2019-09-11

Police fan out in Lunenburg County after alleged gas-and-go involving suspected stolen vehicle

by Keith Corcoran

Authorities are still trying to locate a suspected stolen dark-coloured sport utility vehicle (SUV) and its occupants accused of being involved in a gas-and-go near Western Shore.

The man driving the vehicle, wearing a black hoodie and a ball cap, tried to hide his face and the licence plate while at the Gold River Shell station, information obtained by LighthouseNOW indicated.

The female passenger was wearing a Puma ball cap, a hooded sweater with the word "juicy" printed on the back, and sweatpants with "NYC" written on the left leg.

Lunenburg district RCMP Staff Sgt. Paul Coughlin said the black Volkswagen SUV, which matched the description of a vehicle stolen out of the Halifax area, had an Alberta licence plate. He said security footage from the service station is being reviewed by investigators. It's believed $70 worth of gasoline was taken.

The incident was called into police on Labour Day, just before 11 p.m.

Unsuccessful attempts were made by police to conduct a traffic stop, Coughlin said. Police attempted to "close the gap" to get more information but the vehicle would increase speed on the road

Municipal police in Bridgewater were alerted when the suspect vehicle entered the Main Street of the South Shore from the direction of Oakhill. At one point, someone called 911 notifying authorities that a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed blew through a red light at Veterans' Memorial Bridge and continued on Victoria Road toward Wileville.

Officers fanned out around the county - in places such as Western Shore, Blockhouse, Cookville, Maitland and Hebbs Cross - to try and find the vehicle to no avail.

Coughlin said the investigation continues into the matter.

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