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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

While Western students were soaking up cosmic rays on far-away beaches leaving campus relatively quiet, the usual suspects of London were robbing their way through a drug-fueled Reading Week.

Things started off with a bang on Feb. 22, as the Project Disarm unit of the London Police Service responded to a parking lot at Central Avenue and Elizabeth Street, where it located a crate containing dynamite, a .22 calibre handgun and about 100 rounds of ammunition. Police confiscated the weapon and ammunition, and the Explosives Disposal Unit retrieved the dynamite, transported it to the EDU disposal pit and detonated it.

In a separate incident, the 22nd also saw a robbery in the early evening by a 41 year old. Somewhere between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m., the middle-aged suspect approached his 26-year-old victim and threatened to beat him up if he did not give him money. The victim then withdrew money from a nearby ATM and gave the it to his assailant.

Interestingly, the suspect and the victim knew each other. Perhaps the victim was too concerned with the need to keep his friends close, but his enemies closer.

The children’s crusade also came to London last week, with two 15-year-old and two 14-year-old girls taken into custody. The charges were for an assault earlier last month on a 19-year-old female and the non-fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy.

Someone suffering from a withdrawal of sledgehammer bingo decided to attempt a strong-arm robbery last Tuesday. Just before noon, two women aged 19 and 20 were waiting at a bus stop when a vehicle stopped. A woman, aged 24 and wearing an orange hoodie, emerged from the vehicle brandishing a “mallet-style” weapon and attempted to rob the two women. Luckily, the potential victims were able to flag down a passing motorist, causing the would-be attacker to flee empty-handed.

Last week also saw several of the usual suspects fall into police custody, after varying amounts of time spent on the lam.

Though we have yet to see any Harrison Ford style escapes à la The Fugitive, a 16-year-old male, a 38 year-old male and two teenaged females have been found guilty of three separate, non-related robberies.

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