Police blotter

A round-up of the bizarre crimes reported across the country

Nova Scotia: A New Glasgow man was charged with theft and mischief after stealing a ballot box from a polling station during last week’s federal election. He was apprehended outside while jumping on the box. He has done this twice before: in 2000, he threw a ballot box in a lagoon; in 2006, he ran over one with his truck. The man says he is protesting a local pulp mill and native land settlement.

Quebec: Pepper spray is a prohibited weapon in Canada, which is why the owner of a Salaberry-de-Valleyfield business—selling home security alarm systems that dispense pepper spray—was the subject of a police investigation. While executing a search warrant at his offices, police were blasted with pepper spray. The man, his wife and their daughter face various weapons and trafficking charges.

Ontario: A man charged with assault with a weapon started the fight by goading his pit bull to attack another man; instead, the dog bit its owner on the arm and face. The owner fled, returning without the dog but with another man and a chain. The victim fought back until police arrived at the scene. The altercation began after the victim caught the man urinating on his lawn.

Manitoba: A Winnipeg man is being charged under the city’s exotic animal bylaw for possession of over 50 snakes and lizards, including four carpet pythons—one of which is more than five feet long and slithered into a neighbour’s bathroom. The neighbour thinks it came through the toilet; the night before, his toilet was blocked and a plumber was unable to determine the cause.

British Columbia: After being arrested as a suspect in a break-in at a sporting goods store—or rather, a “break-out,” as he allegedly hid inside the store at closing and triggered the alarm system as he left—an Abbotsford man asked police to get his OxyContin prescription from his truck. An officer found two loaded weapons and a single OxyContin pill. The man faces weapons charges.

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