A Windsor Police Service prisoner transport vehicle is shown at WPS headquarters in downtown Windsor in this October 2018 file photo.
Nick Brancaccio / Windsor Star
A man and a woman are facing charges after their arrest by Windsor police in relation to a break-in last week — and investigators believe the male suspect is responsible for many other theft incidents.On May 24 around 11:45 a.m., police received a report of a break-and-enter crime at a residence in the 1300 block of Azalia Crescent.Officers learned that a number of credit cards were taken.Descriptions of two suspects were provided to police by a witness who had noticed the pair leaving the scene.A short time later — around 2 p.m. — one of the stolen credit cards was used at a business in the 3100 block of Howard Avenue.Patrol officers and members of the Property Crimes Unit searched the area. It wasn’t long until they noticed a male and a female matching the suspect descriptions.The pair were walking in the area of Howard Avenue near the E.C. Row Expressway. When the suspects saw police, they tried to run away.Related
Officers stopped and arrested the two suspects in the 600 block of North Service Road.The man had items on his person that had been taken in the break-in earlier that day.Police also found the man to be in possession of break-in tools, as well as small quantities of suspected cocaine and oxycodone.Investigators have linked this suspect to other break-and-enter incidents.Jonathan Poitras, 29, of no fixed address, faces three counts of breaking and entering, five counts of possession of stolen property (value under $5,000), nine counts of fraud (value under $5,000), nine counts of unauthorized use of a credit card, nine counts of using a credit card obtained by an offence, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of break-and-enter tools.Chelsea Clark, 28, of Windsor, is charged with one count of breaking and entering, and one count of fraud (value under $5,000).Poitras was previously arrested in Windsor relation to a series of break-in and theft incidents in November 2018.Windsor police remind the community of the importance of reporting lost or stolen credit cards as quickly as possible. Prompt reporting of stolen credit cards directly led to arrests in this incident.Anyone with information about this or other break-and-enter crimes is encouraged to call investigators at 519-255-6700 ext. 4350.Anonymous tips can be made via Crime Stoppers at 519-258-8477 or www.catchcrooks.com.