HALIFAX–Halifax District RCMP are investigating a robbery at a Lower Sackville gas station Monday night, making it the third armed robbery in the area this week.
RCMP media spokesperson, Cpl. Dal Hutchinson tells NEWS 95.7, all three of the businesses are located on Sackville Drive, and one of them has been targeted twice.
Police say around 6:30 p.m., a man with a weapon entered the gas station and demanded cash. The gas station attendant handed over a small amount of money and the suspect left by foot.
Police describe the man as white, while a slim build, about 6-feet-tall. They say he was wearing a black mask, a dark blue hoodie with fur trim on the hood, blue jeans and back sneakers with neon green on them.
The suspect was last seen riding a bicycle on Bruce Drive in Lower Sackville.
On Saturday, October 29, police say just after 9:15 p.m., a woman armed with a knife walked into a gas station on Sackville Drive and demanded cash and cigarettes. The gas station attendant handed over cigarettes and a small amount of cash, and the woman left the store on foot. The female suspect is described as white, heavy set, about 5’2″, possibly in her 50’s, with a large lump on her lip. She was also wearing a black curly wig, dark-rimmed glasses and black track pants with three stripes, and a black jacket or sweater.
On Thursday, October 27, around 9:30 p.m., two men armed with a weapon entered a gas station on Sackville Drive and demanded cigarettes.They left with several bags of cigarettes and no one was injured. One of the suspects is described as white with an average build, about 5’9, and wearing a red shirt. The other man is described as black with a heavy build, about 5’10, and was wearing a green jacket.
And earlier in the month, on Tuesday, October 18, RCMP officers were called to Wilson’s Gas Bar on Sackville Drive around 8:30 p.m. after a report that a man had robbed the station and fled the scene on foot. Police were not able to track the lone suspect down and he is described as a white man with a thin build, standing around 6 feet tall and wearing jeans and a dark hoodie.
Hutchinson says, “This is an opportunity for people to be aware, as well as for employers to talk to their employees about safety and things they can do to protect themselves from being victims of crime.”
He wouldn’t say whether or not this was an abnormal number of incident to occur in one week, Hutchinson says, “it makes people uneasy and concerned. Again, there are things people can do to prevent this from happening but at the end of the day, a person’s safety is our priority.”
Police say anyone with information on any of the three robberies to contact RCMP, Halifax Regional Police or Crimestoppers.