Hamilton, Ont. police say snow helped officers nab alleged car thief

HAMILTON - Police in Hamilton say the snow storm that hit southern Ontario aided officers in arresting an alleged car thief.

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Investigators say a man went to a Hamilton car dealer late on Monday afternoon and took off with a Mercedes, leaving behind the car he arrived in -- a Toyota that had been reported stolen.

Police say officers spotted the Mercedes early Tuesday but called off a pursuit due to weather conditions.

An officer later saw the vehicle leave a gas station -- allegedly without paying -- and then become stuck in the thick snow.

As the driver struggled to get out of the snow, other officers in the area blocked in the vehicle to prevent it from fleeing and a 29-year-old man was arrested.

Police say a Hamilton man is charged with flight from police, theft and possession over $5,000, theft under $5,000, possession under $5,000, and driving while disqualified.


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