A 38-year-old North Shore man had no time to enjoy his stolen goods as he was arrested within a minute after leaving the business he had just allegedly robbed.
The incident unfolded in the early morning hours of Monday (February 5) when North Vancouver RCMP received a 911 call at approximately 4 a.m. from a clerk at the gas station located at the intersection of Capilano Road and Marine Drive. The victim said he had just been robbed by a male who had threatened him with violence and demanded cigarettes as well as money from the cash register.
The male left the store and walked southbound on Capilano Road. Police, who were conducing patrols in the area, were at the scene within a minute. An officer actually observed the robber attempting to cross the road on a walk signal after waiting for the signal to change, said Cpl. Richard De Jong. “Making our regular night time patrols proved unfortunate for the robber but the victim appreciated our immediate response,” he added.
The store clerk was not injured in the incident. The suspect, who was known to police, was arrested and held for court on robbery charges.