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Panhandler charged with wearing stolen jacket

The jacket allegedly still had the tags attached
Guelph Police
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Guelph police say that a male who was panhandling Friday in a stolen jacket faces charges.

About 4:20 p.m. Friday police were called to the intersection of Woodlawn Road West and Silvercreek Parkway North for reports of two males approaching vehicles and asking for money. The caller advised he had been involved in a minor collision after another car swerved to avoid the males.

Police spoke to the males and noted one was wearing a brand-new jacket with the tags still attached. The male claimed he had bought the jacket a few days earlier from a nearby store, but police were able to confirm that was not so.

A 44-year-old male of no fixed address is charged with possessing stolen property and soliciting on a highway under the Safe Streets Act. He will appear in a Guelph court June 4.