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A man arrested for armed robbery in Victoria Tuesday morning has been connected to two similar crimes that occurred yesterday in Saanich.

Just before 5 a.m on Monday, March 28th, officers with Saanich Police responded to reports of a robbery at a convenience store in the 3200-block of Douglas Street. 

According to the clerk, the suspect brandished a knife and demanded money from him. 

The clerk was not injured but the suspect was able to flee the store with an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen walking eastbound toward Blanshard street. 

At approximately 6 p.m. the same day, officers responded to a call of an alarm sounding at a restaurant in the 3400-block of Douglas Street. 

A suspect had brandished a knife, demanded money and then fled the scene with cash. 

Police attended, however they were unable to locate the suspect. 

Just before 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, VicPD officers responded to reports of a man armed with a knife threatening a business in the 700-block of Bay Street. 

According to reports, a man had entered a staff-only area, brandished a knife and demanded cash. 

Staff handed over money and the man left. At this time, staff called 911. 

Minutes later, VicPD spotted the suspect in the 2500-block of Wark Street. He was taken into custody without incident and searched. 

Both a knife and cash were recovered. 

Saanich Police confirmed the suspect was the same man wanted in the two armed robberies from Monday.

“While we are satisfied that this man has been arrested, we feel this is a good reminder for business owners to talk to their staff on ways to be safe if faced with a similar situation,” said Constable Markus Anastasiades of Saanich PD.

“These robberies have not resulted in physical injury, in large part due to staff having complied with the demands of the suspect.  These incidents, with the level and threat of violence involved, can be very emotionally traumatic for all of those involved and support should be offered and provided as needed. As in these cases noted above, staff should try to remain calm, comply with the demands for money, and then notify police when safe to do so. ”

The man remains in police custody and charges of robbery and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose will be submitted for approval.

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