London police urge post-secondary students to lock their doors even when home

London police are urging the public – especially students – to keep their doors and windows locked, in the wake of two bold break-ins in the city’s northeast end.

Officers responded to two break and enters at student homes early Monday and have one 17-year-old man in custody. In both cases, the residents were home when the suspect or suspects entered - writes

One student sustained minor injuries after following a suspect who’d made off with some property around 12:45 a.m. Monday night, police say.

The students found a man in the basement of their home on Thurman Circle, near Fanshawe College, then followed him outside and located a suspect with 20 other men, police say.

About 20 minutes later, police responded to call after students on Fleming Drive saw a man crawling out of their basement window.

When the occupants attempted to talk to the man, he said he had a weapon. Police say the man ran from the home towards a number of other men 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,” London police Det. Sgt. Blair Harvey said in a statement.

“It appears in these cases that student homes were specifically targeted.”

Police are asking students to lock their doors and windows, even when they’re at home.

Anyone with information about the break-ins is asked to call London police at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Read also other news of London here.

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