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2 charged, replica firearm and drugs seized in theft probe, London police say

The front of London Police headquarters. Matthew Trevithick/980 CFPL

A 39-year-old from London, Ont., and a 35-year-old from St. Thomas, Ont., are facing drug and theft charges in connection with a theft at a Wellington Road South store, London police say.

Officers responded to the scene at 1105 Wellington Rd. S around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for a reported theft, and upon arrival, say two suspects attempted to flee but were taken into custody.

Police allege they seized a replica firearm, $1,107 in Canadian cash, 21 grams of cocaine, seven grams of crack cocaine, 21.5 oxycodone pills, 63 grams of cutting agent, and two cell phones.

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Both accused face charges of possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a Schedule I substance, and theft under $5,000.

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The 35-year-old faces an additional charge of dangerous operation of a conveyance, and flight from a police officer, police said.

The 39-year-old appeared in court in London on Wednesday, while the 35-year-old is expected to appear in court on Jan. 21, 2022, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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