UPDATED: Kamloops man in custody after Barriere robbery
A Kamloops man was arrested at gun-point last night (May 3) after police say he held up a North Thompson gas station armed with a sawed-off shotgun.
At about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, a man wearing a ski mask and swimming goggles walked into the Barriere Esso station armed with a sawed-off shotgun and demanded cash.
"The gas station attendant complied with the request for the till content when threatened by the suspect," said RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.
The robber then ordered the clerk to turn on a fuel pump and fill his car, along with a number of gas cans.
"The attendant was not injured," Moskaluk said.
The vehicle involved was a blue 1989 Ford Escort that was reported stolen in Kamloops earlier in the day.
It was last seen headed south on the Yellowhead Highway toward Kamloops, and police quickly began heading up the Yellowhead Highway in the hopes of intercepting the crook.
They didn't cross paths. But, three hours later, just before midnight, an officer making patrols found the vehicle headed north on the highway near Rayleigh.
An 18-year-old man was taken in to custody in what police are calling a "high-risk takedown."
The suspect, an 18-year-old Kamloops man, is not known to police.
Mounties are expected to recommend charges of robbery, pointing a firearm and robbery with disguise.
The suspect's name has not been made public.