Police blotter: landlord with a gun and milk-truck bandits

A roundup of odd police reports from across the country

British Columbia: An apparently lovestruck Washington man snuck into Canada eight times over the past 12 years so that he could be with his Vancouver girlfriend. During his visits he also racked up a criminal record for break-ins and assaults. After being arrested once again last April, the man—who is addicted to crystal meth—will spend the next 11 months in prison. In Canada.

Alberta: A man carrying a knife and wearing a balaclava was fleeing the pharmacy he robbed in an Okotoks grocery store when he was “linebacker” tackled by a man shopping for milk and eggs. Several patrons dog-piled on top of the thief and held him down until police arrived. There were no injuries, except for those incurred by the robber’s street cred.

Saskatchewan: A dispute over the terms of a rental contract for a home in Swift Current turned dangerous when the 65-year-old landlord drew a gun on the 29-year-old woman renting the house. No shots were fired. The landlord was charged with breaking and entering, careless use of a firearm and unsafe storage of a firearm. The tenant is likely looking for new digs.

Ontario: A man in London faces theft charges after posing as a buyer of a diamond ring, then making off with the jewellery. The 23-year-old alleged thief responded to an online ad offering to sell the ring for $5,000, and asked the seller to meet him in a parking lot. When the two met, he then grabbed the ring and ran. He was later caught, but the ring is still missing.

Nova Scotia: Police in Cape Breton are investigating a bizarre bank theft that was carried out using a stolen dairy truck. Thieves made off with the milk truck from a local creamery. Then, at around 3 a.m. on Jan. 9, police believe the thieves hooked a long firehose or rope to the truck and wrenched a bank machine from the foyer of a Co-op store in Margaree Forks. No arrests have been made.

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