Robbery at Mac’s Milk

This morning (Thursday Nov 1) at approx. 7:20 am, Cobourg Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Mac’s Milk opposite the Police Station at 122 King Street West.  It seems a white male indicated he had a gun although he didn’t show it.  He also wore what appears to be a white Halloween mask over his face.  The Police report says that he left with a quantity of cigarettes and that the employee sustained minor injuries. The Police have a poor quality image of the suspect plus a video of a “person of interest”.  They are looking for help from the public – the suspect is described as: Male White, 25-35 years, 5’10 to 6’ tall, 150-170 lbs, wearing dark pants, black hoodie with the hood up.

Macs Milk
Mac’s Milk

Pete Fisher reports that “the Cobourg Police Service Forensic Identification Unit was on scene and completed their examination just prior to 9:30 a.m. when the store re-opened.”

The last armed robbery in Cobourg was on January 14, 2017 when a young white male (although shorter) robbed the Petro Canada Gas Station on Division Street and took cash.  That suspect was arrested in Kitchener in July 2017 (see Links below).

At right is a Google street view photo of the Mac’s Milk store; below left is the in-store surveillance photo (seems to me to be close to useless) and below right is the very short video released by the Police of a “Person of Interest”. (A possible witness?)

Macs Milk suspect
Mac’s Milk suspect

The Police ask that “If you recognize the male or have information about who is responsible for this crime contact the Cobourg Police or consider using Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous.”  

Cobourg police can be reached at:  (905) 372 – 2243
Call Crime Stoppers at: 1-800-222-8477


Update 11 Dec 2018

Police reported that an arrest has been made of the man who is suspected of robbing the Mac’s Milk of “a quantity of cigarettes” and that “the employee sustained minor injuries.”

After an investigation, today, 19 year old Julianno PETRELLA of Cobourg was arrested and charged with the following offences:

  1. Disguise with Intent, contrary to section 351(2) of the Criminal Code.
  2. Robbery with Intent, contrary to section 344(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

He was released on a Promise to Appear with an Undertaking to a court date of January 23rd, 2019.

The Cobourg Police wish to stress the importance of local business owners installing and maintaining video surveillance.

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5 years ago

According to Pete Fisher, the robbery took place at 6:40 am and the police responded at 7:20 am – according to their report.
Could distance be a factor here?

Cobourg resident
Reply to  Albert
5 years ago

Don’t forget, Macs is quite a ways from the Tim Hortons at Elgin and Division!

Rusty Brown
5 years ago

Not happy to read about this. The guys at Mac’s are always affable, helpful and competent and shouldn’t have to face the prospect of incidents such as this every so often.
There’s enough detail in that brief video to help find that perp if he spends any time at all in our neighbourhood. That “person of interest” is the perp. Look real close.