Armed robbery brings out emergency response team

The RCMP’s emergency response team conducted what it calls a “high-risk take-down” in downtown Whitehorse Tuesday evening, following an armed robbery. Five people are now in custody.

The RCMP’s emergency response team conducted what it calls a “high-risk take-down” in downtown Whitehorse Tuesday evening, following an armed robbery. Five people are now in custody.

At about 5 p.m. yesterday Whitehorse RCMP were called to a business on Elliot Street. Officers were told that two men had come in, armed with a machete and a baton. The suspects demanded money and wanted to know where the safe was, police say.

When officers arrived the suspects had fled. They made off with “an undisclosed amount of cash,” according to the RCMP news release.

No one was hurt during the robbery.

About two hours later police officers from the Whitehorse detachment and the emergency response team stopped and surrounded a vehicle at the corner of Second Avenue and Hanson Street.

Five people inside the vehicle were taken into custody without incident.

“A number of items seized from the vehicle are consistent with those used during the armed robbery,” RCMP say.

There is no word on what, if any, charges are being laid.

Police say they are still working on piecing together exactly what happened. They are asking anyone with details to contact the detachment.

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