Brandon Bartlett
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Police have arrested a man in connection with two daytime robberies in downtown Victoria.

According to Victoria Police, the first robbery occurred at about 10:15 a.m. Thursday in the 400-block of Cook Street.

In a statement, police say officers were called to a business after a man entered the store, told staff he had a weapon and demanded cash.

An employee handed an undisclosed amount of money over to the suspect who then fled the area.

Multiple police officers, including a K9 unit, searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

Later that day, at around 5 p.m., officers were called to a similar robbery in the 2100-block of Quadra Street.

Police say they rushed to the scene and were able to locate the suspect. He was taken into custody without injury and is believed to have been involved in both robberies.

There were no injuries in either robbery and the investigation is ongoing.

Last Thursday, VicPD announced they would be increasing their presence in response to concerns of thieves targeting businesses closed due to COVID-19.

At that time, VicPD arrested two men for property offences in separate cases.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact VicPD’s non-emergency line at 250-995-7654 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.