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Police presence outside St. John’s pizza shop Saturday, two people taken away in handcuffs

A man is seen handcuffed and put in the back of an unmarked police car outside Pizza Pros on Prince of Wales Street in St. John’s shortly after noon Saturday.
A man is seen handcuffed and put in the back of an unmarked police car outside Pizza Pros on Prince of Wales Street in St. John’s shortly after noon Saturday. - SaltWire Network

The Telegram was on the scene of a police arrest shortly after noon Saturday outside Pizza Pros at the corner of Ricketts Road and Prince of Wales Street.

It appeared Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) officers arrested a man and a woman.

The man was put in the back of an unmarked police car, and the woman was put in the back of another police car.

Also seen leaving the scene was another police cruiser with a man in the back, but it is unknown at this time if that person was related to the other two arrests.

There were two police cruisers, one police truck, and one unmarked police car all on scene.

An officer was seen speaking with an employee inside Pizza Pros after the arrests were made.

The Telegram spoke with a worker at Pizza Pros who said the arrests did not have anything to do with the Pizza Pros location.

“I work in the store here,” said Ken Kennedy. “I think there was some sort of commotion with two people and that’s all that I know. All of a sudden there was a bunch of cops in front of the store…I heard through the grapevine that somebody pulled an armed robbery somewhere else, not here, and then whatever happened they ended up here.”

RNC Sergeant Harnum confirmed there was a report of an armed robbery in the east end of St. John’s Saturday.

“There’s an ongoing investigation,” said Harnum. “We’re very early into everything here, we’re trying to determine if one is related to the other.”

Kennedy said he was in the back of Pizza Pros prepping food when he noticed the commotion going on outside and said he couldn’t see how many people were arrested.

One police cruiser was still parked on Ricketts Road at 12:30 p.m. but all others were gone.

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