Jean Coutu robber pleads guilty

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – A 29-year-old man from Prince Edward Island has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted armed robbery and obstruction in relation to an incident at Jean Coutu pharmacy in Sackville on Thursday, March 14.

Clinton Belcher of Summerside entered his plea during a bail hearing in Moncton provincial court last Wednesday, March 20. He will be back in court on May 23 for his sentencing hearing.

A bail hearing for the other three suspects involved in last week's robbery were held last Friday.

The four men were arrested last Thursday afternoon in connection with an attempted robbery at the downtown Main Street pharmacy, in which two of the suspects entered the store while the other two waited outside in a getaway vehicle. One of the suspects inside told the pharmacist he was armed with a syringe, saying it was filled with HIV, and demanded narcotics. When the pharmacist refused, the two men fled.

Two Jean Coutu employees then chased the suspects down the street, which helped police locate in which direction they had gone.

Geographic location: SACKVILLE, Prince Edward Island, Moncton

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