Arrest made after break-ins at Fanshawe student homes

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 01:48:34 PM. London police are reminding people to lock their doors and windows after two overnight break-ins within minutes of each other. In both cases, the occupants of the houses were home and confronted someone.

London police are reminding people to lock their doors and windows after two overnight break-ins within minutes of each other. 

In both cases, the occupants were home and confronted the alleged thief. 

Police say just before 1 a.m. on Monday, students found a man in their basement on Thurman Circle, near Fanshawe College. 

The man left with some items from the home, at which point police said the students followed him. The alleged suspect met up with about 20 other men.

Police said one of the students was assaulted by a person in the group and sustained minor injuries. 

About 20 minutes later, just after 1 a.m., students on Fleming Drive, just a block away, saw a man crawling out of their basement window. When they attempted to speak to him, the man said he has a weapon. 

The man ran from the home toward a number of other men. 

"It appears in these cases that student homes are specifically targeted so we are asking (students) to be sure to lock doors and windows to protect themselves from this type of incident," Det. Sgt. Blair Harvey said in a statement. 

"The fact that these 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 while the residences were occupied." 

A 17-year-old man is charged in relation to the Thurman Circle incident. He can't be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice act but faces break and enter and assault charges. 

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