Clerk shaken by armed rob­bery

Sus­pect in River­head Irv­ing rob­bery re­mains at large

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

The owner and man­ager of the River­head Irv­ing in Har­bour Grace felt like her space had been in­vaded fol­low­ing an armed rob­bery at the gas sta­tion on Jan. 16.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever had an armed rob­bery,” said Laverne Hur­dle. “It’s sad some­thing like that hap­pens in this area.”

The RCMP was still look­ing for a male sus­pect as of Jan. 21. He en­tered the busi­ness armed with a knife at ap­prox­i­mately 8:30 p.m., leav­ing with an undis­closed amount of cash. He is de­scribed as about six-feet four­inches tall, with a medium build and dark eyes. He wore a black leather jacket, light blue jeans, and black gloves dur­ing the rob­bery, which was cap­tured on se­cu­rity cam­eras. His face was par­tially con­cealed.

“I didn’t hear him en­ter the store,” said Lori An­tle, who was work­ing when the rob­bery oc­curred. She was fac­ing away from the counter to count cig­a­rettes when the rob­ber en­tered the busi­ness, which had no other cus­tomers at the time.

“I heard a lit­tle voice say, ‘Give me the money,’ and I turned around. At first I hesi- tated, be­cause I thought it was just a prank, some­body fa­mil­iar to me.”

The rob­ber asked again for the money, and when she hes­i­tated a sec­ond time, An­tle said he shook his knife, at which point she opened the cash reg­is­ter and gave him cash. He then left on foot.

“ The only thing vis­i­ble on his face was his eyes,” said An­tle.

It’s the first such rob­bery at the River­heard Irv­ing, but not the first time the busi­ness has been af­fected by crime. Hur­dle said there was a pair of overnight break-ins at the gas sta­tion in 2005.

Hur­dle said there were foot­prints in the snow at the rear of the busi­ness, in­di­cat­ing the cul­prit came and went from be­hind the gas sta­tion.

Hur­dle is look­ing at ways of im­prov­ing se­cu­rity at the store, in­clud­ing in­stalling a pair of cam­eras out­side the build­ing, and she is adding mea­sur­ing tape along­side the front door to in­di­cate a per­son’s height.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact the RCMP at 596-5014 or Crime Stop­pers at 1800-222-TIPS (8477).

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