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Arrest made in connection to string of robberies in New Sudbury

Masked man stole more than $2,500 worth of cigarettes from convenience stores
Arrest handcuffs 2 2016
Greater Sudbury Police Services arrested and charged a 26-year-old man on Nov. 30 in connection with three robberies in New Sudbury. (File)

Greater Sudbury Police Services arrested and charged a 26-year-old man on Nov. 30 in connection with three robberies in New Sudbury.

Over a two week period, it is believed that three convenience store robberies in New Sudbury were committed by a 26-year old man from Greater Sudbury.

Around 7:40 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, a man with a mask covering his entire face entered a convenience store on Lasalle Boulevard. He approached the employee, displayed a knife and demanded money.

The employee complied and gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man was seen leaving the establishment on foot.

Officers arrived on scene a short time later and a K9 track was conducted in the area, revealing items that are believed to have been disposed of by the man including a duffle bag and a knife; however the man was not located during the track.

At 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, a man wearing a gorilla mask entered a confectionary on Madison Avenue, jumped over the counter while displaying a knife and demanded that the employee give him cash and cigarettes.

The man made off with an undetermined amount of cash and a number of cigarette cartons valued at more than $1,300. The man fled the area on foot.

Shortly after 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, a man wearing a bandana and sunglasses to conceal his face entered the same store on Madison Avenue, jumped the counter and once again demanded money and cigarettes.

This time the man left with more than $1,400 in cigarettes and some cash. The man fled the store on foot and was later seen getting on a bicycle.

A K9 track was done in the area where the sunglasses believed to be worn by the man were located.

Through ongoing investigations into each of these incidents by detectives in the Break Enter and Robbery (B.E.A.R.) Unit, it was determined that the same man was believed to be responsible for all three of the robberies.

Just before 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 26-year old Alain Paradis was seen riding a bicycle on King Street where he was arrested by members of the BEAR Unit.

Upon searching him, officers located a number of pills including methamphetamine and hydromorphone, both Schedule I Substances.

He has been charged with the following offences under the Criminal Code of Canada;

  • Robbery (three counts)
  • Disguise with Intent (three counts)
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance (two counts)
  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance of Bail

Alain Paradis attended Weekend and Statutory Holiday (W.A.S.H.) Court on Saturday and was remanded into custody until Tuesday, Dec. 4 when he attended Bail Court.