KINSAC: A 25-year-old Kinsac man has been charged with a number of drug offences following a traffic stop in connection to numerous robberies and thefts on Oct. 30 in Halifax.
In a press release, Halifax Regional Police (HRP) say they were called at 9:09 a.m. Oct. 30 to a robbery at Denith Road.
“A man entered a drug store, handed a note to staff indicating he had a knife and then demanded prescription medication from the pharmacy,” said HRP. “The suspect fled the area with an amount of product and no one was injured during the incident.”
Police said the suspect was known to them.
Later Oct. 30, at around 9:45 p.m., officers went to Spencer Avenue in Halifax to attempt to arrest the suspect in the Dentith Road robbery.
“Officers noted a lone man driving a car stop near their location,” the release continued. “However, the trunk then opened and a second man got out.
“Police performed a traffic stop, and as a result, seized a quantity of hydromorphone, cocaine and marijuana, a sum of Canadian currency and drug paraphernalia.”
The driver and the passenger were taken into custody without incident.
The driver, a 25-year-old man from Kinsac, faces charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in hydromorphone, as well as possession of cocaine and marijuana. He was released on an Appearance Notice and appeared in Halifax Provincial Court on Nov. 1.
The charges were laid by investigators in the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division.
Police determined the second man was the suspect from the Dentith Road robbery and arrested 25-year-old Michael Keltie Baldwin of Halifax.
Based on the ensuing investigation, it is alleged that Baldwin also committed several other recent crimes, including:
• Theft of jewelry at Walmart, 90 Lamont Terrace, at 8:20 p.m. on Oct. 17.
• Robbery at Petro-Canada, 7015 Bayers Road, at 10:05 p.m. on Oct. 22 where a lone man entered the business and demanded money from the clerk. The man left the business with cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash.
• Robbery at Petro-Canada, 51 Sackville Drive in Lower Sackville, on Oct. 28 at 9:30 p.m. where two men entered the store, and then one of them threatened the clerk with a syringe and demanded cigarettes. The men obtained a quantity of cigarettes and fled the store. That evening at 5:20 p.m., one of the suspects, 27-year-old Chancelor Knight Faulkner of Halifax, was arrested without incident at an apartment building in the 100 block of Old Sambro Road. Faulkner appeared in Dartmouth Provincial Court Oct. 31 to face charges of robbery and breach of a recognizance.
• Theft of drones from Mighty Small Cars Store, 552 Windmill Road, at 4:20 p.m. on Oct. 29.
Baldwin was questioned in relation to all of these crimes. He was held in custody and was scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court Nov. 1 to face three counts of robbery; one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; two counts of theft under $5,000; two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; and three counts of breach of a recognizance.
He also faces one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking in hydromorphone and one count of possession of cocaine under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act as a result of the traffic stop Oct. 30.