Halifax Regional Police are investigating a robbery that occurred last evening in Dartmouth.
At 9:51 p.m. on September 7th, 2020, officers responded to a report of a robbery at the Irving Service Station located at 200 Waverley Road, Dartmouth. A lone male suspect entered the Service Station and confronted the lone female employee who was working behind the counter, he stated, “I want the cigarettes and money, I just want the cigarettes and money”. The suspect produced a knife by pulling it out from the front of his pants and points the knife at the female employee stating, “I have a knife and I want all the cigarettes and bills from the till”. The female employee screams and the suspect again states, “ I have a knife and I know the cigarettes are here just give me the cigarettes and money”. The suspect bolts behind the counter and waves the knife at the female employee, he points the knife at the drawer containing the cigarettes and states, “If you don’t give me the cigarettes I will kill you”. The female employee starts filling a green re-usable Sobeys’s bag which the suspect has in his possession with the cartons of cigarettes. When the Sobeys’s bag is filled with the cartons of cigarettes the suspect points the knife at the till and states, “Open the till”. The female employee opens the till and is about to give the suspect the coins from the till. The suspect states, “ Stop giving me coins I want bills”. The suspect grabs an undisclosed amount of bills from the till and runs towards the door while stuffing the bills into his jacket pocket. The suspect bolts out the Service Station door and runs to his left towards the car wash.
The female employee was not injured.
A witness observes the suspect leave the Service Station parking lot in an Orange Dodge Dart with a temporary permit in the window. As the police are arriving on the scene the witness observes the vehicle pull into an apartment building parking lot at 172 Braemar Drive. The witness notifies the arriving officers on the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle. Officers locate the vehicle which is unoccupied and the officers can observe inside the vehicle cartons of cigarettes and the jacket the suspect was wearing at the time of the robbery.
The suspect is described as a white male, between 25-30 years old, 5’8” to 6’0” in height, slim build. He was wearing a white zip up jacket with three green stripes going down both sleeves of the jacket and three green stripes going across the chest of the jacket, olive colored pajama pants or sweat pants, white shoes, a dark blue ski mask with an eye slit exposing his eyes, the suspect was not wearing gloves. The suspect was carrying a green re-usable Sobeys’s bag which he used to have the female employee fill with the stolen cigarettes.
Multiple police units attended the scene and actively looked for the suspect. A K-9 officer attended the scene with the police service dog and began tracking the suspect from the vehicle to Chrysler Avenue where the scent of the suspects’ track was lost.
An Investigator from the Forensic Identification Unit attended and processed the scene.
The vehicle was seized as evidence and a search warrant will be prepared by Investigators later today to search the vehicle. The investigation will be assigned to Investigators from the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division.
Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspects is asked to call police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or using the P3 Tips App.