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Update: Armed Robbery at Guelph 7-Eleven Leads to Arrest and Store Closure

Update:

Replica Firearm Discharged During Robbery

A Guelph man faces robbery and weapons charges after a replica firearm was pointed and discharged during a convenience store robbery Thursday morning.

Shortly before 7 a.m. a male entered a business near Speedvale Avenue East and Stevenson Street North and left without paying for product.

Two employees followed him outside but the male pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at them. After the employees ran back inside the male shot the glass door, causing it to shatter.

There were no physical injuries reported.

Approximately 30 minutes later, a Guelph Police Service officer patrolling near Eramosa Road and Delhi Street saw a man matching the suspect description. He was placed under arrest and a search revealed a black BB gun and property from theĀ  business.

A 36-year-old Guelph man faces charges including robbery while armed with an offensive weapon, two counts of pointing a firearm, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon and two counts of discharge a firearm endangering life. He was held for a bail hearing Thursday.

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Early Thursday morning, Guelph Police Service responded to an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven store located in the Speedvale Centre plaza on Speedvale Avenue East. The incident, which occurred at approximately 7 a.m., involved an unnamed suspect who was apprehended by police shortly thereafter near the intersection of Eramosa and Delhi streets.

Grace Place first inquired about the incident just before 8am on the Caught in Guelph (and Area) community where various members submitted photos of the incident (cover photo by Janice Misener).

Scott Tracey, the media relations coordinator for the Guelph Police, confirmed that four employees were present during the incident, but thankfully, no physical injuries were reported. Police successfully recovered a weapon at the scene, though details regarding the type of weapon have not been disclosed.

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Following the robbery, the store remained closed to the public, surrounded by police tape well into the afternoon. Damage was evident, as one of the store’s glass doors was missing, and cleanup efforts were underway with a Shop-Vac vacuum cleaner positioned at the entrance. The scene attracted the attention of several potential customers and onlookers, some of whom watched from their vehicles during a light rain.

As of 1 p.m. Thursday, the investigation was still active, and more information is expected to be released by the police. The 7-Eleven store continues to be temporarily inaccessible to customers as authorities handle the ongoing situation.

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