Man arrested after Lunenburg County crime spree

After a crime spree in Lunenburg County, a 28-year-old man is under arrest, facing a number of charges.

Chad Harvey Leopold is charged with: theft under $5,000, mischief, five counts of breaching a court order, assault, two counts of obstruction, uttering threats, three counts of break and enter, theft over $5,000, and possession of stolen property.

According to Nova Scotia RCMP, on July 20, Leopold stole a cell phone and prescription medication from a woman, and smashed the windows of her home in Oakland, Lunenburg County. He fled on foot to avoid the police.

On July 23, Leopold assaulted a man in New Ross by striking him in the head with his fists, attempting to choke him, then pushing him down a flight of stairs. He again fled on foot when police tried to arrest him.

On July 24, two break-ins were reported in New Ross, where the suspect entered the homes and stole electronics, identification, and cash.

Later on July 24, a break and enter occurred at a home in New Ross, where the suspect entered the residence and stole a pickup truck.

A police officer on patrol in the area noticed the truck being driven erratically and tried to initiate a traffic stop. The driver, believed to be Leopold, fled into the woods and could not be located by police. The truck was examined by Forensic Identification technicians and led police again to Leopold.

On July 25, Lunenburg District RCMP responded to a complaint of a suspicious person walking along Hwy. 14 in Robinson's Corner. The man was disoriented, and when police attended the scene, they found the suspect was Chad Leopold.

He was arrested without incident and taken to a hospital for examination. He was held in custody overnight and appeared Bridgewater Provincial Court on July 26 and was remanded. He is scheduled to return to court on August 23.

The investigation is ongoing.

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