Armed hold up

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McDonalds employees restrained by robber

SACKVILLE - Two McDonalds employees were able to free themselves and call 911 after being restrained by an armed robber at the Sackville restaurant early Thursday morning.

Armed hold up

SACKVILLE - Two McDonalds employees were able to free themselves and call 911 after being restrained by an armed robber at the Sackville restaurant early Thursday morning.

No one was injured in the holdup but RCMP Sgt. Derek Strong said the workers are obviously quite shaken by the incident.

"I think theyre in a bit of a state of shock today but otherwise unharmed," said Strong, an officer with New Brunswick RCMPs J Division.

RCMP investigators were on the scene most of the day Thursday and the restaurant was closed down for what is usually one of the busiest times of the year when first-year Mount Allison University students are arriving in town.

"Investigators have been there all day. Our forensic identification section is there and theyre dusting for fingerprints and whatever else they may findDNA evidence, etc.," he said.

Strong confirmed on Thursday that a lone male was waiting at the restaurant, located along the highway commercial area of Main Street, at 4 a.m. that morning when the first worker showed up for her early-morning shift.

A man armed with a weapon confronted a female employee as she was entering the store and then restrained her, said Strong. She did not have access to any money so he waited an hour for the manager to arrive. At that point, the manager was also restrained by the man. The suspect then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. Strong said he is unsure of how much money would have been in the restaurant, noting that hopefully the previous days receipts would have been deposited; but obviously there was some money in the restaurant at the time. After the suspect left, the employees freed themselves and they then called police, who arrived on scene shortly after. Police are looking for a white male with a dark tan, who speaks English with no accent, and is in his late 20s or early 30s. The suspect is approximately 58 with a slim build, wearing a ball cap, baggy jeans, a white jacket with green trim and possibly dark glasses. Strong said RCMP have not yet been able to pinpoint whether the suspect is from the Sackville area or simply someone who was travelling through. We cant say for certain where hes from until we have a little bit more to go on. We are chasing down some leads today that are going well so well know more hopefully soon. A vehicle which may have been used in the escape was parked at the end of King Street soon after the robbery. Strong said the same vehicle was seen earlier at the McDonalds parking lot at around the time of the robbery. RCMP are not yet releasing the type of weapon used or how the suspect restrained the employees during the holdup. If youre familiar at all with major crime investigations, theres certain pieces of information that are only known to the suspect and the victim. We hold those back and that helps us secure conviction later on, said Strong. He said hes optimistic the individual responsible will be convicted for this crime. Its too early to use the word confident but we certainly have a lot to go on so were very hopeful. This latest holdup follows in the wake of a robbery at the Royal Bank in downtown Sackville just this past spring. Strong, however, doesnt believe Sackville is being specifically targeted by criminals. That would be a surprise. I think more major communities like Moncton would be a more likely target for armed robberies due to the anonymity factor, he said. But that doesnt mean the incident is any less shocking for the small university town, he admitted. For a small community like Sackville, its quite shockingits disturbing. This is a restaurant that people frequent and its a surprise that something like that would happen here. Anyone with any information is asked to call District 4 RCMP at 506-533-5151 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Organizations: RCMP, Mount Allison University, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: SACKVILLE, King Street, Moncton

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