An early morning stickup at a Brandon convenience store netted gun-toting thieves both cash and cigarettes.
Police were called to the 7-Eleven on Willowdale Crescent near 26th Street at about 3:45 a.m. Friday after the store had been robbed at gunpoint.
Staff said two men had entered the store — one with a shotgun and the other with a large knife — with their faces covered, and committed the robbery before fleeing westward on foot.
A police dog later tracked them to the rear of an apartment block, but lost the trail there. Police say they think the suspects used a vehicle to get away.
One of the suspects was described as wearing a white shirt and the other a dark-coloured shirt.
Police aren’t sure if the shotgun used in this robbery was the same one stolen about a day earlier from a locked car.
Someone pried open a locked car door on Bayhill Crescent sometime overnight on Wednesday and stole a 12-guage pump-action shotgun from inside.
The shotgun was inside a locked black plastic case, and also had a trigger lock on it.
The theft was reported Thursday just before 9:30 a.m. Police say they continue to investigate.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 28, 2013