Police deal with two holdups in two hours last night

Police were kept busy Tuesday night as they responded to the second holdup in the space of less than two hours at area businesses.

A police dog was called in and a perimeter set up after a lone suspect walked into the Panago Pizza outlet on Harvey Avenue between Spall Road and Hardy St. just before 10 p.m. and producing a knife, grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the till before fleeing on foot.

According to RCMP Const. Wilson, on scene, the suspect roughly matched the description of the male who had attempted to holdup the Wrap Zone restaurant on Lanfranco Road shortly before. He also confirmed that the staff member on duty was not injured. The Panago Pizza outlet is in Spall Plaza, next door to another Wrap Zone restaurant.

“There may have been a vehicle involved in this, but we can’t be sure,” said Wilson. He described the weapon produced by the suspect as boxcutter, and that the police dog had been able to follow a track for a short distance along Enterprise Way behind the Spall Plaza in the vicinity, but lost the scent and was called off.

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