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Credit card fraud suspect nabbed after hatchet used in bike theft

26-year-old faces charges that include breach of probation and robbery with a weapon
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Sault Ste. Marie Police file photo. Brad Coccimiglio/SooToday

A suspect wanted for credit card fraud was later arrested after allegedly wielding a hatchet while attempting to steal a bicycle, according to police.

On Aug. 16, Sault Ste. Marie Police say they received a 911 call about someone using a stolen credit card at a business on Wellington Street West around 11:45 p.m.

Police say the person had left the business before they arrived, but they were able to ID a suspect.

On Aug. 25, a second 911 call was received about an altercation between two people on Queen Street West around 4:30 p.m., the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service said in a news release.

Police say the would-be thief had threatened the victim with a hatchet while attempting to steal their bicycle.

Officers located the suspect on Albert Street East and made an arrest.

Waasmo Bradford, 26, is charged with:

  • Robbery with Weapon
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – Under $5,000
  • Fraud – Under $5,000
  • Breach of Probation x4

The accused was held in custody pending a Weekend and Statutory Holiday court hearing and remanded.

None of the allegations have been proven in court and the accused is considered innocent unless proven guilty.