Poppy-box thief, dastardly duo nabbed

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Though all was quiet on campus last week, the City of London picked up the slack. From pocketing poppy boxes to growing ganja in the garage, the usual suspects were at it again.

Around the time of Remembrance Day, there always are a select few who decide donations for veterans would be more wisely spent on themselves. This year was no exception, as poppy boxes were stolen from gas stations, restaurants and beer stores around Nov. 11.

Last Wednesday, the elusive poppy box thief was caught by the London Police Service thanks to a tip by a concerned citizen. The man had plagued local establishments for about a week, grabbing the boxes off store counters and stuffing them into a bag or coat before making his exit. The thief was wanted in connection with the disappearance of four separate poppy boxes.

In other news, a bank robbery transpired at the Oxford and Platt’s Lane TD Canada Trust Branch. A lone male entered the branch waving what appeared to be a gun before demanding money from the teller after 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The man then escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash into a waiting light coloured four-door sedan.

The duo, apparently unaware of the innovative technology employed by modern banks, such as cameras and dye packs, was apprehended in short order. The first suspect was picked up around 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 and the other fell into police hands early Saturday evening.

The two have been linked with a break and enter mentioned in last week’s Usual Suspects, when electronics and other belongings were stolen while residents slept.

This dastardly duo have also been charged with two separate purse snatchings on Perth Ave. London Police are investigating other possible crimes the pair may have committed.

The narcotics unit of the police found a veritable pot of gold on Saturday, when London Police were called to a residence on Prosperity Court to check the welfare of the homeowner. Neighbours had become concerned after noticing mail had not been collected at the residence in over a month.

Although he may have forgotten, it seems the homeowner should have made more of an effort to collect the mail, as police found over 200 lbs of marijuana in the garage of the home, along with over $10,000 worth of equipment.

The would-be farmer was arrested and taken into custody shortly after the police located the sizable crop.

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