Four men charged in connection with armed robberies
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.