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Two people from Windsor have been arrested in Chatham-Kent.
Police say that shortly after 5:00pm Thursday evening, the man and woman went to Affinity Distinctive Jewellery on St. Clair Street in Chatham. The man entered the store and inquired about engagement rings. The salesperson showed the man two trays of rings containing ten diamond rings each.
As soon as the salesperson turned her head for a minute, the man grabbed both trays of rings and fled the store. The man jumped into the front passenger seat of a Pontiac Grand Am as the woman sped away.
The trays had a combined value of approximately $25,000.
Police were called and through investigation learned the vehicle had been stolen from Windsor earlier in the afternoon.
Around 6pm police saw the vehicle, now being driven by the man, travelling on Tecumseh Line, south of Tilbury. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, however the man accelerated and refused to stop. The man drove through a field until he reached a driveway and made it back on to the roadway, striking a street sign along the way.
Despite the damage to the front end of the vehicle, police say the man continued to drive in a dangerous manner and almost struck a police cruiser. The officer had to take evasive action to prevent a collision. For public safety reasons, police terminated the pursuit. A short time later, the vehicle was stopped in Belle River and the pair were arrested. Upon being searched incident to arrest, the man was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.
The 30-year-old Windsor man has been charged with possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000, theft over $5,000, possession of property obtained by a crime over $5,000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police and drug possession.
The 34-year-old Windsor woman has been charged with possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000, theft over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by a crime over $5,000.
Both have been held in custody pending a bail hearing.