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Man charged in knifepoint vendor robbery denied bail

The Keystone Beer Vendor near 18th Street and Brandon Avenue.

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The Keystone Beer Vendor near 18th Street and Brandon Avenue.

A man charged in connection with a knifepoint robbery at a beer vendor has been denied bail.

During the bail hearing, a Crown attorney described how it’s alleged that a robber waved a knife as he ordered the clerk to hand over money from the till.

"This was a brazen robbery, we would submit, that definitely put the clerk at risk, but also the public at risk," Crown attorney Marnie Evans remarked as she shared the following allegations during the hearing in Brandon provincial court on Thursday.

The robbery happened at the Keystone Motor Inn beer vendor on the evening of Feb. 17.

The robber appears to have been part of a group of men and women who made trouble at the business, based on video surveillance footage described in court by Evans.

First, the footage shows a woman entering the vendor to buy beer with a debit card, but there isn’t enough money in the account and she leaves. Meanwhile, a man enters the vendor, steals beer and exits.

The same woman then reenters the store with another man (who’s wearing track pants with stripes down the sides of the legs), and they try to buy beer. They leave empty handed, but have distracted the clerk while the man who’d stolen beer minutes earlier enters the vendor and steals beer again and leaves.

Then, the man in the track pants enters the vendor again, brandishes a knife and orders the clerk to hand over cash from the register.

Bizarrely, while the robbery is underway, the other man who’d stolen beer twice before enters the vendor yet again. He peruses the beer fridge, looks over to see the robbery taking place and, seeming confused, throws his hands up in the air and exits the shop.

Meanwhile the clerk puts cash in a bag for the robber who then leaves. The clerk wasn’t harmed.

Hours later, police find two men and two women in a taxi cab parked in the lot of the Western Motel on 18th Street.

One man is recognized from the surveillance footage as the man who’d allegedly stolen the beer. The other man is believed to have been the one who wielded the knife.

In her purse, one of the women has the knife believed to have been used in the robbery.

The allegations haven’t been proven in court.

Judge Donovan Dvorak denied release for the man accused of the robbery. At the time of that crime, he was supposed to be on house arrest and abstain from alcohol while on bail for previous charges. During his arrest, the suspect seemed intoxicated.

Robert William Francis Moore, 29, is charged with robbery with a weapon, theft, and breach of recognizance.

He remains in custody as he awaits his next court date on May 15.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 2, 2014

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A man charged in connection with a knifepoint robbery at a beer vendor has been denied bail.

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