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Teen arrested with hunting knife after Main Street store robbed

A 17-year-old from Newmarket was quickly apprehended by officers who found him nearby on Davis
The Circle K located at 16 Main St. S in Newmarket.

A convenience store on Main Street South in Newmarket was robbed early this morning by a suspect armed with a large knife. 

York Regional Police responded to a call for an armed robbery at the Circle K convenience store just south of Davis Drive March 28 at 3 a.m.

A man wearing a balaclava and carrying a hunting knife came into the store and demanded money from the register and then fled on foot with cash, police said in a news release.

No one was physically harmed, police added.

Minutes later, officers stopped a person on Davis Drive who matched the suspect's description and who was carrying a knife.

A 17-year-old male from Newmarket, who can't be identified, was arrested and police seized a knife and a quantity of cash. He was charged with robbery, disguise with intent and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. 

Police are advising businesses to stay alert and contact them immediately if they see any suspicious activity. It advised keeping the business well lit, storing large bills in a time-delayed safe, using security and surveillance systems, and considering locking the door and buzzing customers in at night when there are minimal people or staff around. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact YRP's hold-up unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6630 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online

Elizabeth Keith

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Elizabeth Keith is a general assignment reporter. She graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2017. Elizabeth is passionate about telling local stories and creating community.
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