Cops charge duo in Jan. 1 liquor store crash ’n’ grab

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Lon­don po­lice have charged two men in a New Year’s Day break-in at an east Lon­don LCBO store that caused hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in dam­age when a ve­hi­cle was driven through the front of the store.

In an­nounc­ing the charges against the two men, one of whom re­mains at large, po­lice said tips from the pub­lic have helped in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “It’s un­for­tu­nate that so much dam­age was caused for what was in essence, a theft of only a hand­ful of items,” Det. Sgt. Ryan Scrivens said in a state­ment.

“We are pleased with the out­pour­ing of in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.”

An 18-year-old Lon­don man is charged with break­ing and en­ter­ing, pos­sess­ing stolen prop­erty and breach­ing re­lease con­di­tions.

Po­lice are search­ing for a 21-yearold man of no fixed ad­dress wanted on a war­rant for break­ing and en­ter­ing and pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty. The break-in at the LCBO out­let on 348 Clarke Rd. south of Dun­das Street oc­curred at about 6:20 a.m. on Jan. 1. Liquor was stolen after a ve­hi­cle was driven into the front of the store.

Po­lice re­leased sur­veil­lance video images show­ing one sus­pect scoop­ing up bot­tles of liquor from the shelves. Images of a sec­ond sus­pect, whose iden­tity is pro­tected un­der Canada’s Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act, were not re­leased.

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