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Store Robbed Twice In The Same Day, Police Pursuit Ends Quickly

UPDATED A busy overnight shift for Halifax police with a two convenience stores robbed (one twice in the same day) and a short police pursuit.

Update 11/17/09 from HRPD:
A man is in custody and faces charges in connection to three recent
robberies in Halifax.

The first incident took place at 11:30 a.m on November 15 at TJ’s
Grocery located at 290 Main Street where a man entered the store and
produced a small knife and demanded money. At 6:25 p.m. that same day a
man with a knife entered the Hub General Store located at 3580 Dutch
Village Road and demanded cash. On November 16 at 12:58 a.m. a taxi
driver was robbed at knife point at Rufus Avenue and Birch Street. None
of the victims was injured and in each case the suspect obtained an
undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing.

A combined effort involving the HRP/RCMP Integrated General
Investigation Unit, West Division Quick Response Unit and West Division
Community Response Officers led to a suspect being identified. He was
arrested late yesterday afternoon without incident at a residence in the
100 block of Ketch Harbour Road.

A 36-year-old Ketch Harbour man is scheduled to appear in Halifax
Provincial Court today charged with all three robberies. He also faces a
number of weapons related offences.

 

Robberies

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At 6:25 pm, 3580 Dutch Village Rd, Hub General Store, Halifax.

A man entered the Hub General Store, approached the clerk, displayed a knife and demanded cash. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash then fled, leaving the area in a black SUV travelling west on Rufus Ave. No injuries resulted.

Suspect was described as a 20-30 yr old white man, 220-250 lbs, 6′ tall, brown or blond hair, beige pants and a round face.

Then at 12:58 am, at Rufus Ave / Birch St , Halifax, a taxi  driver was robbed at knife point by a white male. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot. No injuries resulted.

Suspect was described as a white male, 20 yrs old, 200 lbs, 5’9", wearing camouflage shorts, black jacket and a ball cap.

These matter remains under investigation and it is believed that these robberies maybe linked to a previous robbery which occurred at 290 Main Ave., Halifax earlier in the day.

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At 8:45 pm, 290 Main Ave., TJ’s Grocery, Halifax

A man entered the store, threatened the clerk with what appeared to be pepper spray and demanded cash. The suspect obtained nothing and subsequently fled on foot towards Dunbrack St. The area was searched with negative results. No injuries resulted.

The suspect is described as a white man, 21 years old, 5’8" tall, 165 lbs, wearing a white bandana around his face, grey parka with fur collar, black patch on left arm and black zippers on left breast pocket, black Nike shoes with orange "swoosh" insignia, and jeans.

This is the second robbery at this location today. Both robberies remain under investigation and are not believed to be related.

Pursuit

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At 9:22 pm, Connaught Ave./ Windsor St., Halifax

A traffic stop was attempted by an HRP patrol unit on a suspected stolen vehicle however the vehicle refused to stop. Vehicle was pursued a short distance at low speeds and was eventually stopped near the 3500 block of Robie St. No injuries resulted.

The driver, a 37 old Halifax man, will be appearing in Halifax Provincial Court later today to face charges of possession of stolen goods under $5000, fleeing police, operating a vehicle while impaired, operating a vehicle with over 80 mgs alcohol in blood and breaching his conditional sentence.

Drugs

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A 9:50 pm, 1600 block of Robie St., Halifax

Two HRP Central officers were patrolling and noted two suspicious men walking in area of the 1600 block of Robie St. The officers interviewed the men and noted a strong odour of marijuana. The men were arrested under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act and searched. The Officers subsequently located and seized an undisclosed amount of what is believed to be marijuana, hashish, hashish oil, cocaine, drug paraphernalia and cash.

Two Halifax men were released on a Promise to Appear and Undertaking to appear in Halifax Provincial Court at a later date charged with trafficking.

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