On March 4, the Weyburn Police Service were called about a robbery occurring at a local business. The suspect appeared to be a regular shopper, before coming up the till and demanding cash before fleeing the scene.
"It's something a bit different for Weyburn," deputy police chief Rod Stafford said. "Legally in the Criminal Code, a robbery is where some threat of violence is used or a threat is used to extort money from people. In the normal sense of a robbery, that would be an armed robbery. That wasn't the case here, because there was no weapon actually seen or threatened. But because they did demand the money from the till it's not just a theft, like shoplifting, it does fall under the definition of a robbery."
The suspect was able to flee the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. However, his getaway was shortlived.
"Thanks to the community knowledge of the members working that night, the knowledge of who was in the area and the basic description of the suspect, they were able to piece it together very quickly," Stafford explained. "They approached and arrested the individual responsible and he is now before the courts on the matter."
This incident was the highlight of a quiet weekly Police Report from the WPS. You can see the full report below.
Police Report for the week of March 4 - 11
- The Weyburn PS responded to a report of a robbery at a local business. Investigation revealed that the suspect entered the building and appeared to be legitimately shopping. However, at the checkout the suspect demanded the cash from the till and fled the scene. There was no weapon or threat of a weapon. An undisclosed amount of cash was obtained. The suspect was quickly identified and arrested wihtout incident. He will be making a court appearance in the future.
- The Weyburn PS received a request to assist Weyburn EMS with respect to a person who had caused self-harm. The person was transported to hospital without incident.
- The Weyburn PS received a 'be on the lookout for' from the RCMP with respect to a suspected drunk driver. The vehicle was located on Hwy #35 north of Weyburn where the driver was arrested without incident and processed for Driving While Over .08. His license was suspended and the vehicle was impounded.
- The Weyburn PS received a report of a vehicle being driven erratically. As a result of the complaint, the vehicle was located and found to be driven by a Suspended Driver who was arrested without incident. This matter also led to information relating to a criminal theft investigation which is still ongoing. The driver was remanded in custody to appear in Weyburn Court.
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