Car Theft Suspect Allegedly Pulls Knife On Security Guard

Wednesday December 11th, 2013

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Windsor Police have a man in custody after he allegedly pulled a knife on a security guard following a car theft.

On Tuesday police received a call for a stolen motor vehicle in the 5400 block of Reginald Street. Police spoke to the complainant who indicated that she started her car in the parking lot, locked the doors, and returned to her apartment, with the intention of letting her vehicle warm up for a few minutes. When she returned to the lot, all that remained was broken auto glass on the ground.

Police say around 1:45pm, a citizen observed a man in a vehicle parked in the lot. Police say the man was rummaging through the vehicle. The alert citizen observed that a window on the vehicle was broken.

The citizen alerted mall security who attended the lot. Security officers approached the male and vehicle to see what was going on. The male suspect pulled a knife out and pointed it towards the security officers in a threatening manner. The suspect then fled the area on foot.

Windsor Police were notified and attended the area. The vehicle in the lot was the vehicle that was stolen earlier from Reginald Street. A K9 Unit was requested to attend the area. A Police Service Dog was deployed in an attempt to track the suspect. The K9 picked up on a scent and tracked South from Tecumseh Mall to the 2600 block of Lauzon Rd. The Police Service Dog stopped at a parked unplated vehicle in a parking lot and began to bark at the vehicle. Police located the suspect, hiding in the vehicle. He was placed under arrest. Police determined that while in the second vehicle, the suspect was attempting to steal it. There was fresh damage to the steering column.

Upon searching the suspect, police located 3 knives on him, as well as a set of keys that belong to the vehicle stolen from Reginald Street. Police learned that the suspect also had outstanding arrest warrants.

Thomas Corlett, 34 years of age is charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, Possess Weapons Dangerous to Public Peace, and Attempt Theft. The outstanding arrest warrant charges include Assault, Death Threats and Breach of Recognizance.

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