Lower Sackville, Mount Uniacke attempted robberies related: RCMP

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LOWER SACKVILLE: Police believe two recent attempted robberies in Lower Sackville and Mount Uniacke are connected.

In a release on Dec. 14, Halifax District RCMP said just before 3 a.m that day a man entered a deli on Sackville Dr. in Lower Sackville.

“He pulled a large black knife on the employee, used it to direct him towards the counter, and demanded cigarettes,” said Cpl. Jenn Clarke with Nova Scotia RCMP.

Cpl. Clarke said the employee, who was alone in the store, produced a bat and poked at the suspect with it. The suspect then ran from the scene, toward the parking lot of a nearby church.

“It is believed he got into a vehicle with another man and left the scene,” she said.

No one was hurt and nothing was taken from the deli. A police dog was used to track the suspect, but did not locate anyone.

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a long red and white sweater, with a grey hat. He was 5-foot-5 tall, and was clean shaven.

About 90 minutes later at 4:23 a.m., a man entered a service station on Hwy. 1 in Mount Uniacke, and asked the clerk for cigarettes.

“The man then produced a large black knife, and asked for all of the money,” said Cpl. Clarke. “Another vehicle came into the parking lot, and the clerk told the suspect to leave. He fled the store on foot and got into the passenger side of a vehicle which was parked on the side of the road.”

Cpl. Clarke said the vehicle then headed in the direction of Lower Sackville. Nothing was stolen and no one was hurt. RCMP members made an immediate patrol to the area and did not locate the suspect(s).

This suspect is described as a short white man in his late 20’s with a thin build. He had some stubble on his face. The investigations are ongoing, and investigators feel these two attempted robberies are related.

The Lower Sackville matter is being investigated by the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, and the Mount Uniacke matter is being investigated by East Hants District RCMP.

Anyone who has information about the these incidents is asked to contact the RCMP or Halifax Regional Police at 1-800-803-RCMP (7267), or 902-490-5020.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.

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Pat Healey
Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!