Brandon police have arrested a fifth person in connection with an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven about two weeks ago.
The store, on Willowdale Crescent near 26th Street, was held up at gunpoint early in the morning on Sept. 27. Police said at the time that two men had entered the store, one with a shotgun and the other with a large knife, and made off with cash and cigarettes.
A police dog tracked the suspects to the rear of a nearby apartment block, but lost the scent there.
However, investigators were quickly able to arrest two suspects — a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old were taken into custody later that same day.
On the Monday following the robbery, a third suspect, 17, was arrested. Police said then that he was the one believed to have stolen the shotgun, which was taken from a car where it had been locked up in a case with a trigger lock.
Then, on Oct. 2, police arrested a fourth suspect. That suspect, 14, was said to be responsible for stealing a pickup truck from Regent Crescent that had been used as the getaway vehicle for the robbery.
Now, police say they’ve arrested yet another suspect, the fifth person they’ve tied to the robbery.
This suspect, an 18-year-old man from Brandon, was picked up Thursday.
He’s also accused of stealing the getaway truck.
He is to appear in court on Dec. 9 to face charges of robbery while armed with an offensive weapon and possession of property obtained by crime.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 12, 2013