HANTS COUNTY, N.S. — RCMP officers are investigating two attempted robberies Dec. 14.
The first incident occurred in Lower Sackville, with the second incident occurring less than an hour and a half later in Mount Uniacke. Both involved a man wielding a knife.
According to an RCMP press release, just before 3 a.m. Dec. 14, a Caucasian man entered a deli on Sackville Drive in Lower Sackville. It is alleged he pulled a large black knife on the employee, using it to direct the employee towards the counter. The man demanded cigarettes. The employee, who was alone in the store, produced a bat and poked at the suspect with it. The suspect ran from the scene, toward the parking lot of a nearby church. It is believed he got into a vehicle with another man and left the scene. No one was hurt and nothing was taken from the deli. A police dog was used to track the suspect but did not locate anyone.
The suspect was seen wearing a long red and white sweater, with a grey hat. He was 5-foot-5 tall, and was clean shaven.
At 4:23 a.m., police were alerted to another attempted robbery. A Caucasian man entered a service station on Hwy. 1 in Mount Uniacke, and asked the clerk for cigarettes. The man then produced a large black knife, and asked for all of the money. Another vehicle came into the parking lot, and the clerk told the suspect to leave. He fled the store on foot and got into the passenger side of a vehicle that had been parked on the side of the road. The vehicle headed in the direction of Lower Sackville. Nothing was stolen and no one was hurt. RCMP members made an immediate patrol to the area and did not locate the man or the driver.
This suspect is described as a short man in his late 20s with a thin build. He had some stubble on his face.
The investigations are ongoing, and investigators feel these two attempted robberies are related. The Lower Sackville matter is being investigated by the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, and the Mount Uniacke matter is being investigated by East Hants District RCMP.
Anyone who has information about the these incidents is asked to contact the RCMP or Halifax Regional Police at 1-800-803-RCMP (7267), or 902-490-5020. To remain anonymous, contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.
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