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Bear spray used in robbery

No injuries, three sought for Ness Avenue bar holdup

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Police are seeking three suspects after a brazen armed robbery at a bar in the 3000 block of Ness Avenue.

A media release said three suspects entered the bar just after midnight on March 20 and confronted staff with bear spray. One suspect jumped the counter and demanded cash. No one was injured and the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Const. Jason Michalyshen said all three suspects had what looked like bear spray, which was not discharged. There were about five patrons in the bar when the robbery took place, he said.

Staff did the right thing by complying with the suspects’ demands, Michalyshen said.

"When members of the public are confronted in this fashion… personal safety is most important."

"We would never suggest people take matters into their own hands. It puts them, and other members of the public as well, at great risk."

The three male suspects were described as Aboriginal in appearance, in their early 20s, and wearing dark clothing.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 204-986-2839 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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