Robbers thwarted after car crashes in front of off-duty police officer

Sherry Martell
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Silly robbers, don't you know sidewalks aren't for cars?
Bonnie and Clyde Barrow could have given a few pointers to a young couple trying to flee police by advising them to take an alternate route.

TATAMAGOUCE: Silly robbers, don't you know sidewalks aren't for cars?
Bonnie and Clyde Barrow could have given a few pointers to a young couple trying to flee police by advising them to take an alternate route.
Lisa Redmond, an employee at Open Doors in the North Shore Business Centre, was startled from her work Thursday about 2:30 p.m. when she and co-workers heard the sound of metal scraping concrete and ran to see what was happening outside.
"This car was up on the sidewalk and a guy jumped out of the driver's seat and took off over the bank," she said.
An off-duty police officer was hot on his heels.
Meanwhile, the women in the getaway car's passenger seat stepped out of the vehicle and asked Redmond if she could store suitcases.
"I said: "No! It seemed really strange she would ask us to store her bags."
Cpl. Jim Baird, who another by-stander said: "runs faster than a jack rabbit" quickly caught up with the suspect after he slipped on ice in a residential area near the Trans-Canada Trail.
RCMP had been investigating a robbery that took place at a Tatamagouche home Wednesday evening.
They were in the process of trying to pull a car over containing two of three suspects, when the driver's escape route was blocked by a passing school bus and it veered onto the sidewalk.
Friday, the lone male suspect, Cecil Anthony Boutilier, 26, of no-fixed-address was charged with break, enter and theft, resisting arrest, and failing to stop for police.
Charges are still pending against an adult woman and. The investigation continues.

Organizations: Open Doors, Trans-Canada Trail, RCMP

Geographic location: Tatamagouche

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