Police have arrested a man in relation to the recent cash register thefts in HRM.
On Saturday, April 19 at 4:20 pm. officers responded to the Needs convenience store at 14 Highfield Park Drive for a report of a theft of a Kia Rio. The owner had been inside the store for a few minutes when he discovered his vehicle had been stolen. An hour later, officers responded to Montague Grocery at 744 Montague Road for a report of the cash register being stolen. The suspect fled the scene in the stolen Kia Rio and proceeded outbound on the Waverly Road. No weapons were used in the theft and the employee was not threatened or harmed.
At 11:15 p.m. patrol officers and investigators in the Integrated General Investigative Section arrested a 37-year-old man at a Lower Sackville residence without incident. Investigators allege that he is responsible for three cash register thefts and the above-mentioned theft of vehicle. The first theft was at the Montague Grocery, 744 Waverly Road on April 16 at 9:16 p.m.; the second one was at Needs on Lacewood Drive on April 17 at 11:15 pm. and the third was at Montague Grocery on April 19 at 5:20 p.m. After the second incident, the suspect was involved in an incident involving flight from police and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle after police attempted to stop his vehicle on the Bedford Highway on April 18 at 3:20 a.m.
The 37-year-old man is being held in police custody and will appear in court this week to face the following charges: three counts of theft and possession under $5000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police and motor vehicle theft.
Police are still looking for the stolen vehicle used in the third incident of theft. It is described as a 2009 red Kia Rio sedan with a cracked front windshield on the passenger side and bearing Nova Scotia license plate EYG 897. It was possibly abandoned in the Lower Sackville area.