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Updated: Alleged St. John's parking meter thief in court

A broken parking meter in St. John’s in March 2017.
A broken parking meter in St. John’s in March 2017. - SaltWire Network

An alleged parking meter vandal made a quick appearance before a judge in St. John’s Friday morning.

Leslie John Jordan, 35, was arrested after police received a report of a man damaging and stealing from parking meters in the area of St. Clare’s hospital.

The suspect had left the area by the time police arrived, but had been seen getting into a vehicle. Officers located the vehicle but when they pulled it over, the suspect got out and ran.

The female driver was ticketed for having no insurance and failing to transfer ownership of the vehicle, which was impounded.

Police arrested Jordan at his home around 10pm. He’s been charged with mischief by damaging property, theft under $5,000 from the City of St. John’s, and breach of a court order. He was released from custody after a court appearance, with conditions including that he stay away from St. Clare’s hospital. He’ll be back in court later in the month.

There’s no evidence Jordan is responsible for a spate of damages and thefts from parking meters in the downtown St. John’s area over recent weeks.

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St. John’s, N.L. — Police responded to St. Clare’s Hospital Thursday evening shortly before 8 o’clock  to reports of a man damaging and stealing from parking meters.

The man left the area on foot but was picked up in a vehicle.

When officers pulled the vehicle over the 35-year-old male suspect fled on foot.

The driver, a 33-year-old woman, was found to be driving with no insurance and had failed to transfer ownership. She was ticketed for same and the vehicle was impounded.

About 10 p.m., as a result of further investigation, initial responding officers showed up at the  residence of the meter theft suspect, where the man was arrested.

He was charged with mischief, theft and breach of court orders and held for court in the morning.

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