According to police, since December 2015 the Niagara Regional Police Service #3 District (Welland) and #2 District (Niagara Falls) Detectives have been conducting an ongoing investigation into several robberies targeting pharmacies throughout the Niagara Region, and now it has paid off.
On February 7, 2016 Duane LEBLANC, a resident of Welland, was arrested and charged with 14 criminal charges in relation to six robberies in the Niagara Region.
The incidents involved include:
December 28, 2015 Shoppers Drug Mart 825 Ontario Rd., Welland, ON (NRPS INCIDENT 15-111828)
January 2, 2016 Shoppers Drug Mart 5175 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls, ON (NRPS INCIDENT 16-484)
January 7, 2016 Rexall Drug Store 838 Ontario Rd., Welland, ON (NRPS INCIDENT 16-1750)
January 12, 2016 Mahdieh Pharmacy 95 Lincoln St., Welland, ON (NRPS INCIDENT 16-3072)
February 3, 2016 Niagara Street Pharmacy 545 Niagara St., Welland, ON (NRPS INCIDENT 16-9239)
February 7, 2016 Guardian Pharmacy 155 Main St. East, Grimsby, ON (NRPS INCIDENT 16-10249)
LEBLANC has been held in custody and will appear for a bail hearing on February 8, 2016 at 59 Church Street in St. Catharines.
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