Accused man in string of armed robberies out on bail
A man from Mount Pearl accused in a series of armed robberies this month was released on bail in a St. John's court on Friday.
David Evans, 19, is accused of armed robberies of six convenience stores, and attempting to rob another one, between May 1 and 15.
He was released on $6,000 bail, with strict conditions.
Most of the locations were Needs Convenience stores in Mount Pearl. Evans is accused of holding one of them up several times, and also robbing Barbour's Convenience in Mount Pearl.
The other armed robbery happened at K&D Grocery in Paradise.
Evans is accused of trying to hold up a Marie's Mini Mart in Conception Bay South.
In each of the incidents, Evans is charged with using a knife and masking his face.
Under his conditions, Evans has to report to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary twice a week, must refrain from using drugs or alcohol, has to keep the peace and obey a curfew.
Additionally, Evans is not allowed to leave his house without being accompanied by one of his parents.
This is Evans' first run in with the law, but Crown prosecutors and judges have said workers at convenience stores need to be protected from robberies.
In an attempt to curb robberies, judges have been handing out stiff sentences. Despite not having a criminal record, Evans may be facing serious jail time if convicted.
He is expected back in court on June 12.