Store owner placed in chokehold
|By Alex Coop - Staff Writer | July 13, 2017|
A day before his 36th birthday on July 11, Stanley Cheong, owner of the Lucky Dollar Food Store in Gooderham, was putting in an order for grocery items, when two men entered his store and tried to rob him.
“I didn’t think anything of it when they walked in,” Cheong told The Highlander shortly after the attempted robbery Tuesday morning. “We get customers all the time.”
The situation, however, escalated quickly, he says, as the two men surrounded Cheong, put him in a chokehold, and demanded access to the store’s office.
“They were directing me around the store, trying to get into the office and get money,” he said.
The two suspects fled the store shortly after. A press release issued July 12 said the men fled the scene in a 1984 black Buick Grand National. They were last seen driving westbound on County Road 503.
As of press time, their whereabouts was unknown. Cheong was unable to provide additional details, but confirmed that no one was hurt.
Haliburton Highlands OPP were called to the scene shortly before 10 a.m., but were unable to provide any details about the attempted robbery or the suspects at that time.
Officers, along with the OPP Central Region Crime Unit, are conducting an investigation.
Cheong, who lives in Gooderham, took over ownership of the store four years ago after his parents ran it for 35 years.
He says an attempted robbery has never happened before.
Residents driving by the scene of the crime were shocked by the news.
“Things like this don’t happen around here,” one man said.
Police ask anyone with information to call the local detachment at 705-286-1431 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
ALEX COOP is a reporter for The Highlander.