Whitehorse Daily Star

Man arrested as police investigate spate of robberies

The RCMP have arrested two people in relation to recent robberies in Whitehorse, and are seeking assistance from the public to identify other suspects.

By Whitehorse Star on September 9, 2021

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.

Comments (20)

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TheGaffer on Sep 14, 2021 at 11:32 am

Robberies happen to finance addiction.

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Eyeroll on Sep 13, 2021 at 4:11 pm

Brandon’s family must be so proud of him.

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@TheBatman comment on Sep 13, 2021 at 8:33 am

That is messed up. Also, you answered the question when people ask, "what is wrong with this country?"
Cops coming to issue a warning for helping catch some sh*trat thief is a joke. Especially since you got assaulted in the process. In civilized countries they give people a commendation for shooting perps and protecting lives and livelihoods. We have lost that frontier spirit a long time ago, it has been replaced with woke liberal utopia social engineering as long as I remember being alive (40+ years).
If we don't take back our community no one will.

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TheBatman on Sep 10, 2021 at 9:43 pm

Stopped a robbery at Big Bear Donair a few years ago. One got away, the other got subdued but only after causing a serious lifelong injury to my spine.
The RCMP stopped by my home the same day and warned me that the perp may charge me with assault and I was also getting an official warning from RCMP.

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Bandit on Sep 10, 2021 at 7:57 pm

Google the name of the one in custody, Brandon Webb. That little FU#*head has been in the Justice system since he was an adult and in the youth system as long as they could keep him. There has been hundreds of thousands spent on this as**ole and for what? Send him south to a REAL jail and see how long he lasts, he will be traded for a chocolate bar and a bag of chips on Day 1 then he might figure out he's not that tough after all.

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Just Sayin' on Sep 10, 2021 at 1:17 pm

Will crime increase or decrease with the safe injection site?

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Bob Folster on Sep 10, 2021 at 10:30 am

Downtown WH has become a cesspool.
When are we going to get the night police foot patrols that we need ?

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Groucho d'North on Sep 10, 2021 at 10:13 am

Hands on buzzers contestants: What will be the outcome when shopkeepers are required to protect themselves and their staff from these violent criminals?

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Jonah Jamieson on Sep 10, 2021 at 8:05 am

Why have they stopped giving out the skin color of those wanted in crimes? Helps in identifying someone...Or is that not PC right now and all we can mention is their height and hair length?

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Danny on Sep 9, 2021 at 11:21 pm

I didn't grow up here, but speaking to someone who was born and raised here a few years ago down in BC, he told me not to move to Whitehorse as there were a lot of gangs there when he was growing up. So to the person above saying it was never like this before... really?

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Salt on Sep 9, 2021 at 9:46 pm

Government’s children of subsidized degeneracy. What else could you expect? The gov has no real accountability. They not only spend other people’s money, but ridiculous amounts of it gifted from the feds. 9 out of 10 parents prior to the 90’s would take one look at the incentive structure and know right off that it would lead to only decay. It’s plain as day to an adult, but a significant portion of society is permanently infantilized and will not comport with reality. Weak people=hard times and our society has it coming.

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JC on Sep 9, 2021 at 7:07 pm

Criminal behaviour seems to be getting bolder, and cops do nothing. Why are they even a thing? To take notes, push paper, and muscle people around every so often? Do-nothing bureaucrats with ego and guns. Awesome.

Also, remember the big raise the (not a) union got for them? With the M division budget hit hard several years back, I wonder if it has been shored up since to meet this new wage schedule? I mean, community constables could easily clear over 100k a year from the overtime, I can't even imagine what it's like now. Gross. What a waste of money.

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Nathan Living on Sep 9, 2021 at 6:51 pm

With the new safe drug injection site, the tolerance of open public drinking and drug use, and the tolerance of groups hanging around doing their own thing, it's not surprising that some people go off the rails.

We should not strongly punish these armed robbers since they know not what they are doing and they are dependent upon our forgiveness.
Forgive them and set them free for they will pull up their socks and be better people who contribute to our rich social fabric.

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North_of_60 on Sep 9, 2021 at 6:41 pm

@JSM, "what is happening to this town" @KlausG nails it.
Liberal govts pushing race-based 'soft-on-crime' policies and practices.
Career criminals usually do property crimes at this time of year so they will have a nice warm dry 'room & board' for the winter at the Yuk-U jail annex with their crime-buds.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 9, 2021 at 5:17 pm

JSM: thankful for the job the RCMP do? They always come on the scene after the incident. When I was growing up, the police did a walking beat. And looking at some of the current crop, many could use a good walk during their shift.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 9, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Just the usual perps looking for a bed, 3 squares and a night lunch for the cold winter months. Happens every fall of the year.

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What a country! on Sep 9, 2021 at 5:07 pm

“Police encourage staff and patrons of stores to consider their safety first over property or money in a robbery or theft.”

Really? Isn't it sad that police can't encourage shop keepers and business owners to fight back. Just be good docile little sheep and let the s**trats steal your livelihood while maybe you get to keep your dignity, life and if you're lucky insurance will pay you a fraction of the blood, sweat and tears you put into your business. While the punks get a good behavior bond and are in and out of a cell within 48 hours. What a country!

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No opinion on Sep 9, 2021 at 5:01 pm

Don't act a hero next time the crook might be packing smell timers around - yuk

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JSM on Sep 9, 2021 at 2:56 pm

Geez what is happening to this town, nothing like it was 10 years ago. All this robbery and drug dealing life style. I am thankful for the RCMP and the job they do. Real life heroes. Shame to see our community like this.

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Klaus G. on Sep 9, 2021 at 2:40 pm

Hey crooks don't worry about it - Just give them a sob story about how tough your past and upbringing was and you'll walk with blessing.

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