Teen charged in jewellery store thefts

London police headquarters on Dundas St. file photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News

A 14-year-old London boy is charged after three daring jewellery store thefts in two days.

The first theft happened at a jewellery store inside Masonville Place around 8 p.m. last Thursday. A young person asked to see a piece of jewellery and then ran from the store without paying for the item.

The following day around 5:30 p.m., a teen went to a different jewellery store at Masonville Place and asked to see an item. The employee recognized the young person from the previous day’s theft and called London police. The employee was threatened after asking the teen for identification. The teen then took off with the jewellery without paying.

Less than an hour later, an employee of a jewellery store at White Oaks Mall was threatened with a knife. The young person in that incident also made off with a piece of jewellery.

A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was arrested Friday. He is now charged with armed robbery, robbery with violence or threats, and theft under $5,000. The teen is scheduled t appear in London court in relation to the charges on January 28.

“It’s disheartening when our investigations reveal young people committing brazen criminal acts,” said Detective Sergeant Ryan Scrivens. “Hopefully this experience is one that results in a new direction for this youth, moving forward.”

The investigation into this incident is ongoing, police said.