An armed suspect behind two convenience store hold-ups in the rural south end might not be hard to identify. He was left with a smashed windshield after a victim followed him and went postal on his car.
“We don’t get a lot of robberies” in rural areas, said Ottawa police Staff Sgt. Mike Haarbosch, adding he’s hopeful images from surveillance footage will help nab the man.
The first robbery took place May 15 in the 2300 block of St. Andrew St. in North Gower. The man entered the store at 8 p.m., demanding the employee hand over cash. No one was injured and the suspect took off with money, possibly in a gold Nissan Altima.
The man targeted another store in the 5500 block of Osgoode Main St. at 5:10 p.m. on May 20. Again wielding a knife, he approached a store employee and demanded money. The victim obliged and the suspect left with cash.
There were no injuries. However, the victim followed the suspect out of the store and repeatedly struck the passenger side windshield using an item cops don’t wish to reveal. It caused “severe damage. I mean, it would’ve had to been repaired,” said Haarbosch.
“Had it not, it would’ve certainly stuck out, for sure.”
Although the damaged car will aid cops in their investigation, chasing after a suspect is “not something we suggest,” said Haarbosch.
“We tell (robbery victims) to just give them what they want,” to avoid escalating the encounter, he added.
The suspect is white, 40 to 50 years old, standing 6 feet. He has a medium build with a pot belly, medium-length salt-and-pepper hair and spoke English. He was wearing a light coloured baseball cap with an oval-shaped logo on the front.
Anyone with information about the suspect, a repair on a vehicle as described, or details about any other robbery is asked to call police at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.