Knife-wielding teen charged after Port Colborne store theft

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Published June 29, 2023 at 12:03 pm

Niagara police say a knife-wielding 14-year-old Port Colborne resident was delayed long enough after a convenience store robbery that officers had no problem nabbing him nearby.

Yesterday (June 28), police were called to the Avondale convenience store in Main St. West and Elm St. in Port Colborne at 11:25 am after reports of a robbery.

According to police, the suspect tried to leave the store with a number of items without paying. After he was confronted by an Avondale employee, he allegedly pulled a knife out of his jacket and threatened the worker.

Police say someone saw the confrontation and went to help the employee.

Officers found the suspect in the Elm St. and Neff St., area after he left the scene. He was arrested and a weapon was recovered.

He has been charged with assault with a weapon and theft under $5,000.

The Youth Criminal Justice Act prohibits the Niagara Police from releasing further identifying information about the youth.

He remains in police custody, scheduled to attend a bail hearing later today (June 29) via video link to the courthouse in St. Catharines.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the investigating officer by dialing 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009101.

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