By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
The Durham Regional Police are appealing to the public for assistance after the same grocery store was the target of two separate robbery attempts in one week.
The first attempt occurred on March 27 at around 12:15 a.m. when police were called to the Metro grocery store on Taunton Road East in. According to reports, the suspect came into the store and selected an item before walking over to the clerk. The man then pulled a knife and demanded cash. The clerk called for assistance and the suspect fled on foot empty-handed. Police searched the area, but were unable to locate the man.
The suspect is described as white, 5’7” with a shaved head, wearing a black hooded jacket, black pants, red gloves with white maple leaf, and black shoes.
Then, on April 7, members of Central East Division were called to the same location at approximately 5:40 a.m. for another robbery call. The suspect entered the store wearing a balaclava and made a demand for cash. Again, the clerk called for assistance and the suspect fled on foot empty-handed. Police once again searched the area with negative results.
The clerk was not physically injured in either of the robbery attempts.
The suspect in the second case is described as male, white, 5’8” tall, 180 to 200 pounds, wearing a green balaclava, with a dark coat and pants.
Anyone with new information is asked to contact the Major Crime Robbery Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5346.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.