Expensive stolen maps, a grenade and a bustling entertainment center shut down

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Police seized a hand grenade when arresting two men who tried to sell stolen trading cards to a business in London’s Kellogg Lane complex, prompting the evacuation of the eastern entertainment centre.

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London police say the men arrived at the former cereal factory at 100 Kellogg Lane around 4.20pm on Tuesday to try to sell the trading cards, which were believed to have been stolen by Sarnia police after two businesses were hit by burglaries.

According to Sarnia police, some of the stolen items included Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh cards worth thousands of dollars. Staff at the London business were aware of the break-ins and called the police, London police said.

Officers arrived at the scene and arrested two men.

After searching the suspects, police seized brass knuckles and a suspected hand grenade, prompting police to temporarily evacuate the Kellogg Lane complex and surrounding buildings.

Members of London Police’s Explosives Disposal Unit also attended the scene shortly before 6 p.m. and determined the grenade was inert, police said. The value of the recovered cards was set at $11,725, police said.

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“100 Kellogg Lane continues to be a safe destination for our customers, tenants, staff and neighbors,” the company’s management team said Wednesday morning. “We would like to sincerely thank the London Police Service and (first responders) for their quick response to this situation and keeping our community safe.”

Two 43-year-old Sarnia men are jointly charged with possession of stolen property obtained by crime. One of the men is also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and breach of a bail order.

Both men will appear in court on Wednesday, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call London Police at 519-661-5670.

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