RCMP in Inuvik say a public appeal helped them successfully track down a suspect in an armed robbery earlier this week.

Police were called to the town’s Corner Store just before 11pm on Tuesday, following reports someone had threatened staff with a knife before making off with stolen goods.

The following day, RCMP issued a request for anyone who could help identify the suspect to come forward – adding several other customers had been in the store at the time.

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On Friday police confirmed they had since arrested a youth, who has been charged with robbery and is in custody awaiting a youth justice court appearance. Their age means they cannot be named under Canadian law.

“We appreciate the quick reaction to our request for public assistance and sincerely thank the citizens of Inuvik for assisting the RCMP with this investigation,” said RCMP spokesperson Marie York-Condon.