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3 arrested after armed robbery in Belleville

Belleville police are investigating an armed robbery that involved the theft of a woman's cellphone.
Belleville police are investigating an armed robbery that involved the theft of a woman's cellphone. Global Kingston

Three people are facing serious charges following an armed robbery in Belleville, according to police.

On Tuesday around 6:20 a.m., Belleville police were called to a robbery at a Cannifton Road home.

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Police say three suspects had stolen a woman’s cellphone while threatening her with a firearm. No one was injured during the robbery.

The three reportedly then fled in a taxi headed towards Quinte West.

Police stopped the cab on Dundas Street West using a “high-risk vehicle stop” and arrested all three suspects.

A sawed-off shotgun and drugs, including cocaine and crystal meth, were seized during the arrest, according to police.

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Damion Alexander Rout, 23, Michael Paul Mercer, 38, and Sherry Jeanen Clark, 42, all of Belleville, were jointly charged with:

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  • Robbery using a firearm
  • Being an occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there is a firearm
  • Possession of a restricted firearm or ammunition
  • Possession of a firearm knowing the serial number has been tampered with
  • Transporting a firearm or restricted weapon
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Possession of a cocaine and crystal methamphetamine

Rout and Mercer were also charged with possession of a firearm or ammunition.