A free-rider; troubadour gone bad?

Shoplifting at a Dartmouth Dollarama, flight from police, violent home invasion and obstructing a peace officer

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Nova Scotia: After she was accused of shoplifting at a Dartmouth Dollarama, a 19-year-old woman allegedly threatened the store’s manager with a pair of scissors and assaulted a customer who tried to intervene. The accused fled the scene, but was arrested shortly afterwards when she returned to the store to retrieve something she left behind. She was charged with two counts of theft under $5,000, two counts of assault, possession of stolen goods and assault with a weapon.

Ontario: A nearly-naked Hamilton man was charged with flight from police, dangerous driving and failing to wear a helmet after police caught him taking an early morning motorcycle ride wearing only a T-shirt. The 40-year-old allegedly sped away when he saw an officer. He was finally arrested after getting off the bike.

Saskatchewan: A 23-year-old Regina man was charged with two counts of assault with a weapon—and with breaching a no-contact order—after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and her sister with a guitar. The man had been arrested the previous day for allegedly punching his girlfriend and had been ordered to stay away from her.

Police in Calgary are looking for four men in connection with a violent home invasion during which part of the homeowner’s ear was severed. Police believe the intruders entered the house carrying handguns and wearing blue coveralls and balaclavas. The victim is recovering after suffering “minor injuries,” the police reported.

British Columbia:
Police arrested a Nanaimo man after he refused to come down from a roof. Police claim the 23-year-old became paranoid after smoking drugs, climbed onto the roof, and started setting off flares. The man jumped onto live hydro wires, where he hung for four hours before jumping onto a police cruiser. He has been charged with mischief, obstructing a peace officer and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace.

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