Armed robbery in Lunenburg

Lunenburg District RCMP has charged a 45-year-old man with armed robbery following a robbery at a Lunenburg business.

On September 23 Lunenburg District RCMP responded to an armed robbery at a business on Victoria Rd. in Lunenburg. A masked man entered the store and brandished a knife ordering the clerk to turn over a number of cartons of cigarettes. The suspect then fled on foot. The incident was recorded on the video surveillance system. In response to the robbery, on Wednesday, RCMP General Investigative Section with assistance from Lunenburg District RCMP and South Shore Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit obtained a warrant and searched a residence in First Peninsula. A man and a woman were arrested at the residence without incident.  During the search of the residence, evidence related to the armed robbery was seized as well as a generator that was stolen from a construction site in November 2018 was recovered.

Josh James Backman of First Peninsula has been charged with Armed Robbery, Possession of Stolen Goods exceeding $5000 and Breach of a Judicial Release Order. Backman, remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on October 9 at 9:30 a.m. The woman arrested has been released without charges.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Lunenburg District RCMP at 902-527-5555. Should you wish to remain anonymous call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at, or use the P3 Tips App.

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