London Police remain on scene of an investigation on Emerson Ave., south of Shirl St. Thursday morning following a pair of bank robberies that led to multiple arrests.
Police were called to a TD Bank at 1055 Wonderland Rd. North at around 7:15 p.m. to reports of a robbery. Officers say two men entered the bank, armed with a weapon, and demanded cash. They fled the scene in a vehicle with an undisclosed amount of money.
A second robbery occurred a short time later at 7:43 p.m. at a TD Bank located at 1420 Ernest Ave. Police believe the same two suspects entered the bank, armed with a weapon, and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Then, at around 8:20 p.m., the suspect vehicle was spotted on Emerson Ave.
“Following a track by the London Police K9 Unit, two adult males were arrested in the area of Emerson Ave,” said London Police Detective Sergeant Blair Harvey.
“Further investigation was conducted at the scene of the arrest of the first two suspects, and that resulted in us going to a private residence on Emerson Avenue, where during the overnight hours, we subsequently arrested three adult males and an adult female.”
Police currently have an area blocked off on Emerson Ave. and Helena Ave., south of Shirl St., but police say they expect to have the area cleared later Thursday morning.
There is no word if the arrests are directly related to the bank robberies, but police say they are actively conducting an investigation.
“There’s no immediate danger to the public,” said Detective Sergeant Harvey.
“We have a residence contained on Emerson Ave. I believe the residents in the area have been encouraged to shelter in place in terms of just staying inside of their residence, but there is no immediate threat to the public.”
Neighbours who live on the street were not allowed to come in or leave while police were carrying out their operation. Bob Way says he returned home at 9 p.m. when police already had the street blocked off.
“They just told me I can’t go up that way. They didn’t tell me a lot, they just said we’re not allowed up the street,” said Bob Way, who lives across the street from the house where the arrests were made.
“They wouldn’t let my wife or my son out, they were locked in the house. It was kind of scary because they had the guns out and everything.”
Police say there were no injuries reported in the robberies or during the subsequent arrests.
Six suspects remain in custody and two vehicles have been seized in regards to the investigation.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call London Police at 519-661-5670 or London Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).