Kamloops Mounties have arrested a suspect believed to have robbed four convenience stores during a 30-hour knife-wielding crime blitz on Sunday night and Monday morning.
Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the suspect was arrested without incident in the Batchelor Heights area following the fourth robbery — a 9:50 a.m. heist at the Parkcrest Neighbourhood Store at Parkcrest Avenue and Windbreak Street in Brocklehurst.
No one was injured during the robbery, she said.
Shelkie said a containment area was set up and the suspect was found in Batchelor Heights in a vehicle that matched the description given to police.￼
A 44-year-old man was arrested and a knife was found in the vehicle. Shelkie said the man arrested was previously known to police.
Charges are pending.
Police said this suspect matched the description of a man wanted for robbing three other convenience stores in the past 30 hours — the Cornerstone Market at Halston Avenue and 12th Street at 3:50 a.m.,on Monday, the Halston Esso at 1271 Salish Rd. on the Tk'emlups reserve at 1:30 a.m. on Monday and the Mac's convenience store in the 200-block of Tranquille Road at 6:20 a.m. on Sunday.
During the robberies, a man entered the stores brandishing a large knife and demanding money from the clerks on duty. Cash was taken, but no one was hurt.
Surveillance footage captured clear images of the robber, who is a white man, between 45 and 55 years of age. He has a larger build and has a grey goatee. During the robberies, he wore a blue and grey Vancouver Canucks hooded sweatshirt. He was driving a silver/grey, smaller, four-door sedan.