A man arrested after a string of robberies in Halifax this weekend has been charged.
Between 11:49 p.m. on May 22 and 1:21 a.m. on May 23, officers responded to five robbery calls throughout Halifax involving the same male suspect. The suspect entered three Subway restaurants, an Ultramar service station and a MacDonald’s restaurant. He demanded money from the clerks and obtained undisclosed amounts from two of the locations. No weapon was observed and no one was physically injured.
At 1:30 a.m., officers assigned to the Central Quick Response Unit apprehended the suspect at the rear of a taxi, as it pulled into the parking lot of the Needs convenience store on Chebucto Road. The cab driver was also arrested at the scene and was later released once officers determined that he was not involved in the robberies.
Forty-three-year-old Stephen Paul Austin was held in custody over the weekend. He will appear in Halifax Provincial Court today to face two counts of robbery and four counts of attempted robbery.