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2013-01-21 at 15:32

Mac’s Most Wanted

By Jamie Smith,
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It’s not a Youtube video people want to end up in.

Mac’s Convenience Stores has compiled a video of what it is dubbing as Thunder Bay’s most wanted, those still at large in the community who robbed one of the chain’s convenience stores in the past year.

“Hopefully it will generate some calls into Crime Stoppers to help identify who they are and get them off the street,” Mac’s security and loss prevention manager Sean Sportun said.

The video features four of the 16 Mac’s robberies in the city in 2012. Police have solved eight of those. That’s an improvement over 2011 where 12 of 26 robberies were solved.

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“We’ve seen a great impact that it’s had on the community,” Sportun said of social media and community campaigns.

“2012 was a much better year we had less robberies so we’re just hoping that trend will continue,” Thunder Bay Police Const. Julie Tilbury said.

The chain and police have worked together along with Crime Stoppers to help reduce the number. But Tilbury cautions that if other businesses want to try a similar route, they contact police first.

“We have things we have to keep in consideration such as continuity of evidence and making sure privacy of witnesses and victims are brought to the forefront,” she said. “They don’t want to do anything that’s going to compromise the integrity of that investigation.”

Anyone who can help identify the people in the video may be eligible for a cash reward. Although most have their faces covered, Sportun said there are other ways to tell who the people might be.

“The way they move, the way they walk, the way they’re running, the things that they do, maybe the clothing that they’re wearing. If you know the person you’re going to be able to identify them that way,” he said.


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triceps says:
Good idea finally. I hope people come forward and turn these criminals in to the police!!
1/21/2013 4:22:16 PM
razor_burn says:
Baaaahahaha. Good luck Sean.
1/21/2013 6:01:02 PM
glass half full says:
Do you ever agree with anything? You have issues that you need to sort out. Change your name on here to glass half empty.

Post what Macs should be doing ... Please give a solution instead of a one line negative comment all the time.

Congrats MACS, good effort on trying to be corporate citizens in our city.
1/22/2013 6:07:48 PM
#justsaying says:
This is an amazing program! Mac's has taken the lead on fighting crime from the start and should be an example for others to follow.

Criminals beware, you will be caught sooner or later! Well done Mac's
1/21/2013 6:47:22 PM
nvjgu says:
Get them off the street they said... Right. For how long couple days.
1/21/2013 10:47:34 PM
Tiredofit says:
While I applaud MACs for doing this, it's a sad commentary on our town, I can't image what the corporate bigwigs must think of Thunder Bay, I wonder if they have to do this elsewhere in Ontario, hell Canada...
1/22/2013 7:57:55 AM
#justsaying says:
Look at Shoppers Drug Mart! How many times have they been robbed or have had theft problems or WalMart? They have theft problems there ALL the time. So your right, Mac's is stepping up and leading the way; the other big chains just dont want to have their brand associated with "crime" so they remain under the radar.

Has anybody ever wondered why big chains don't flood our City? Because they get here, open one maybe two locations and give up. The loss is too much for them. Our community needs to smarten up!

1/22/2013 9:37:12 AM
unionbay880 says:
Really the big chain stores told you this? Thats awesome. I know is't so sad to see that Wal-mart is not expanding in our city (2 new stores) and Shoppers has given up (refurbishing / building new stores). And Target, I bet they wouldnt even dream of coming here (2 new stores opening soon). Nice try.
1/22/2013 1:04:48 PM
The Wolf says:
Seriously? #justsaying are you seriously saying that?

If so can you answer this one question?

Your claim is that major chains stay away from Thunder Bay because of your crime rate. So with that fact put out there by you, I want you to explain to all of us why these major chains have several locations in cities like Detroit, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami and Washington DC?

All those cities have far worse crime rates ans crime situations then our city does.

You seem to be one of these people that believe the world is a better place on the other side of the fence. NEWS FLASH - Thunder Bay is not the horrible city most people make it out to be.
1/22/2013 4:53:53 PM
Lindor says:
As someone who's been the victim of a workplace robbery (at a fast food restaurant a few years ago) it's great to see Mac's making an effort to catch these people.

I accidentally gave the wrong description of my assailant and said he was wearing a black leather jacket, when it was in fact a black windbreaker. Even though the police watched the video footage and found the mistake, the newspaper the next day still published my wrong description.

I wish my workplace had publicized the video the way that Mac's is now, to help catch the scum who do these robberies. I'd feel better knowing he was caught.
1/22/2013 3:17:07 PM
TheBeatles2013 says:
Mac's Mart sure loves to get robbed
I think that the robbies and drugdealers should rob a donut shop so the police do their job
1/22/2013 4:07:34 PM
Tbaybuddha says:
Just throwing it out there... I'm not sure if this would even work or if the police have enough cars to do it, but.... Maybe if an empty police car was parked infront of some of the ore targeted Mac's, and left there for a few hours (during the hours when these robberies typically happen) that would be enough of a deterrent for people targeting the stores...

Might sound kind of silly but a decoy like that would probably deter criminals from even wanting to enter the store in the first place...
1/24/2013 1:50:33 PM
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