Ontario dealer shot in morning robbery

Police have arrested four people after a dealer in London, Ont., was shot and one of his employees assaulted with a sledgehammer during a robbery at his business this morning.

The robbery took place after 9 a.m. at London Gold Buyer, owned by dealer Daniel Loewith, a member of the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers. According to the London Police Service, both Loewith and his employee were transported to the hospital and remain in “serious but non-life-threatening condition.” The investigation is ongoing as of early this afternoon, but police noted there is no threat to public safety.

The arrests occurred in nearby Woodstock about two hours after the robbery. It “came on the heels of a dramatic scene that included heavily armed officers searching for what one called an ‘active shooter’ on Brydges Street in London,” according to a Jan. 5 report from the London Free Press. About half a dozen police cruisers and two ambulances arrived at the business just before 10 a.m.

“The initial scanner call suggested a possible violent robbery,” the Free Press report added. “Two ambulances, sirens blaring, were seen racing from the business.”

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