A robbery charge was laid after the store clerk stopped a spate of shoplifting

24-year-old Timmins man charged

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A Timmins man, who police say was in the midst of a shoplifting spree, has been charged with robbery after he allegedly assaulted a store clerk who confronted him at a location.

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Police say the accused twice went to a grocery store on Brunette Road between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday, where the man allegedly walked out with unpaid goods.

He then drove to a nearby outlet on Algonquin Boulevard where, according to police, he was “observed stealing various items”.

Confronted by a store staff member, the suspect punched the clerk multiple times and fled on foot, according to the Timmins Police Department.

Timmins Police Service officers responding to the call were able to identify, locate and arrest the suspect a short distance from the scene of the robbery and assault.

The accused is already known to the police and was on probation at the time.

Norman Williams, 24, of Timmins, has been charged with robbery with violence, three counts of possession of property obtained by crime, two counts of theft and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order.

He was being held by police pending a bail hearing in Timmins Provincial Court on Wednesday morning.