Crazy pot-smoking townies

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

All was quiet on the Western front this week â€" but that didn’t stop upstanding London citizens from partaking in a variety of criminal activities. From failed explosions to firearm extractions, the usual suspects were at it again.

At about 2 a.m. Saturday morning, a man was forcibly removed from his vehicle while parked in a lot on Oxford Street East. After tossing the man from the driver’s seat of his car, the assailant fled the area in the vehicle. The victim sustained only minor injuries as a result of the robbery.

Perhaps in an attempt to destroy the evidence, the man was spotted a half hour later, trying to set fire to a wad of paper towels that were shoved inside the car’s gas tank.

The thief fled the scene on foot after the paper towels failed to ignite, Constable Amy Phillipo, media representative for the London Police Service, confirmed.

LPS arrived on the scene with police dogs in tow and arrested the suspect a short distance away from the vehicle.

The 28-year-old man is now charged with robbery, possession of stolen property, attempt to commit an indictable offense and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

On Wednesday afternoon, LPS searched a home at 511 Lawson Rd. and uncovered almost $12,000 worth of marijuana, along with a 9mm handgun, ammunition, a stolen vehicle and license plates.

Police arrested a female suspect on the scene, and were looking for a male suspect â€" an apparent partner in crime. The man turned himself in to police Thursday evening.

As a result, a 27-year-old woman is charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen property over $5,000, unsafe storage of a firearm, unlicensed possession of a handgun and possession of a restricted weapon.

The 33-year-old man faces similar charges, plus breaching a court release.

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