Police charge suspect in alleged Lunenburg robbery

by Keith Corcoran

RCMP charged a Lunenburg County man in connection to an alleged tobacco robbery in Lunenburg last month.

Josh James Backman, 45, of First Peninsula, is accused of robbery, possessing stolen property, and breaching his release conditions.

He was due to appear in a Bridgewater court October 9.

Police allege an October 7 search of a home near Lunenburg yielded the discovery of evidence related to the robbery, and that of a generator stolen from a construction site in November 2018.

A woman, also arrested during the search, was released without charges, RCMP said.

Mounties, in a news release, said a masked man wielding a knife robbed a Lunenburg convenience store of a number of cartons of cigarettes during the early morning hours of September 23.

The man was wearing round wire-rimmed glasses, a ball cap, a hood over his head, and a dark garbage bag over his clothing, and "used a garbage bag to take several cartons of cigarettes from the clerk and fled the store on foot," Mounties said at the time.

RCMP said the incident occurred at a Victoria Road store at about 1:11 a.m.

None of the charges against Backman have been tested in court.

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