The RCMP have arrested two people in relation to recent robberies in Whitehorse, and are seeking assistance from the public to identify other suspects.
At approximately 12:35 a.m. last Sunday, police responded to a robbery at an unspecified business in the 4000 block of Fourth Avenue after a report that a woman had demanded cigarettes and cash while holding a weapon. The suspect then fled on foot, police said Wednesday evening.
General duty officers searched the area but were unable to locate anyone matching the description of the suspect.
The woman is described as about six feet tall with chin-length black hair, wearing a black jacket, black pants, and red scarf.
At 6:20 p.m. last Sunday, police received a call about another robbery “in which one suspect brandished a weapon and forced a victim to withdraw money from a bank machine,” they said.
On Monday, Brandon Webb, 28, of Whitehorse, was arrested and charged with robbery in connection with that incident.
A weapon was seized at the time of his arrest and he appeared in court Tuesday.
Police believe there were other people involved in this incident and are continuing attempts to identify and locate additional suspects.
At around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, police were alerted to another robbery at an unnamed business in the 2000 block of Second Avenue.
“A man holding a weapon demanded money from a staff member and left on foot,” police said.
The male suspect was dressed in dark clothing and carried a blue fabric bag.
“Police believe there was a number of pedestrians and motorists in the area who could have seen the person leaving the business,” the RCMP said.
At around 9:20 Wednesday mornng, officers were alerted to a robbery in progress near Third Avenue and Ogilvie Street.
“Staff at the business stopped the suspect until police could attend, and a man was arrested,” police said.
His identity will be released when charges are laid.
“In all cases, on-duty police attended the areas of the call immediately in order to attempt to locate suspects and to ensure the safety of the victims and public in the area,” police said.
“Police encourage staff and patrons of stores to consider their safety first over property or money in a robbery or theft.”
General duty officers are working with the General Investigative Section to identify the suspects related to these recent robberies.
Investigators are contacting and canvassing area businesses for surveillance video of the suspects.
Anyone with information regarding these investigations is encouraged to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers at http://www.crimestoppersyukon.ca or via phone at 867-667-6715 to remain anonymous.