VicPD have arrested a man suspected of committing ten robberies over the course of eight days across Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich and Oak Bay.
At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 2nd, VicPD officers responded to a call of an attempted robbery at a grocery store in the 2600-block of Quadra Street.
According to reports, the suspect entered the store and handed an employee a note demanding money.
When the employee refused the suspect’s demands, the suspect fled the store on foot.
At 10 a.m. the same morning, officers received a report of another attempted robbery at a convenience store in the 400-block of Gorge Road east.
Similar to the previous incident, the suspect entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. However, the suspect fled on foot when he noticed a bystander.
When officers arrived on scene, the suspect was already gone. However, descriptions given of the suspect in this incident matched the one from the previous incident.
Approximately 20 minutes later, an officer saw a person matching the suspect description at a nearby gas station.
The man then fled the gas station after committing a third robbery, stealing cash and cigarettes.
Several officers, including an Integrated Canine Unit, searched the area and the man was located attempting to hide in his vehicle.
He was arrested and transported to VicPD cells where he was held in custody for breaching a conditional sentence order.
Officers believe the suspect is responsible for a total of ten robberies across Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich and Oak Bay over an eight day period, beginning with a robbery in Oak Bay on October 26th.
In addition to this, the suspect is believed to have committed five robberies in Victoria, one robbery in Esquimalt and three robberies in Saanich, some of which involved the use of a knife to threaten employees.
No one was physically injured in any of these incidents.
Anyone with any information regarding these incidents is asked to call VicPD at (250) 995-7654.