RCMP now say “edged weapon” was used in robbery at Shell gas bar in Yellowknife

Shell robbery suspect photo courtesy of RCMP

Yellowknife RCMP are looking for a suspect after the Shell gas station and convenience store was robbed by an armed suspect late Friday night.

According to a news release from the Mounties, just before midnight Friday, police responded to a call for service at the business on Range Lake Road.

RCMP state that a lone male wearing a black balaclava face mask walked into the gas station and demanded money from the cashier.

The cashier complied and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money southbound on Range Lake Road, police said.

Not until CKLB asked did RCMP admit an “edged weapon” – likely a knife – was used.

It’s not clear why they didn’t include that information in their original release.

There are no reports of injuries.

The RCMP Forensic Identification Services and Police Dog Services attended the scene and are assisting with the investigation.

“The RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the suspect. At the time of the incident, just before midnight, there may have been customers outside the gas station or in the neighbouring businesses that may have observed the incident or recognize the suspect,” police stated.

The suspect is described as a male, approximately 6’ tall, thin build, wearing a black/grey camouflauge (camo)  jacket, grey sweat pants with a black strip, black shoes and a pair of bright yellow gloves.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, nwtnutips.com, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: nwtnutips to 274637.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.