Police hunt woman wanted over Yellowknife robberies

Last modified: April 23, 2019 at 1:17pm

Police in Yellowknife are asking for help tracing a woman wanted in connection with crimes at two local convenience stores.

RCMP say Cynthia Lafferty is charged with two counts of robbery and one count of theft, but they are unable to locate her. A warrant for her arrest has been issued.

The latest incident came on Saturday evening at Willy’s Convenience Store on Range Lake Road, police said.


RCMP reported receiving a call regarding an alleged armed robbery at the store at 7:15pm.

Police said the same suspect is linked to a theft at the Circle K convenience store, also known as Wink’s or Mac’s, three days earlier – and a separate alleged armed robbery at Willy’s in January, which was not reported to police at the time.

Lafferty, who is 20 and a Yellowknife resident, is being “actively sought” by police.

She is described as 5 ft 7 in and of Métis descent, with brown hair and brown eyes.

“We have patrols looking for Ms Lafferty engaged,” said Cpl Julien Chalifour. “If you know where she is, please call us.”


Anyone who witnessed any of the reported incidents, or has information on Lafferty’s location, can call Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-1111.

She has not yet had the opportunity to answer the charges, nor been proven guilty of any such charge in court.

“RCMP do not believe that the January 4 and April 20 alleged armed robberies are linked to any of the other four robberies reported between January and March 2019 in Yellowknife,” a police news release on Tuesday stated. “Those investigations are open and ongoing.”