UPDATED- Beachburg Pharmacy Robbed

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A 34-year-old Pembroke area resident faces multiple charges following an armed robbery at Beach-West Pharmacy in Beachburg Saturday morning.

Joel David Visutski has been charged with • Robbery with a weapon• Disguise with intent• Flight from peace officer• Possession of a schedule I substance, opioid – two counts• Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000• Failure to comply with release order – two counts

The accused was also charged with several property related offences in relation to recent thefts from vehicles and possession/use of stolen credit cards in the area.

 The accused was been remanded into custody until a video appearance at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke on April 14. 

Local OPP officers with assistance from the Emergency Response Team and Canine Unit were involved in the search in the Westmeath area throughout the day.

The suspect was arrested at about 7:30 on Rapid Road after a brief foot chase.

Beachburg – Ontario Provincial Police are searching for a lone
suspect after the pharmacy in Beachburg was robbed Saturday morning.
A masked person entered Beach-West Pharmacy at about 10:30 and
brandished an edged weapon to an employee and demanded drugs. The
employee was not injured and the person fled the scene in a stolen
vehicle with a quantity of prescription drugs. The vehicle had been
reported stolen from a residence on Mountainview Drive in Laurentian
Valley Township on Friday.
 Officers in the area encountered the suspect and stolen vehicle on
Hennessy Trail in the Westmeath area of Whitewater Township. The
suspect abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
Responding officers, along with the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT)
and the Canine Unit, were unable to locate the male.
 Police have identified a person of interest and the investigation is
continuing with the assistance of OPP’s Forensic Identification
Services (FIS).
Officers from the Killaloe and Renfrew OPP detachments responded to
the robbery rto assist Upper Ottawa Valley officers from Pembroke and
Petawawa.