LONDON, ON (October 10, 2017) – In the wake of two bold break and enters in the northeast part of the city, London Police Service (LPS) would like to remind everyone, and students, in particular, to keep doors and windows locked, even while at home.

LPS officers responded to two break and enters at student-occupied homes in the early hours of Monday, October 9, 2017. The occupants were home at the time the suspect(s) entered the residences.

The first incident occurred at approximately 12:45 am on Thurman Circle when students found a male in the basement of their home. After the suspect left with some property, the students followed and located the suspect in the company of approximately 20 other males. One of the students was assaulted and sustained minor injuries as a result of the assault.

The second call to LPS was approximately 20 minutes later. Occupants of a student-occupied home on Fleming Drive saw a male crawling out of their basement window. When the occupants attempted to speak to the male, he indicated he had a weapon. The male ran from the home towards a number of other males waiting nearby. No weapon was seen.

“The fact that the suspects in this investigation appear to have been part of a larger group of 20 individuals is unusual, as is the fact that these break-ins occurred to residences which were occupied,” said Detective Sergeant Blair Harvey of the Street Crime Unit.

“It appears in these cases that student homes were specifically targeted so we are asking them to be sure to lock doors and windows to protect themselves from this type of incident.”

A 17-year-old London male is charged with the following Criminal Code of Canada offences in relation to the Thurman Circle incident:

  • Break and enter, contrary to section 348(1)(b); and
  • Assault, contrary to section 266.

The youth cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Anyone with information in relation to these incidents 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.londoncrimestoppers.com