Two rob­beries take place one hour, one block apart

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

Two New Water­ford men ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court in Syd­ney on Tuesday to face charges in con­nec­tion with an armed rob­bery and an at­tempted rob­bery in New Water­ford Mon­day.

Aaron Shaun Young, 29, was charged with in­tent to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence with a face masked, rob­bery, pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose and two breaches of rec­og­nizances.

Young was re­manded and is sched­uled to ap­pear back in Syd­ney pro­vin­cial court on Sept. 12.

Wil­bur Bernard Wood­land, 44, of New Water­ford, was charged with two counts of rob­bery dur­ing a brief ap­pear­ance in Syd­ney pro­vin­cial court. Wood­land was also re­manded and is sched­uled back in court Aug. 31.

At about 7:10 a.m. on Mon­day the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice Ser­vice re­sponded to a 911 call about an at­tempted rob­bery at the ATM in the Sco­tia­bank on Plum­mer Ave. in New Water­ford.

Chris­tian Fraser, 44, of New Water­ford was ap­proached by two men in pos­ses­sion of a knife. Fraser was un­able to give the sus­pects any money as he had for­got­ten to ac­ti­vate his card. Fraser did re­ceive a mi­nor in­jury. The sus­pects fled on foot from the area.

At about 8:15 a.m. the CBRPS re­sponded to a 911 call to the Needs con­ve­nience store on Plum­mer Av­enue, just a block away from the Sco­tia­bank. A 59-year old male store manager and a 50-year fe­male clerk re­ported a lone male dis­guised and with a weapon had en­tered the store and then fled on foot af­ter re­ceiv­ing an undis­closed amount of money.

Staff Sgt. Ken O’Neill of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice Ser­vice said one of the ac­cused was ar­rested in New Water­ford Mon­day morn­ing and the other Mon­day evening.

O’Neill con­firmed a weapon was re­cov­ered by the force’s K-9 unit on Mon­day.

Whether or not money taken from Needs dur­ing the rob­bery was re­cov­ered is not known yet. O’Neill said that in­for­ma­tion can­not be re­leased at this time, as the mat­ter is now be­fore the courts.

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