Two creative robbery suspects made off with a wad of cash and a handful of cigars they stashed in an empty Doritos chip bag after targeting a Greenboro convenience store.
"It may have been there for concealment's sake once they got outside of the store, not to draw any attention," Staff Sgt. Michael Haarbosch, head of the Ottawa police robbery unit, said of the use of the chip bag.
While this a rarity in robberies, the theft of cigars isn’t.
“We see it from time to time with our younger suspects,” said Haarbosch. “We’ll see when they sometimes grab a specific brand of cigarettes or sometimes they’ll grab cigars if they’re handy.”
In this case, two male suspects targeted a convenience store on Tapiola Crescent, not far from Albion Road South and Johnston Road, on Jan. 30 at 12:40 a.m. Police disclosed the details about the crime on March 15.
One suspect was armed with a knife and both demanded cash.
They fled the premises with an undisclosed but small amount of money and a handful of cigars. Investigators don’t know if the pair fled on foot or by car, or which direction they headed.
No one was injured in the incident.
“I think first and foremost they were after the cash and they were comfortable enough to also take the extra few seconds to grab some cigars,” Haarbosch said.
The hope is that be revealing the unique details about what the suspects were wearing, that cigars were pinched and the bag used to conceal their haul, it may jog someone’s memory and prompt them to help lead police to the suspects.
The challenge that police are dealing with is that the men took steps to conceal their faces with masks. One wore an orange ski mask while the other knife-wielding suspect covered up the lower half of his face with a black mask or scarf.
“We’re banking on the fact that someone has specific knowledge of the robbery itself or maybe recognizes the clothing,” said Haarbosch, referring to one suspect’s shirt which features the brand name WESC, said to be a popular brand worn by skateboarders.
The first suspect is described by police as a heavy-set, muscular black male. He was wearing a black zipped hooded jacket, a grey T-shirt, black mask, black gloves and dark grey or black jogging pants. He also had on black, low-cut running shoes with white soles.
The second suspect is said to be a thin black male. He was wearing a brown hooded zip-up sweater with black and white horizontal stripes. He also wore an orange ski mask, a black T-shirt with white WESC lettering, black jogging pants, black low-cut running shoes with a silver item on the bottom lace, as well as black gloves.
Police are urging anyone with information on this robbery to call them at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116, or submit anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Retails robberies so far in 2017: 45
Retail robberies this time last year: 31
This represents an increase of 14, which is a 45-per-cent jump.