Police investigate robberies
Investigators in the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are investigating five robberies that occurred over the last four weeks in Halifax, two on November 7, one on November 15 and two on November 29.
At approximately 1:15 a.m. on November 29, officers responded to a report of a robbery in the area of Quinpool Road and Robie Street. A 23-year-old man had been assaulted and his wallet and phone stolen by a group of people who fled the area. The victim was taken to hospital by officers with non-life threatening injuries. The suspects were described as a group of black males and one female. One of the males was wearing a white hoodie and a black jacket.
Due to the circumstances of this incident, investigators believe at this time that it may be connected to four other previously released incidents:
- On November 29 at 1:10 a.m. Halifax Regional Police received a report of a robbery in the area of Cogswell Street by the Emera Oval. A group of 10-15 youths approached two men and a woman who were walking in the area. A female youth punched the woman in the face, knocking her to the ground, and took her wallet. Another youth punched one of the men in the face, knocked him to the ground and punched and kicked him. The other man came to the aid of his friends and the group then fled the area on foot towards North Park Street. All three victims were treated at the scene by EHS. The only description of the suspects was one black female youth with dreadlocks and black male youth wearing dark clothing.
- On November 15 at 1:54 a.m., a 22-year-old woman was walking on Buddy Day Street when she was approached by a group of four men not known to her. The woman told them to leave and then one of the men punched her in the face several times. The group then fled on foot, after which the woman realized her wallet was missing. The suspects are described as black men, all approximately 5’9”-5’10” with skinny builds. Three of the men were wearing black hoodies and one man was wearing a white t-shirt.
- On November 7 at approximately 2:30 a.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of Gottingen Street for a report of a robbery. Upon arrival, it was learned that the 58-year-old male victim had been in the area of Cogswell and North Park Streets in Halifax at approximately 2 a.m. when he was assaulted and had his wallet stolen. No suspect description is available. The victim was assessed by EHS paramedics at the scene and didn't require further medical attention.
- On November 7 at approximately 1:55 a.m., officers responded to a robbery in the area of Maynard and Cunard Streets in Halifax. Upon arrival, it was learned that the 34-year-old male victim had been assaulted and his wallet stolen by a group of people who had fled the area. The victim was transported to hospital by EHS with non-life threatening injuries. The suspects are described as a group of three black females and three black males in their late teens or early twenties; no clothing description is available.
Investigators are exploring whether the same people may be responsible for these incidents. In response to these incidents, we have increased patrols and are conducting special checks in the area, and our Quick Response Units will be in the area in a plain clothes capacity.
Anyone with any knowledge of these incidents is asked to contact Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.