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Police searching for men who robbed store with machete, fled on stolen 'tractor unit'

Police are on the lookout for two men who allegedly robbed a Petro-Canada in Fort St. John on Monday with a black-bladed machete. RCMP had reported on Monday that the incident took place at Humpty’s, a local eatery, however on Wednesday Fort St.
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Police are on the lookout for two men who allegedly robbed a Petro-Canada in Fort St. John on Monday with a black-bladed machete.

RCMP had reported on Monday that the incident took place at Humpty’s, a local eatery, however on Wednesday Fort St. John RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie confirmed that the initial police press release was incorrect and the alleged robbery took place at the Petro-Canada on the Alaska Highway.

A source at Petro-Canada confirmed the updated police account. 

Petro-Canada is in the same building as Humpty's.

According to RCMP, at around 1:35 a.m., police were alerted to a robbery. Two men entered the store wearing ski masks and gloves, one armed with a machete, demanding and receiving cash and cigarettes.

Both then fled the store and left the area in a "tractor unit." This unit, allegedly stolen earlier in the night, was located soon after in the southeast area of Fort St. John, apparently abandoned by the suspects.

The RCMP is looking for two male suspects.

One is about 5’10” and was seen wearing a white puffy jacket. The other suspect is 5’6” and was wearing a black jacket.

If you have any information about either of these suspects, please call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or via the web at www.crimestoppersfsj.ca.

A cash reward of up to $2,000 is available for any information which leads to an arrest and charge.

 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story quoted an RCMP press release in saying that Humpty’s had been robbed. The Alaska Highway News has learned that the release in question was incorrect. The Petro Canada store was allegedly the victim of the robbery.