Man arrested for two armed robberies in North Battleford

Police have arrested a man who they believe carried out two armed robberys in North Battleford in the last few days.

On Nov. 15, at approximately 4:30 a.m., a lone male armed with a weapon attended a business on the 1700 block of 100th Street in North Battleford, threatened the staff and demanded cash. The male then ran off with a small amount of cash and merchandise. RCMP received several tips from the public but had not made any arrests or identified the suspect.

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On Nov. 20, at approximately 4:30 a.m., a lone male armed with a knife attended a business on the 1700 block of 100th Street in North Battleford, threatened the staff and demanded cash. The male then ran off with a small amount of cash and merchandise.

Through the investigation, RCMP were able to determine that the same suspect was responsible for both robberies and the suspect was identified. Late morning on Nov. 20, RCMP were checking locations for the suspect and located him inside an apartment. The male fled on foot and several Battlefords RCMP units including the Battleford Police Dog Unit were engaged in apprehending the suspect.

The suspect was identified as Reno Poitras. 25 years old of St. Albert, Alta. Poitras is facing numerous charges in relation to these investigations including, armed robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and resisting arrest.

Poitras was remanded into custody and appeared in North Battleford Provincial Court Friday morning before Judge Dan O'Hanlon. He appeared again Monday morning before Judge Murray Pelletier and his matters have been adjourned to Dec. 9, 2019. Poitras remains in custody to that time. The investigation is ongoing.

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