The MacEwen’s gas station and Quickie convenience store in the heart of Chesterville was the site of an armed robbery last week, and the subject was still at large as of the time of writing. The crime took place on October 25 at around 10 pm.
Security camera screenshots taken from the night of the incident show two photos of the suspect, though they do not provide much for the public to go on. The suspect is male with a thin build, wearing a black top and black or dark blue pants. He also sports high top shoes or boots, gloves, and perhaps the most distinguishing article of attire is what appears to be a snowmobile helmet that obscures his face and head, hiding any clues related to hairstyle, hair and skin colour, or facial features.
In addition to his disguising attire, the man also brandishes what appears to be a pistol, though there is no telling whether it is real or fake. No motor vehicle was observed in the area, suggesting the man is either local, or had a getaway vehicle hidden far enough away from the scene to avoid the vehicle being seen and later identified by witnesses.
It is reported that the suspect got away with about $300 worth of cash and cigarettes. In the hours following the robbery, about a half dozen OPP police vehicles could be seen in the parking lot of the gas station, no doubt starting the investigation.
Anyone who may be able to help the OPP identify the suspect, or who may have seen something in the area on the night in question that could aid in the investigation, is asked to contact the SD&G OPP at 1-888-310-1122, or Crime Stoppers to report anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.