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Police arrest man wanted in convenience store robbery this week

North Bay Police released security camera images of the suspect, who was identified thanks to information received from members of the public
2021 05 17 NBPS Robbery Jane Clarence
NBPS says a handgun was shown during the robbery at the Circle K at Jane and Clarence.

Police have arrested and charged a man they believe robbed the Circle K convenience store at Jane Street and Clarence Street Monday.

See: Police seeking robbery suspect this morning

Police say that on May 17, at 3:30 a.m., the robber entered the business located on Lavery Street, and after gathering some items approached the cashier and showed them a firearm.

The clerk handed over some cash and the gunman fled.

North Bay Police released security camera images of the suspect, who was identified thanks to information received from the public. After identifying the man, police located and arrested him at approximately 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19.

Dylan Robert McWatch, 28, of North Bay, is charged with:

  • Robbery with violence
  • Firearm – Use while committing an offence
  • Possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to a prohibition order
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Failure to comply with release order

McWatch is being held in custody pending a bail hearing at the North Bay Courthouse.

"The North Bay Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance in this investigation," says a news release. "The use of security cameras in homes and businesses ensures that, when a crime is committed, there is video evidence of the crime and of the accused. This footage is indispensable to police investigations. If you have footage of a potential crime, contact the police to report it."

The North Bay Police Service encourages all members of the public who have home security cameras to join the Security Camera Resource and Mapping (SCRAM) initiative. Participants of SCRAM provide their contact information to police as well as the location of their security cameras. If the police believe your cameras may have captured evidence of a crime, NBPS officers will contact you and request to review your security camera footage.

See: SCRAM program gaining momentum thanks to Police Week push

SCRAM is completely voluntary. Individuals who sign up can refuse to show police security footage and withdraw from the program at any time. At no point are police given access to or control over your security cameras.

Jeff Turl

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