Suspect arrested hours after Port Colborne convenience store robbery


Published April 14, 2023 at 7:35 pm

Port Colborne's Happy Market was robbed on Apr. 14. via Google Maps.

A suspect in a Port Colborne convenience store robbery was swiftly arrested hours after the crime took place.

According to Niagara Regional Police, a man entered the Happy Market Convenience Store at 48 Main St. in Port Colborne shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Apr. 14. The man reportedly came into the store armed with a knife and demanded cash from the woman working the register.

The man grabbed an unspecified amount of money and quickly fled the store. He hopped into a car and was last seen driving away to the east. The worker was not hurt during the robbery. Once informed of the robbery, detectives with 3 Division, which patrols Welland and Pelham, launched an investigation.

Hours later, around 2:30 p.m. the detectives spotted a matching car in Welland. They followed the car covertly for some time until it pulled into a parking lot and stopped. The officers developed an arrest plan and took the driver of the car into custody without incident.

Brady Plante, 21 of Thorold, was charged with robbery. He will appear in a St. Catharines courtroom on Apr. 15. “Detectives believe that the accused is the sole person responsible for this robbery and there are no other suspects being sought,” police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call Niagara police at 905-688-4111, #3, ext. 1009318 or Crime Stoppers of Niagara anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.



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