St. Catharines restaurant robbed at gunpoint by a thief on a bicycle


Published August 5, 2021 at 1:14 am


Police in St. Catharines have released a photo of a robber who had the mettle, and the pedal power, to hold up a restaurant on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 4).

Niagara Regional Police Service says it was contacted at 2:20 p.m. with a report that The Fryin’ Guys restaurant at 155A Lake St. had been held up by an armed robber. A lone man got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and  fled the area on a bicycle prior to officers’ arrival. No staff members or customers were physically injured during the robbery.

The man was last seen riding the bicycle on Dufferin Street, eastbound toward York Street.

The suspect is described as a white man who is about five-foot-10 and 150 pounds, with a slender build. He has matted or dreadlocked mid-length light brown hair, and a tattoo on his right calf. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a blue baseball cap (backwards) with a bandanna underneath and a black face mask. He was also wearing a blue-grey long-sleeve button-down shirt, blue knee-length plaid shorts, red-and-white socks pulled up past the ankle, and yellow gloves. He also carried a black Nike backpack with a white swoosh on the back with a black side bag.

The bicycle has a black frame with a red marking or logo on the bottom bar and a white seat.

Detectives from 1 District detectives  are asking 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 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Aug. 4.

The Niagara police service can be contracted at 905-688-4111.

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.

(Cover photo courtesy of the Niagara Regional Police Service.)

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