Greater Sudbury Police are warning convenience stores to be extra cautious after a violent robbery of a New Sudbury convenience store on Tuesday night.
Police said, just before 10 p.m. on April 9, officers responded to a call about a robbery that had just occurred at a convenience store on Madison Avenue in New Sudbury. A conducted energy weapon, better known as a Taser, was used on the store clerk.
Based on the police report, the robbery was well-planned and well-executed, and, in the words of police, “carried out with an alarming level of aggression and violence.”
Given the violence of the robbery and the fact the suspects are still at large, police are warning convenience stores to take extra precautions until the men are arrested.
“This incident was planned and carried out with an alarming level of aggression and violence,” police said in a news release. “Therefore, we ask that employees and owners of confectionaries and convenience stores to take extra safety precautions until the persons responsible are taken into custody.”
Police say that three men with concealed faces entered the store. While one of the men stood guard at the door, a second man used the conducted energy weapon to incapacitate the employee, while the third man rifled the cash register.
The trio made off with an undisclosed sum of money, cigarettes and other goods.
The employee sustained minor injuries during the robbery, police said.
The K9 unit was dispatched to search in the area of Madison Avenue and Caribou Road, but the trail went cold quickly, police said, indicating the men likely got into a vehicle and fled. Officers also canvassed the area for witnesses and evidence.
Descriptions of the men are limited. All three are described as being around six feet tall with medium builds.
Police are hoping residents in the area might have video surveillance footage that shows the store or the men. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police at 705-675-9171 or Rainbow Crime Stoppers at 705-222-8477 or online at SudburyCrimeStoppers.com.
Crime Stoppers is offering a guaranteed minimum reward of $1,000 for information recieved before April 23 at midnight that lead to police learning the identity of the three men responsible for this robbery (the reward will be divvied up if multiple successful tips are received).