Kings District RCMP is investigating a string of incidents that occurred yesterday between Wilmot in Annapolis County and Coldbrook in Kings County.
- At 3:59 p.m., RCMP received a report of a car that was stolen from the parking lot of a business in Wilmot, Annapolis County. The car was a black 2000 BMW sedan.
- At 4:04 p.m., RCMP responded to a panic alarm at a pharmacy in Kingston. The suspect demanded morphine from the pharmacist. The employee activated the panic alarm and the man fled the store in a black car.
- At 4:57 p.m., the RCMP received a call from a pharmacy in Berwick advising of a theft of rubbing alcohol by a man driving a black car. The man fled the store before police arrival.
- At 5:00 p.m., RCMP received a call reporting a theft of gas from a service station in Kentville. The suspect left in a black car headed towards Canning.
- At 6:03 p.m., RCMP responded to a panic alarm at a pharmacy in Coldbrook. A man entered the pharmacy and demanded narcotics. He had a knife in his hand. He fled the pharmacy in a black car with a quantity of narcotics.
No one was hurt during any of these incidents. The black car that had been stolen from Wilmot earlier in the day and used during the commission of all of the incidents was spotted several times by police, but did not stop when the police officers attempted a traffic stop. When the vehicle was located on Belcher St. in New Minas, RCMP officers used a spike belt to slow it down. The vehicle collided with a marked RCMP vehicle, and a short time later it left the road and collided with a utility pole. The driver was arrested at the scene, and taken to Valley Regional Hospital. He was later released into police custody where he has been held since last evening.
Kyle Joseph Keddy, 32, of Port Williams, is facing 21 criminal charges for offences including Robbery, theft, Dangerous Driving, and Flight from Police. Further charges may be pending. He will appear in Kentville Provincial Court today.
If you have information about any of these incidents, please call Kings District RCMP at 902-679-5555 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.
The investigation is ongoing.