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For Immediate Release
Bridgewater Police Service – Media Release
Date: April 7, 2023

Subject: Male arrested after reports of robbery, break and enter (FILE# 2023-447490)

BRIDGEWATER, NS – Bridgewater Police Service arrested a man following reports of a robbery and a break and enter in Bridgewater in the late evening of Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., Bridgewater Police received a call from an employee at the Needs Gas Station located on LaHave Street. During the call, the employee reported that a physical confrontation had occurred and that the location had been robbed of cigarettes by a male wearing a red jacket and hoody. The caller reported that the male fled on foot.

The Bridgewater K-9 Unit, which was on duty, started a track immediately following the report. The K-9 tracked the suspect to a residence located in a manufactured home park off North Street. Upon investigation, it was determined the suspect had already left that area.

At 11:48 p.m., Bridgewater Police received a 911 call for a break-and-enter in progress at the Lawtons Drug Store on North Street. The caller advised they heard glass smashing at the store. As police arrived, they noted a male running from the scene. After a foot chase the male, who fit the description of the earlier robbery, was arrested.

The man arrested was 41-year-old Brian Joseph Dobbin of Bridgewater. He has been charged with:

▪ Robbery under Section 344(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC)

▪ Theft under Section 334(b) of the CCC

▪ Break and enter with intent under Section 348(1)(b) of the CCC

▪ Mischief under Section 430 of the CCC

▪ Possession of stolen property under Section 354(1)(a) of the CCC

▪ Resisting arrest under Section 129(a) of the CCC

▪ Breach of probation under Section 733.1 of the CCC

▪ Two counts of possession of a narcotic under Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

The accused was scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2023.

If any member of the public has information specific to this case, please contact Bridgewater Police Service at 902-543-2464.

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