Arrest in 2 armed robberies

Police have arrested a man in connection with a robbery in Wheatley early Sunday morning.

At around 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, a lone suspect entered the Mac’s Milk Store located at 30 Talbot Street West in Wheatley.  The suspect produced a firearm, demanded money, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.  There were no injuries as a result of this incident and the firearm was not discharged.

The Essex County OPP also attended a similar incident which occurred approximately an hour later at the Petro-Canada Truck Stop on Hwy 77 at the 401 with similar suspect and vehicle description.

Following a joint investigation between the Chatham-Kent Police Service Major Crime Unit and Essex County OPP Crime Unit, a suspect was identified.  Yesterday afternoon, a 21- year-old Leamington man was arrested by the OPP R.O.P.E Squad (Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement) in connection with both robberies.

Jesse-Lee William BUTT, 21, of Talbot Street East in Leamington has been charged with 15 criminal code offences:

2 counts of Use a firearm in a Robbery 2 counts of Carry a Concealed Weapon 2 counts of use a Firearm to Commit a Criminal Offence
2 counts of point a firearm 2 counts of wearing a disguise while committing a criminal offence 2 counts of possess weapon dangerous to the public
2 counts of breach of Undertaking
1 count of Possession of Cannabis 

He has been held in custody in Windsor pending a bail hearing.

Police have not located the weapon used in this offence and video indicates that the weapon may be a simulated firearm.

Police are still looking for witnesses to either incident.   Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Aaron Medenblik 519-436-6618 or OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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