Clerk shaken by armed robbery
Suspect in Riverhead Irving robbery remains at large
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).