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Halifax police probe pair of Sunday afternoon robberies

Police say the first robbery happened at Jake's Variety in Dartmouth. .
Police say the first robbery happened at Jake's Variety in Dartmouth. . Graeme Benjamin/Global News

Halifax Regional Police are investigating two separate robberies that occurred Sunday afternoon.

Police say the first happened at a convenience store on Portland Street in Dartmouth just before 4:15 p.m.

According to police, a man entered Jake’s Variety convenience store carrying what was believed to be a “sensory irritant” and threatened a female employee.

The suspect grabbed the cash register and fled the store. He was last seen running along Maitland Street towards Parker Street, police say.

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Police say a 15-year-old girl was arrested at the scene in connection with the theft shortly after it occurred. A 17-year-old boy was arrested at a home on Prince Albert Road about two and a half hours later.

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The girl was charged with one count of robbery and released, while the boy has been charged with robbery, possession of a weapon dangerous and breach of court orders. He was held in custody and scheduled for a bail hearing on Monday.

The employee was treated at the scene for minor injuries she received during a struggle with the suspect.

Man remains unphased by armed bar robbery, lights cigarette
Man remains unphased by armed bar robbery, lights cigarette

Police say the second robbery happened in Halifax about 10 minutes after the one in Dartmouth.

According to a police news release, a man stole a jacket from the ENVY store at Park Lane Mall on Spring Garden Road.

Police say the suspect pushed a female employee and uttered threats while fleeing the store. The employee, however, was not injured.

Police say a jacket was stolen from ENVY at Park Lane Mall on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019.
Police say a jacket was stolen from ENVY at Park Lane Mall on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Graeme Benjamin/Global News

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The 41-year-old suspect was spotted walking along Grafton Street at 4:30 p.m., where he was arrested. He has been charged with robbery, two counts of breaching a probation and one count of breaching a recognizance.

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The stolen jacket was recovered and returned to the store.