(Photo by Saanich Police)

A 52-year-old man has been arrested in connection with three separate robberies in Saanich.

The same individual was allegedly involved in robbing two different 7-Eleven stores, one on Saturday May 25th, and the other on Sunday May 26th.

This is also the individual who police say robbed the TD Canada Trust branch at 309 Burnside Road West at around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29th.

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Through collaboration with their Victoria counterparts, Saanich Police arrested the individual and are recommending charges of three counts of Robbery with a Firearm.

He is currently in custody and is expected to make an appearance in court tomorrow.

“The impact of these crimes was felt by many people and Victim Services has been engaged to provide support to all those involved,” reads a statement from Sgt. Julie Fast.

Details

At approximately 5:15 a.m. Saturday morning, a man entered the 7-11 located at 10 Burnside Road W and pulled a gun on a store employee, demanding money.

The staff member then handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes, and the man fled the convenience store heading west on Burnside Road.

The second armed robbery took place on Sunday morning at another 7-11 in the area.

At approximately 4:30 a.m., two suspects, a man and a woman, entered the convenience store at 3775 Carey Road and one of them drew a firearm. The pair then threaten the two store employees behind the counter and demanded money from them.

The third incident which took place on Wednesday, May 29th was a robbery at the TD Canada Trust branch at 309 Burnside Road West.

While the suspect was conducting the robbery, the bank’s dye pack deployed, causing him to have noticeably red staining on his skin and clothing.

The search for the suspect after this third incident involved multiple police cruisers and K9 unit deployment, as well as a public alert to keep an eye out for him.

Ongoing investigation

The Saanich Police investigation into these incidents remains active, however, as the woman believed to be involved in the second 7-Eleven robbery has not been found yet.

She is described as tall and skinny, standing approximately 6’0” to 6’3”. At the time she was wearing a black jacket with a D/C logo on the front and a bandana that covered her face.

Anyone with information about the identity of the female suspect is asked to contact Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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