A thief at a Sooke liquor store is in custody after he allegedly swung a sword at staff before fleeing with stolen items.
Sooke RCMP say they were alerted to a robbery in progress at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 11.
According to the report, a liquor store in the 6800 block of West Coast Road in Sooke had been robbed.
An employee at the store told police that a man had entered the store and taken three bottles of wine. When staff tried to stop the man as he left, the man allegedly brandished a two-foot sword and swung it at employees.
Police say he then fled the scene on foot.
Staff pursued the man at a safe distance in a vehicle while contacting 9-1-1 and directing police to the man in the 6900 block of West Coast Road.
Officers intercepted the suspect, who they say was non-compliant. He was taken into custody and found to be in possession of stolen items and a sword.
Sergeant Kevin Shaw says while the situation was resolved safely, people could have been hurt in the incident.
“In situations like these, we always recommend to call the police immediately and then, only if safe to do so, provide us with updates of the suspect from a safe place,” said Shaw.
The suspect is now facing a charge of robbery. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.