UPDATE: Suspects in overnight robberies appear in court

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Four people suspected of having involvement in three armed robberies that happened overnight in the St. John’s metro area appeared in court Saturday afternoon.

The four accused — Justin James Anderson, Devon Chezanne Hart, Aleshia Dawn O’Regan and Gordon Henry White — have only been charged in connection to a robbery that took place at an Ultramar gas station in St. John’s shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday.

However, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Const. Steve Curnew confirmed Saturday afternoon after all four suspects appeared in court that police are still investigating and do believe those people were involved in two similar crimes also committed overnight.

“We believe all three armed robberies are related,” Curnew told reporters outside provincial court in St. John’s. “The information that we have received on all three armed robberies are similar.”

In addition to the incident at Ultramar, officers were called to a Subway restaurant in Mount Pearl and a Tim Horton’s location on Portugal Cove Road. The latter business is located a short distance from the Ultramar station targeted overnight. All three incidents were reported to police within a 30-minute period.

Judge Jacqueline Brazil ordered Hart and White to undergo psychiatric assessments.They made a second court appearance Sunday and are reportedly fit to stand trial.

All four of the accused will return to court on Monday. Hart, O’Regan and White face additional charges for allegedly breaching court orders.

This story was edited to add new details.

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(Earlier story)

Four people are the primary suspects in a series of robberies that took place overnight in the St. John’s metro area.

No charges were laid as of early Saturday morning, but the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said in its overnight report that all four people were caught shortly after leaving the scene of the last robbery at the Ultramar service station on Elizabeth Avenue.

The three incidents reportedly occurred within a 30-minute time frame. Officers were first called shortly after 2:30 a.m. to investigate an armed robbery at a Subway restaurant on Commonwealth Avenue in Mount Pearl. Three people wearing masks left the business with money.

Just before 3 a.m., police were called to a Tim Horton’s location on Portugal Cove Road, where two masked individuals left the business with money. That Tim Horton’s outlet is not far from the Ultramar gas station on Elizabeth Avenue. The RNC received a report about an armed robbery at that business less than five minutes after the crime at Tim Horton’s was reported.

No one was injured during any of the robberies. The RNC is still investigating all three incidents. The accused range in age from 20 to 23.

Organizations: Ultramar

Geographic location: Commonwealth Avenue, Mount Pearl, Portugal Cove Road

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