(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Thunder Bay Police Service has arrested a suspect connected to three Tuesday morning robberies. Officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were originally dispatched to the Circle K convenience store at 708 May Street at about 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 following reports of a robbery that just occurred.
While en route officers spotted a vehicle driving away from the convenience store. That vehicle, and the suspect driving it, matched the initial descriptors officers received from dispatch. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled. Due to public safety concerns the officers discontinued their pursuit.
A short time later, officers again spotted a vehicle and suspect matching the descriptions from the robbery in the Oliver Paipoonge area. Officers again attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect again ignored police and fled.
In an effort to stop the suspect from fleeing, officers used a spike strip. The spike strip was successful, but the driver continued his attempts to flee from police. Due to the damaged tires, the vehicle came to a stop in the area of Taylor Drive and Rosslyn Road.
Police arrested the suspect without further incident.
The male suspect was transported to the Thunder Bay Police Service headquarters, where a trained Drug Recognition Expert evaluated the accused and determined he was impaired by drug.
A 39-year-old Thunder Bay man, William Edward Thomas has now been arrested and charged,
The Thunder Bay Police Service continues to investigate the robbery of the May Street Circle K, along with two other reported robberies this suspect is connected to. The Esso Tiger Express and Car Wash was the scene of a robbery just after 4 a.m., and Santorelli’s Truck Stop at 3133 Arthur Street was the scene of a robbery just before 5 a.m., on Tuesday Dec. 10.
Thomas appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning via video link from the TBPS station located at 1200 Balmoral Street. Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill was presiding along with Crown Attorney Manon Arbour and law student Justin Blanco on behalf of criminal defence lawyer Michael “The PITBULL” Hargadon.
Thomas is facing the following criminal charges:
- Robbery x3.
- Operate a conveyance in a manner dangerous to the public x 2.
- Fail to stop for police while in pursuit x2.
- Operate a motor vehicle while impaired.
Thomas was not released from jail today and is scheduled to reappear in court on December 13th, 2019 where he will have another swing at being released from jail. He is headed to the Thunder Bay District Jail for the time-being.