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OPP investigating incident at Northbrook Bank of Montreal location

A large police presence drew the attention of those in Northbrook, after a number of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cruisers appeared suddenly in the retail area of the rural community in Addington Highlands following a robbery on the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.

The Foodland and BMO locations on Highway 41 in Northbrook, Addington Highlands. Both locations were taped off by police as of 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, due to an active investigation being conducted by the OPP, however, both businesses had reopened for business as of 3:25 p.m. Photo by Peter McKenty/Kingstonist.

The OPP arrived in Northbrook just after noon on Friday, with officers focused on the Bank of Montreal (BMO) location on Highway 41 at the corner of Peterson Road. Just after 1 p.m., Lennox and Addington (L&A) OPP Constable Brianna Raison confirmed that officers were responding to an incident in the area of that location.

“It is an active investigation right now,” Raison relayed via email, in response to inquiries from Kingstonist.

“It’s not believed there is any risk to public safety, however, we are asking that the public avoid the area at this time while officers conduct their investigation.”

While those in the area reported the incident as having been a bank robbery, later in the day OPP would confirm that the incident was a robbery but did not confirm the name or type of the affected business. Residents in the area reported that one person had been arrested, and that it appeared police were searching for another suspect, however, that information was also not confirmed by the OPP.

Map of the Northbrook area via Google Maps.

The Frontenac OPP did confirm, however, that OPP aviation services were involved in the investigation, and further confirmed that the investigation was focused on the area of Highway 41 at Peterson Road, where both the BMO and the Foodland grocery store across the street had been taped off by police by 2:05 p.m. Both locations had reopened for business by 3:25 p.m.

According to OPP in follow-up correspondence on Friday evening, one suspect remains at large. The person of interest is described as a white male, approximately 5’9″, with a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black jogging pants with red stripes on the sides, running shoes, dark black sunglasses, a black hat and a black mask.

Northbrook is a town in Addington Highlands County (the County has a population of a 2,323 as of the 2016 Statistics Canada Census), just outside of North Frontenac Township.

Anyone with information in regards to this investigation is asked to call L&A County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS). Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at: www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

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