Police responded to a robbery at the Esso station locally known as Jim Bob’s in Kimberley Tuesday morning, July 21, 2020. Carolyn Grant photo

Police responded to a robbery at the Esso station locally known as Jim Bob’s in Kimberley Tuesday morning, July 21, 2020. Carolyn Grant photo

Police respond to robbery at Kimberley gas station

Suspect fled on foot and was possibly armed

There were a number of police officers at the Esso station in Lower Blarchmont, Kimberley, locally known as Jim Bob’s, this morning, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, responding to a robbery at the station.

Sgt. Chris Newel of the Kimberley RCMP says that just after 8 a.m., a lone man entered the building and sprayed the clerk with bear spray. The suspect stole the cash drawer and lottery tickets.

He then ran off behind the building, and Newel says it is believed the suspect may be in possession of a firearm.

“Video surveillance from a neighboring business was obtained. The Forensic Identification Section and Police Dog Service attended the scene and are assisting.”

Newel says that a previous RCMP release of a photo of a truck in the area at the same time is not related to the case.

“Officers have since spoken to the registered owner of that vehicle and it is not connected to the robbery,” he said.

Should you have any information pertaining to the incident please contact the Kimberley RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Additionally, the RCMP has requested anyone with dash cameras on their vehicles who drove by Kimberley Esso and Western Lodge between 7:55 a.m. and 8:04 a.m. to contact them.

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