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Police hope to identify West Lincoln robbery suspect

Suspect told store employees they had a gun, but one was not seen

On July 26, 2023 at 11:01 p.m., 8 District (Grimsby / Lincoln / West Lincoln) uniform officers from the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) responded to a robbery of a convenience store in West Lincoln.

Officers arrived on scene at the Avondale Store located at 112 Brock St. in West Lincoln (Smithville). The initial investigation determined that at 11 p.m., a lone female entered the store, claimed to have a gun, and demanded money from the cash register. No gun was seen. The employee complied. The suspect ran from the store westbound through the parking lot with an undisclosed amount of money.

A NRPS K9 unit tracked the suspect westbound toward Griffin Street North, across the street and ended on McMurchie Lane. It is believed the suspect may have then entered a vehicle. The suspect was not located.

The suspect is described as:
    •    White female
    •    Approximately 5’6 feet tall with a heavier build

The suspect was wearing:
    •    A grey ¾ length coat
    •    Black hoodie sweater with the hood up
    •    Yellow scarf covering most of her face
    •    Black pants
    •    Black boots
    •    Black glasses

The identity of the suspect is unknown.

Detectives from the 8 District office of the NRPS have been assigned to this investigation.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the investigating officers by calling 905-0688-4111, option 3, ext. 1009935.

Further investigation has determined that there was bystander car traffic in the parking lot before and after the robbery. Anyone (residents or businesses) in the area with closed circuit security cameras, doorbell video cameras, or dash cameras are asked to review their footage for suspicious activity for the period between 10 and 11:15 p.m. on July 26, 2023.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information which leads to an arrest.