RCMP badge. (Police photo)

FALL RIVER: Two men have been arrested for a crime spree that spanned from Shubenacadie to Dartmouth and Sackville, before coming to an end in Fall River at the paws of an RCMP Police Dog.

The men—a 25-year-old from Shubenacadie and a 23-year-old from Dartmouth—were scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court later on Dec. 20 to face multiple charges in relation to the offences. They have been held in police custody.

Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said the spree began just after 8 p.m. on Dec. 20. East Hants RCMP responded to a theft of a 2016 Hyundai Elantra from Shubenacadie.

“A short while later, just prior to 10 p.m., the same vehicle was involved in an incident on Portland St. in Dartmouth where the vehicle was driving erratically and an occupant of the vehicle waved a firearm at another motorist,” said Cpl. Hutchinson.

He said at around 10:30 p.m. the same vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run on Albro Lake Rd. in Dartmouth and again one of the occupants waved a firearm at another motorist.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. police responded to an armed robbery at a business on Windmill Rd. in Dartmouth where the same suspect vehicle and its occupants pointed a firearm at the employee and left without paying for the product.

“Fifteen minutes later, the suspects robbed a gas station at gunpoint on Sackville Dr. in Lower Sackville where they pointed a firearm at the employee and left with an undetermined amount of cash,” said Cpl. Hutchinson. “Within 10 minutes, the suspects proceeded to rob another gas station at gun point on Cobequid Rd. in Lower Sackville.”

He said the suspect left with an undetermined amount of cash during this robbery.

Just after midnight, the Wilson’s gas station on Highway 2 in Fall River was being robbed at gunpoint.

“The RCMP Police Dog Services were in the area looking for suspects,” he said. “The officer and his dog pulled up to the gas station as one of the suspects was leaving with a firearm and cash in hand.”

Cpl. Hutchinson said the man was arrested and taken into custody without incident. The other suspect was also arrested at the scene as he was in the parking lot waiting in the vehicle.

The investigation is continuing and is being conducted by the General Investigative Section of the Criminal Investigation Division.

“The arrests of these two men is the result of some incredible police work from Halifax District RCMP and Halifax Regional Police members,” said Cpl. Hutchinson. “Police worked efficiently and collaboratively to arrest these two.”

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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!