Two men and a woman are charged in connection with a March 9 armed robbery at New Germany's Shoppers Drug Mart.
Krishna Michael Eisener, 22, of Bridgewater; Tyler Blaine Jonathan Veinotte, 24, of Cookville, Lunenburg County; and Krystal Mae Doris Kempton, 34, of Charleston, Queens County, are each charged with seven counts of drug possession, and single counts of robbery, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and possessing stolen property.
Eisener and Veinotte are also charged with wearing a mask while committing an indictable offence, and assault with a weapon and resisting arrest. Veinotte faces five additional allegations of breaching his release conditions, while Eisener is alleged to have breached his probation.
Lunenburg district RCMP were notified of multiple 911 calls around 1:35 p.m. of a suspected armed robbery at the Highway 10 store. "The owner of the store reported they had been robbed by two men with knives," police said in a statement released March 11. Authorities said no one was hurt during the incident.
"A witness reported seeing two men run from the store carrying pill bottles, dropping the bottles and cash as they ran. The suspects got into a car and fled the area, and the witness followed the vehicle from the area and was able to provide police with updates on the location of the car."
RCMP conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle while on the Monk Road, a road that runs between the rural Lunenburg County communities of Upper Branch and Baker Settlement.
"The two male passengers were arrested after a brief struggle and the female driver was arrested without incident," RCMP said.
"The vehicle was seized and searched, and RCMP officers found pill containers, cash, needles, and gloves and a bandanna that one suspect was wearing during the robbery.
Kempton, Veinotte and Eisener were due in front of a judge March 11 in Bridgewater.
Initial information about robbery indicated a man wearing a black ski mask was involved. A RCMP officer, and later a member of an integrated police unit known for investigating serious crimes, were on site March 9 at the Shoppers Drug Mart. At one point a man who works as a pharmacist could be seen through a door window speaking to the officers near one of the counters.
Red-coloured notices on the doors informed customers, "this store is temporarily closed due to an emergency."
In the slush across the road from the store parking lot, three $5 bills in Canadian currency were found and turned over to law enforcement. The money was found about an hour after police were notified of the incident and it's unclear if the discovery of the cash was related to the investigation.
Authorities were told to be on the look-out for a dark-coloured Honda Civic, last seen in the Upper Branch area of Lunenburg County. At 3:40 p.m., a flatbed hauling a Honda Civic - with a licence plate matching the suspect vehicle - was seen on the Upper Branch Road heading in the Bridgewater direction as a marked RCMP cruiser followed behind.
The same store was robbed at gunpoint in August 2017. A 48 year old New Germany area man was sentenced to federal prison for the crime, which involved a fake firearm.