under $5000 and Possession of Stolen Property Under $5000.
Windsor Police are reminding the public to not leave purses, wallets and other items of value unattended in plain view inside their vehicles even for very short periods of time. This is especially important during the warmer weather with vehicle windows left open for periods of time.