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Robbery suspect alleged to have used Molotov cocktail released on bail

Miles Alanen is facing several charges for allegedly robbing McKellar Confectionary with a knife and 'crudely made' Molotov cocktail
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THUNDER BAY — A Thunder Bay man accused in an armed robbery of a southside restaurant last month has been released on bail.

Miles Alanen, 57, appeared before Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron in a Thunder Bay courtroom on Friday for a bail hearing.

Alanen is facing charges of robbery with a weapon, disguise with intent, placing or throwing an explosive substance, and assault with a weapon.

The charges relate to an incident the morning of Feb. 25. It is alleged Alanen entered McKellar Confectionary, pointed a knife at staff, and demanded money. According to police, he left the business with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Further investigation by the Thunder Bay Police Service’s break and enter and robbery unit found a “crudely made Molotov cocktail” that Alanen is alleged to have attempted to use during the robbery.  

The Crown was not consenting to Alanen’s release on secondary and tertiary grounds, but Caron said it failed to meet the onus of those grounds.

Alanen was granted $1,000 no-deposit bail with no surety.

The matter will return to court next month.  

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