Woman in jail after suspected robbery spree

Thirty-five-year-old allegedly held up 10 businesses in three days

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on November 3, 2012
Lynn Ann Noseworthy, 35, of St. John’s is led into provincial court Friday afternoon. Noseworthy faces 20 charges of robbery, attempted robbery and wearing a mask in the commission of a crime. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

Ten robberies in three days and 20 charges.

It all added up to a whole lot of trouble with the law for a St. John’s woman who reportedly went on a robbery spree in the metro area.

Lynn Ann Noseworthy appeared in provincial court in St. John’s late Friday afternoon.

The 35-year-old ducked to avoid reporters’ cameras as she was led into Courtroom No. 7. Once inside, she covered her face with her hand and kept it there for the rest of the proceedings, which took just five minutes.

One by one, Judge Greg Brown read the charges to her.

In all, she faces five counts of robbery, five counts of attempted robbery and 10 counts of having her faced masked in each of them.

Prosecutor William Cadigan told the judge the Crown was opposed to releasing her from custody.

As a result, duty counsel Jane Fitzpatrick suggested they set the case over until Monday for a possible bail hearing.

Noseworthy was taken back to jail until then.

“She’s never been in trouble before,” Noseworthy’s cousin told reporters in the courtroom.

But she certainly is now.

Police say Noseworthy hit 10 businesses in St. John’s and Mount Pearl between Wednesday and early Friday morning.

They say she managed to get cash at some of the places, but not all.

There were no reports of injuries to store employees.

RNC officers from patrol services, K9 and forensic identification section responded to the robberies. As a result of a co-ordinated response, general investigation unit made the arrest.

Noseworthy was arrested shortly before 4:30 a.m. Friday without incident.

The dates, times and locations of the robberies are:

‰ Wednesday, Oct. 31— 5:40 a.m. at the Ultramar, Freshwater Road in St. John’s.

‰ Thursday, Nov. 1 — 7:22 p.m. at Hobo’s Pizza on Empire Avenue, St. John’s; 7:34 p.m. at Needs Convenience on Merrymeeting Road, St. John’s; 9:35 p.m. at Stockwood’s Bakery on Freshwater Road, St. John’s; 9:43 p.m. at Domino’s Pizza on Freshwater Road, St. John’s; 9:54 p.m. at Marie’s Mini Mart on Crosbie Road, St. John’s.

‰ Friday, Nov. 2, 1:17 a.m. at the Ultramar on Commonwealth Avenue, Mount Pearl; 1:23 a.m. at the Irving on Topsail Road, St. John’s; 3:56 a.m. at Ultramar on Waldegrave Street, St. John’s; and 4:06 a.m. at the Ultramar on Blackmarsh Road, St. John’s.

The RNC general investigation unit is continuing to investigate and is seeking the assistance of the general public. Anyone who may have information in relation to these crimes is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be provided anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at  www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

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