Published on August 04, 2010
William Joseph Stockley, 31, appared in provincial court in St. John's Tuesday. He faces charges in connection with a robbery at a Needs Convenience on Brookfield Road Monday evening. He's due back in court Thursday.
Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
Published on August 02, 2010
RNC officers investigate an armed robbery at a Needs convenience store on Brookfield Road Monday evening. The incident occurred at about 7 p.m.
—Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
Man suspected in armed robbery in custody
At the same time a man suspected of holding up a convenience store in St. John’s appeared before a judge, police recovered what they believe is the shotgun he used.
William Joseph Stockley, of no fixed address, was led into provincial court at around 4 p.m. Tuesday wearing white police-issued coveralls.
The 31-year-old is charged with robbery, having his face masked, possessing a weapon (a shotgun) and breaching a condition of his probation, which ordered him to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
The charges stem from an incident that happened at around 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Police say Stockley walked into Needs Convenience on Brookfield Road, in the west end of the city, carrying a sawed-off shot gun.
He reportedly demanded the female clerk give him money, grabbed it and then ran.
Stockley was arrested later that night after police reviewed the in-store video.
Since his case was the last to be called in Courtroom No. 7 Tuesday, lawyers opted to have Stockley return to court Thursday.
“Take a good look, b’ys,” Stockley said to reporters as he was led back to the holding cells.
Meanwhile, Thursday afternoon, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s general investigation unit, with the assistance of a dive team, recovered “crucial evidence” pertaining to the robbery from the area of Petty Harbour-Long Pond.
Hours later, officers executed a warrant to search a house in Kilbride, where they found the sawed-off shotgun believed to have been used in the robbery.
RNC Const. Suzanne FitzGerald said “crucial evidence” was also recovered at the home.
The investigation continues.
Police are asking anyone who has any information about the incident to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be provided on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.
When The Telegram requested an interview with the manager of the Needs store, he declined and insisted he not be identified.
However, he did say that the store has been hit by armed robbers a few times in the last few years. He said a few years ago, he installed “a top-of-the-line” video surveillance system, which was key in helping police make the arrest.