Active bike thief nabbed

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

From rolling cannabis to robbing cabbies, the usual suspects were at it again.

The Campus Community Police Service chased a man across campus last Thursday after receiving a call from residence staff about suspicious activity.

The man had been loitering around the bike racks outside Essex Hall at 8:30 a.m. After a hot pursuit, the suspect was arrested near TD Waterhouse Stadium and charged for bike theft.

CCPS Director Elgin Austen said the same man was caught two years ago for stealing over 100 bikes.

“He’s an active individual,” Austen said. Four or five bikes were stolen last week and police suspect this same man was responsible.

Thursday was a busy day downtown as well. Four guys were busted around 7:30 p.m. while hot-boxing a car in a parking lot near Ashland Avenue.

Unfortunately for them, the London Police Service searched the vehicle and found crack cocaine, marijuana, a digital scale and knife. In total, the drugs amounted to a value of $1,880.

Not surprisingly, the suspects were charged for trafficking and possession.

In other news, a male and female robbed a cabbie this Sunday " perhaps in a revolt against expensive London cab fees.

At around 7:45 p.m., a cab was called to Dalhousie Drive near McMaster Crescent. The pair climbed into the car and demanded money.

The cab driver received only minor injuries, but the pair fled on foot with a small amount of money. Police searched the area, but didn’t find the suspects. Police are looking for a male, white 18-25 years old, 5’11, wearing a baseball cap and dark clothing and female, white, 18-25 years old, 5’7, slim build, wearing dark clothing. Anyone with information should call London Police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS

Finally, broken parking gates were discovered at Althouse, Kent Drive, the Daycare Cenre and Talbot on Saturday.

Austen said he thought excessive alcohol consumption was a likely culprit, and warned if students are irresponsible, they could suffer academic penalties under the student code of conduct.

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