Four men charged in con­nec­tion with armed rob­beries

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

Four Glace Bay men are be­hind bars af­ter be­ing charged in con­nec­tion with a string of armed rob­beries stretch­ing from Glace Bay to Lower Sackville.

All four made brief pro­vin­cial court ap­pear­ances in Syd­ney Thurs­day and were or­dered re­manded pend­ing the out­come of bail hear­ings sched­uled for Mon­day and June 8.

The rob­bery spree be­gan April 30 and ended May 20. It tar­geted two con­ve­nience stores, lo­cated in Glace Bay and Syd­ney, and three phar­ma­cies lo­cated in Antigo­nish, Bi­ble Hill and Lower Sackville. Po­lice al­lege that dur­ing the phar­macy rob­beries, a de­mand was made for pre­scrip­tion pills, par­tic­u­larly hy­dro­mor­phone.

Only one ac­cused, Bryan Joseph Con­ron, 32, of Con­naught Av­enue, is charged in re­la­tion to all five rob­beries. He is charged with five counts of armed rob­bery and five counts of us­ing a weapon in the com­mis­sion of an of­fence.

He is charged in con­nec­tion with an April 30 armed holdup at the Cir­cle K Irv­ing in Syd­ney; a May 3 rob­bery at Jack’s Con­ve­nience store in Glace Bay; a May 15 rob­bery at Law­tons Drugs in Lower Sackville; a May 17 holdup at Hal­ibur­ton Phar­maChoice in Antigo­nish; and a May 20 rob­bery at Fraser Guardian Phar­macy in Bi­ble Hill.

It is al­leged that a hand­gun was used in all of the rob­beries.

Con­ron is also fac­ing charges of theft over $5,000 and pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty over $5,000 in con­nec­tion with the May 8 theft of golf clubs and other equip­ment from the Lin­gan Golf and Coun­try Club in Syd­ney.

A spokesper­son for the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice said Thurs­day in­ves­ti­ga­tors have re­cov­ered what they be­lieve to be the weapon used in the rob­beries along with sev­eral sets of golf clubs.

Also charged is Ge­orge Thomas MacIsaac, 56, of Main Street, who is charged with two counts of armed rob­bery and two counts of us­ing a weapon in com­mit­ting an of­fence. He is charged in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dents in Antigo­nish and Bi­ble Hill.

His bail hear­ing is set for June 8.

Allen Her­man Brown, 50, of Me­chanic Street, is charged with armed rob­bery and us­ing a weapon in com­mit­ting an of­fence. He is charged in con­nec­tion with the rob­bery in Lower Sackville.

The fourth ac­cused, Glenn Thomas Perry, 39, of High­land Street, is charged with armed rob­bery and us­ing a weapon in com­mit­ting an of­fence in con­nec­tion with the rob­beries in Syd­ney and Glace Bay.

He is also fac­ing a sin­gle count of pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty over $5,000, which in­cluded golf clubs and other equip­ment.

The charges were filed af­ter an ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice who were as­sisted by Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice and the RCMP.

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