3 arrested after grocery store theft upgraded to robbery investigation

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A trio of suspects from Ingersoll faces robbery charges after a theft at a London grocery involving a laser pointer.

London police say the incident happened at a store on Adelaide Street North near Huron Street around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

Investigators say a woman ran from the store after a loss prevention officer confronted her for allegedly stealing products. Police say the woman got into a vehicle driven by a man and the loss prevention officer followed until a citizen noted a red laser dot was pointed at them.

Officers say it looked like the kind of laser sight mounted on firearms.

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At that point, investigators say the employee went back inside and called the police, who were able to take the woman and two men, all of Ingersoll, into custody a short distance away after a high-risk vehicle stop.

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The investigation didn’t turn up a gun, but a laser pointer was located. Police say they seized $140 of suspected methamphetamine and hydromorphone.

Police say because the victims had an honest belief the laser dot represented the presence of a firearm that means the offence qualifies for the charge of robbery with violence or threats. The suspects, a 43- and 29-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman face a robbery charge each and a count each for drug possession.

They’re set to appear in court again on Dec. 24.