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  • Man Accused of Stealing from Parking Meter Makes Court Appearance

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    Police have arrested 35-year-old St. John’s man for stealing money from a downtown parking meter.

    Leslie John Jordan was read his charges in St John’s Provincial Court this morning.

    He’s facing one count of destroying City of St John’s property not exceeding $5,000, stealing money from the City not exceeding $5,000, and a breach of recognizance.

    Just after 7:30 last night, police were called to the area of St. Clare’s Hospital after a report of a man damaging and stealing from parking meters.

    The suspect left the area before the RNC arrived but was later nabbed by police.

    During his court appearance, the Crown indicated the charges are in connection to a theft from one parking meter only.

    He was released from custody on conditions, including not to visit St. Clare’s unless he needs medical attention. He’s due back in court later this month.

    The issue of damaged or destroyed parking meters has been a big one in the capital city in recent years.

    Earlier Story

    The RNC have nabbed a parking meter vandal after a series of incidents in the capital city last night.

    Just after 7:30, police were called to the area of St. Clare’s Hospital after a report of a man damaging and stealing from parking meters.

    The suspect left the area before the RNC arrived but was spotted being picked up by another person driving a vehicle in the neighbourhood.

    Officers conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle but the man they were looking for fled on foot when it was pulled over. After a brief investigation, police determined that the 33-year-old woman driving had no insurance and had failed to transfer ownership. She was ticketed and the vehicle impounded.

    Then at 10:00 last night the RNC, after further investigation, showed up at the suspected meter thief’s residence.

    The 35-year-old man was charged with mischief, theft and breach of court orders. He is in the lock-up awaiting a court appearance later today.

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