London, Ontario – A London man was arrested in relation to extensive property damage that took place throughout the downtown area yesterday evening.
On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at approximately 9:20 p.m., the owner of an auto body shop located at 485 York Street viewed video surveillance footage of the business after an alarm went off at that location. The footage showed an adult male throwing rocks at the windows of the business at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Shortly afterwards, the owner of a storage facility located at 277 Maitland Street received a notification that an alarm was triggered. She attended the business and observed the front window to be broken. Video footage showed an adult male throwing a rock at the window shortly after 9:15 p.m.
An adult male suspect was observed by a citizen a short time later in front of a clinic located at 448 Horton Street East. The suspect was observed throwing an unknown object at the front door of the building causing damage.
At approximately 10 p.m., a London police officer was off-duty and leaving LPS Headquarters when he observed an unknown male in the parking lot behind the building. The officer heard a loud noise, a vehicle alarm began to sound, and the suspect began to walk out of the lot. The officer observed that the sunroof of the vehicle by where the suspect was standing, had been smashed.
Other officers, including an LPS Canine officer and his Police Services Dog attended the area. The suspect fled on foot, and after a short foot pursuit, he was arrested in the area of Maitland and York streets.
As a result of the investigation, evidence was obtained to suggest the same suspect was responsible for all four incidents.
Jamie Derek Kernohan, 38, of London, is charged with four counts of mischief under $5000.
The accused is scheduled to appear in London court today in relation to the charges.
Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com.
London Police Service
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