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Local jewellery store robbed at gunpoint

Wednesday, October 31, 2012   by: Staff



On October 31st at approximately 5:30 p.m., Sault Ste. Marie Police were notified of a robbery at Hess Jewellers in the Churchill Plaza. 

Two males dressed in Halloween costumes entered the store. 

Both males were believed to be in their late teens to mid 20’s and 5’6” to 5’8” tall. 

One male was wearing a white gown and a black mask with mesh over the face and was carrying a sawed off shotgun. 

The second male was wearing a costume similar to Spider Man but with a red and blue cloak and carrying a bag. 

One of the employees of the store was assaulted and was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. 

The robbers left without getting anything from the store. 

The investigation is ongoing.

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lowla 10/31/2012 8:03:18 PM Report

definately not a spur of the moment decision
JustMe1234567 10/31/2012 8:21:03 PM Report

Wow. Take advantage of halloween to pull off a jewelry heist, with a sawed off shotgun! Holy cow. That's scary.

And I agree some prior planning went into this one.

Grace 10/31/2012 8:23:36 PM Report

Canadian spelling...jewellery!
ehbcd 10/31/2012 8:29:38 PM Report

Lock them up and throw away the key. Idiots, threaten and assult people with a gun, mess up their own lives and for what, they didn't even get anything. Hope they're caught soon and have a real long time to think about how stupid they are.
rcamp211 10/31/2012 8:54:57 PM Report

im glad they never got anything,i hope the employees are ok.if the dirt bags put effort into getting a job they would be so much further ahead.the police in this town should do more into crimes/breakins my point is why are none of the donut shops ever robbed?
bluewater10 10/31/2012 9:02:37 PM Report

I really hope thy catch these two. That is pretty serious. The donut shop jokes are getting old too
Mike99 10/31/2012 9:13:45 PM Report

What a bunch of loosers...they held up a jewellery store full of unarmed people with a sawed off shotgun and came out with nothing....To bad the jeweller was not armed, try that in the states and the outcome might have been a bit different for those loosers....they may have lost.

And as for the person who claimed donut shops dont get robbed, maybe you dont recall when Truck Road Tims got held up buy 3 punk kids with weapons and they made off with a lot of cash a few yrs back
makemyday 10/31/2012 9:24:13 PM Report





bluesslinger 10/31/2012 9:58:33 PM Report

IF they get caught you can be sure the punishment will be lenient.
Dictionary 10/31/2012 10:00:31 PM Report

meanwhile city police busted a prostitute and a young male with 3 grams of marijuana, estimated street value, 500 dollars.
Kera 10/31/2012 10:27:15 PM Report

^^^ lmao so true. Dictionary, your posts usually make my day.
N1T5 101 10/31/2012 10:30:19 PM Report

Police have their hands full tonight. I hope try get away
N1T5 101 10/31/2012 10:31:27 PM Report

231Turbo6 10/31/2012 11:08:24 PM Report

wouldn't hurt my feelings if they started finding these punks face down in a ditch somewhere on the outskirts out town,
speed7 10/31/2012 11:12:16 PM Report

I cant beleive these kids robbed a jewellery store like that on halloween? Not a smart move I must say. Also that teen abductor man with the ball cap dark beard thay havent caught yet makes me a bit worried on a night like halloween with many kids out walking the street at night. Lucky shaw cable came by up and down each street patrolling the area with there lights lit up. Good going Shaw Cable for helping out with local police services.
ttb 10/31/2012 11:13:47 PM Report

These two guys must be "borderline" geniuses. A sawed off shotgun?!!! was it from the dollar store?
Please find these guys and poop on their heads.
You guys couldn't organize a one car parade
ttb 10/31/2012 11:16:35 PM Report

by the way "dictionary" prostitution and 3 grams is illegal so what is your point! DumDum
ttb 10/31/2012 11:20:46 PM Report

Seriously people!
Is this the twilight zone?
I thought these posts were joking
but Im scared to realize they are not!
Snowdon 10/31/2012 11:38:37 PM Report

Glad they didn't profit from this by getting anything, and hopefully are caught soon.
shaddow 10/31/2012 11:42:08 PM Report

It sounds like a planned robbery. I will bet a dollar to a donut that they are from Boston Ave area. Just my opinion but since they seemed to attempt the robbery & left with nothing, it makes sense they live in that area............
maltese 11/1/2012 12:20:01 AM Report

I agree with most of these posts....these robbers don't exactly stand on a corner & advertise their intent to rob like prostitutes do, so how are the cops supposed to prevent this crime from happening. Most businesses usually post a note reguarding no entry in costume but most of these individuals don't follow the law so don't care. I hope the staff member is OK. That must have been an extremely stressful experience. This may result in PTSD down the line (no one thinks of the after effects). Also, give the cops a break already...doesn't everyone take coffe breaks on their jobs.....some people a little longer than they should? Come on...fess up. As for hallowe'en - I think in the society of today & all the crime that goes on, I wouldn't want my children going door to door. I know most parent(s)walk with their children but still...
My daughter took her children to a church organized party - much safer. Wait til the news reports come out tomorrow about tampered with candy. Back to the robbery....they probably are from the Boston Ave area unfortunately. I hope they receive their just punishment.
maltese 11/1/2012 12:23:17 AM Report

By the way....thank you to Shaw Cable for helping keep the streets safe for the little children who like to go out. That was a great idea!
makemyday 11/1/2012 12:55:20 AM Report

I agree Maltese
Halloween is about the little ones all excited to dress up and be accompanied by the parents having a great safe time.
Thank you to the Shaw Brigade!!!!!
The robbery was a seriously pathetic attempt. I'll bet that the shotgun was a costume gun and the people responsible are between the ages of 12 and 17.
This totally disgusts me.

That's why I think the solution to this fiasco is have designated parties for the little ones.........supervised at the schools. This would eliminate the thugs that enjoy terrorizing people.

I hate to see tomorrow's headlines about needles or drugs. I really hope not.

Norm 11/1/2012 8:57:14 AM Report

Catch em, two or three days in jail, couple weeks in rehab, that's about it.
nobodycares 11/1/2012 9:16:41 AM Report

Is this an armed robbery, or will it be like the one on the Rankin Reserve. Interesting to see what the actual charges will be if they are caught
BlackHelix 11/1/2012 9:29:06 AM Report


Really? And what example(s) do you have that this has ever happened? Armed robbery is taken seriously in the court system - as is with most offences. Those of you who think that everyone is just running around committing crimes because all they get is a "slap on the wrist" need to go sit in court more often...
cooker_eh 11/1/2012 9:59:47 AM Report

+1 for the shaw comments. It's a simple but great thing they do. WTG.
Pulsar NX 11/1/2012 10:26:26 AM Report

@ Black Helix

A very good example of this is the very similar incident in the soo last January where another local jeweller was held at gunpoint. The robber even SHOT AT THE OWNER. He was caught and sentenced to 8 months in jail even after having been caught for robbing not one, but two banks in western Canada. Not a very scary punishment for a very serious crime.

The Police are doing their jobs, they catch many criminals, but our justice system is much to lenient. People aren't affraid of the consequences for these actions.
Bad Dawg 11/1/2012 10:38:51 AM Report

what was worth $500.... the hooker or the weed??

Hopefully they get a tip on who these punks are.... I'm sure they will brag and one their "crackhead friends" will rat em out for $100
mully 11/1/2012 10:49:18 AM Report

This is another example of someone leaving their doors unlocked and having their valuables left in plain sight. When will we learn?
mattdoubleU 11/1/2012 10:58:52 AM Report


Really?? Seems to me with all the repeat offenders in this town, our court is not very hard on them. Criminals in canada do not get near what they deserve and its a joke. Obviously criminals do not take the courts seriously and know they won't spend much time behind bars, its a shame, we need the death penalty for serious violent offences/rapes so we, the taxpayers do not have to support as many low lives that are in jail. Get rid of the murderers amd rapists and let the petty theives rot in a cell for years
BlackHelix 11/1/2012 11:15:03 AM Report


This is exactly what I mean. The example you gave is just simply untrue. A quick Google search and you can find out the real facts.

- The incident was in April, not January.
- The offender did not shoot anyone (the gun was not even real)
- The offender did not utter any threats or pull the gun out in the store.
- He was sentenced to 15 months in jail in addition to the 106 days already served - not 8 months. He was then sentenced to 18 months probation after released and imposed a lifetime weapons ban.

Human memory is incredibly flawed. We remember things in very different ways. Not only that, but we often regurgitate statements that others say without really evaluating if it's true or not. The only way to have discussions like this is to look at the real evidence.
thumbs4208 11/1/2012 11:16:11 AM Report

seriously $500 for 3 grams - lets get a little bit educated here - sawed off shotgun is serious stuff ! - ttb in a mood today lol
nicole1414 11/1/2012 11:29:20 AM Report

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that people who are "apart of the system" don't have anywhere to go since the government has cut so many programs and funding. These people have to feed themselves & families and also, for many, pay for the their drug habits. What option do they have?

I'm not speaking for 100% of the B & Es because let's be honest... some kids just are just stupid and having "fun" but let's look at the big picture here. Do you really think that all these people are doing it for "fun"? Or... do they NEED money to survive? Crime is rising in this city and instead of complaining about it... what can we do it stop it? We are letting people down.
TankGirl 11/1/2012 11:46:33 AM Report

ttb 10/31/2012 11:16:35 PMReport

by the way "dictionary" prostitution and 3 grams is illegal so what is your point! DumDum

ttb - That one flew right over you eh? LOL! Dictionary is pointing out that prostitutes and weed smokers aren't out robbing jewelry stores with sawed off shotguns. If the police are limited on availability, their priorities should be focused on the harder crimes.
cityhallguy 11/1/2012 11:54:21 AM Report

Ooooooh my abs really are getting a workout today!!!
Pulsar NX 11/1/2012 12:08:16 PM Report

@ Black Helix

I think it is you that may have to double check your source unless sootoday predicted the future...

The firearm that was used was real, although loaded with blanks. And if you feel that anything less than a life sentence is fair you have never had a stranger point and fire a gun at you; either have I but I sure wouldn't like it.
Wheels17 11/1/2012 12:16:16 PM Report

I can't believe this. What the heck is going on with our city? It seems to be getting worse every year yet Chief Davies is saying crime has gone down. I wonder if he is getting paid under the table to say all these fictitious things. Corruption is making this city turn into a dump with no way of turning around if nothing is done or no one is held accountable for their actions.
shaddow 11/1/2012 12:31:03 PM Report

nicole1414 - Have you had experience with these thieves that they steal to feed their family & pay for drugs? Have you supplied drugs to someone to get them started? Thieves are out to help themselves because they are too lazy to work & if on drugs - they did it to themselves without the help of the general population/society/taxpayer. We never forced them to take drugs so why defend them when (or) if they steal? They can get a job if they were not such lazy losers.When tearjerkers' ,like you, defend their actions that helps create most of the crime problems. We the people that work are the people that suffer. I say if a person breaks into your home & robs you be sure to thank them & wish them well. If it's my home I will beat them to pulp so that they 'remember' that I worked for what I have & I'm not a 'tearjerker' but someone who protects my home, property & family to the fullest - no holds barred. Just my opinion. Have a Great Day........
nicole1414 11/1/2012 12:57:37 PM Report


Yes I have had things stolen from me and let me tell you, it was the most frusterating experience I have ever delt with. I can completely relate to the people in this city that have been victims to similar circumstances.

You can't generalize all thieves.. just like you can't say all police officers are horrible or all white people are this.. or all black people are this. Wake up.

Have you been to some of these homes? Some kids are doomed from the very beginning. I tthink you are a lucky person if you have 1 parent who loves and supports you and doesn't bully or abuse you. And.. that's just the beginning. Some kids don't have a hope in hell and when we close our doors on them and don't offer our help, what do you think their reaction is going to be? How would you feel? I'm not saying each of them have an excuse. Not at all. But open your eyes to the big picture here.

So some kids get abused and kicked out, they steal things to pawn off to survive and feed themselves beacuse no one will help them. Every agency is out of money and can't get help from the government.

I am so blessed for what I have. I feel horrible for these kinds of circumstances, not the losers who are in the 1% of crime in this city.
Ricatoni 11/1/2012 1:34:02 PM Report

Dont worry crime is declining in The Soo just ask Davies...........If this is the case as he states then we should be cutting his multi million dollar budget no??? There is no sense giving him more money like he asking for, if crime is actually declining...just sayin.

As for the poor hearts on here who feel society has done this to these poor people...please save us the drama....You make choices in life and if you decide to make the wrong choices I can assure you that you will be paying for it the rest of your days.remember that next time you decide to steal something thats not yours..

I can see some criminal getting seriously hurt or killed in the very near future if this keeps up...Then what Davies???? Then watch the crying...Oh he wasnt going to hurt anyone he was just stealing, he didnt really deserve to be shot or beat up he was just a troubled youth!!!!!!!!!!

All you thiefs should remember one thing not everyone is going to react the same....Just sayin..... watch your steps....people dont like your kind!!!!!!
BlackHelix 11/1/2012 1:34:05 PM Report


If you think using Sootoday is a good "source", you're sadly mistaken. This article is the initial Police report - not the sentencing where most of the evidence is presented. That's why they use words like "alleged".

Also, where does it say that the firearm was real? This is why we have a justice system. Because you stated you're willing to convict a man to life in prison based on information WE KNOW is just not true.

BlackHelix 11/1/2012 1:37:53 PM Report


You are correct about one thing - the incident did take place in January, the sentencing was in April. My Correction.
libster 11/1/2012 1:39:30 PM Report

It really is a double edged sword.I agree that crime is on the rise in the Sault. But is it a result of desperation or a completely narcissistic view of society? Do they do it out of need or a misguided sense of entitlement? Flip a coin I don't think we will ever know. The fact remains that good people are having THEIR RIGHTS disregarded.
Jamie333 11/1/2012 2:03:15 PM Report

N1T5, I really hope that when you said the cops are busy and you hope these idiots get away that you are joking. Or maybe you just need to have an armed robbery occur at your place.
As for the karma remark...karma is a nice thought, but complete bulls%*@. If you disagree, go down to the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital and talk to them about karma.
There is most definitely video surveillance, so why is it not released?
There is a good chance that if someone were to actually see these two and their costumes that they would be identified.
Blangang 11/1/2012 2:16:07 PM Report

I recently had my LOCKED SUV stolen right from my driveway. I live off Caddy Ave. in the east end and this is the 3rd time(that I know of)within a few months that the theives have stolen personal items from our area. You can read October 23rd Sootoday report titled "Rash of east end thefts" to read the entire story. I know some of my other neighbours have had items stolen and they don't even report the thefts any longer because the police have done nothing to help. This may be a time for us citizens to form a type of vigilante justice group to keep our homes & neighbourhoods safe for our families. The facts are we are becoming an aging population in this city and are slowly being seen as "easy prey" by the criminals who seem to know they can commit these crimes in the same areas without getting caught. As I stated, in my little neighbourhood alone there has been 3 times (probably more) in less than 2 months, that they have rifled through our vehicles and stolen ipods, etc. I think there should be a citizens task force formed to assist the police in apprehending these sneaky creatures as the police cars are easily seen, but citizens are not as big a threat to them. I would be willing to donate my time on weekends & weeknights to help this get off the ground if I can get others of like mind to contribute their time as well. Evenings ONLY (dusk til dawn) should send a message out to these "bad guys" that we are not going to roll over and wait for the police to catch them. Can I get a "Hell Ya?"
nicole1414 11/1/2012 2:17:40 PM Report


I agree. It's unfair to the innocent people etheir way.

I'm just trying to make a point that people need to open their eyes a little bit. We need to stop being so narrow minded. And those of you who rolled you eyes at that comment, that was for you.
Pulsar NX 11/1/2012 2:23:59 PM Report

@ Black Helix

Here is a quote form your article. "The 27-year-old was convicted of attempted robbery, unlawfully possessing a dangerous imitation firearm, using an imitation firearm to commit an indictable offence, possession of cocaine and two counts of breach of probation". Yes they call it an "imitation" but take note of the important word "dangerous" and later the words "shell casings" and "gun". Classify it as you wish; I call it a REAL GUN if it is dangerous. As for the period of time that he was given, it looks as though my source may be old, but either way I feel it isn't enough to scare others. These are serious crimes.

I just hope they catch these people and make an example of them.
the coach 11/1/2012 2:41:41 PM Report

Go knock on some doors on Boston Ave, you can figure the rest out. That street has many losers living there.
arizonagryphon3 11/1/2012 3:17:22 PM Report

I am sorry Nicole, but bleeding hearts like you are the reason our justice system is failing. There comes a day when you have to stop blaming people's upbringing and defending them because they have to "survive". There are many, many people that have had terrible upbringings and aren't criminals. There are places to get food, etc so there is no need to rob and steal. My father in law is a example of someone who had no adult to direct him growing up and he was severely abused and neglected as a child and ended up putting himself through medical school. He chose a different path. Everyone has choices in life. Just because someone may have had a difficult path, does not entitle them to a free pass in the responsibilty department.
TankGirl 11/1/2012 3:25:36 PM Report

The coach - with your rude comments based on where someone lives, I imagine I wouldn't be too impressed knocking on your door and seeing what's behind it.
libster 11/1/2012 4:08:00 PM Report

I know what you are trying to say and I respect your veiws... but the crime in this city has reached a crisis point. People are angry. I think that for far too long we have sat back on our haunches. ie- out of sight..out of mind. Now it has spilled into our back yards and we have to deal with this. The question now is intervention or retaliation.
speed7 11/1/2012 8:20:49 PM Report

The justice system has failed these individuals. They need to have stricter sentencing. They would not go out and choose crime over and over again if it were otherwise. And the sob story about society has failed these young people is so lame. Some of these people could find it too easy to say they had it so bad or were bullied as a kid tormented well, they could have asked for some help. Not let it fester and get worse? There is help out there but if you dont take the steps then dont blame society for it . We all do have choices like a previous commenter once said. I think sometimes this is overplayed too much by especially by our younger generation and lets face it we all have problems. We all have different backgrounds. We all grew up a differently. But some of us did not choose crime as an outlet for anger. We dont expect society to take responsiility for us as a result either. We took responsibility for ourselves, warts, bumps, problems and all!
It just too easy these days and its a learned pattern of behaviour.
ttb 11/2/2012 8:53:15 AM Report

You are right I fucked up, I fucked up thats all. Just had a brief periodic lapse in judgement. Some kind of judgement failure. Some kind of failure to, you know.... Have judgement?!?
I was Probably stoned at the time looking for my favourite hooker.
ps cityhallguy Im sure a once per annum ab workout wont kill you.
ttb 11/2/2012 8:54:53 AM Report

On another note, Way to go Ralphy boy. With a 2by4 no less. You Sir are my new hero!
SipKing 11/2/2012 12:26:02 PM Report

What a terrible thing to happen. I feel for the sales staff that what a nightmare, I know the owners personally, such wonderful people just trying to make a living. Regardless of the age I hope the culprits get Penitentiary Time...
Working Man 11/2/2012 5:56:42 PM Report


"These two guys must be "borderline" geniuses. A sawed off shotgun?!!! was it from the dollar store?
Please find these guys and poop on their heads.
You guys couldn't organize a one car parade"

Haha. I could not have said it any better myself.
Working Man 11/2/2012 6:19:50 PM Report

So, Where is the video footage displaying the costumes that they were personally wearing? They obviously have the footage.

I can't see the Plaza being all that busy that day, but they obviously had a vechicle outside the door, whether it was at the front or back door, wherever they left from. It couldn't have been 'that' hard to witness that if you were an employee. I can't see them running away from the plaza with costumes and a bag.

If they were smart, they would have a 3rd party parked at the back of the building, while they entered in the front door and escaped through the back.

But, they are not smart. If the gun was actually real, which it probably wasn't, they should have been able to leave with some jewellery. The employees probably just told him to F-off because they thought it was a joke. Just a couple loser eminems thinking they're cool(to which they probably said, 'dont you think that i'm playin' in a scrawny lispy voice)..

This case does not make any sense to me whatsoever. They shouldn't be that hard to find.

If I was a cop, i'd find them. And I'd probably get away with some police brutality (something our police force should consider doing: It's not like anyone's gonna find out)....
ttb 11/3/2012 1:03:47 AM Report

One more
Careful Teejy boy!
Blangang 11/5/2012 1:56:21 PM Report

I was about to call Clint Eastwood to form a "Seniors vigilante group" but was a bit concerned about him chasing innocent Sault Star carriers around my neighbourhood at 4 a.m. so I decided against calling Clint. ;-)
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