Less than a week after launching the Kindness Meter initiative in London, one of the five repurposed parking meters was stolen from Ivey Park on Monday, June 19, 2017. These meters, located in downtown parks across the city, collect donations for local community groups dedicated to providing services and resources to individuals experiencing poverty and/or homelessness.
Police were made aware of the stolen meter through our online reporting system, as well as through the local media coverage.
On June 22, 2017, information was provided from the public, which assisted police in their investigation. As a result, two females, aged 15 and 16, (both of London) were charged jointly with theft under $5000, contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada. The youths cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
While the meter has yet to be recovered, London Police would like to recognize the community for their support and assistance in this matter.
Anyone with further information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to www.crimestoppers.com .