One man in custody after he robbed two different businesses within ten minutes of each other while brandishing a knife in Duncan last month.

On March 30th, at approximately noon, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were called to business on Cowichan Way near the Trans Canada Highway following reports of a male shoplifter brandishing a knife.

Police say that a staff member at the business noticed the man shoplifting, and when he confronted him, the suspect drew a knife and threatened the employee.

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Less than ten minutes later, as officers were arriving to the scene they were called a second time with reports of the same male threatening another staff member at a different store nearby.

Multiple officers then searched the area and quickly located the suspect a short distance away from the second business.

The man had fled the two businesses with an approximate total of $40 worth of food items.

The 33-year-old Duncan man has been charged with theft under $5000, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, assault with a weapon and uttering threats, and breach of probation.

He appeared in court on April 1st, and is being held in custody until his next court appearance on April 23rd.