Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Victoria, BC – VicPD officers arrested a man on Tuesday morning who is suspected of committing 10 robberies over the course of eight days across Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, and Oak Bay.
At approximately 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 2nd, VicPD officers responded to a report of an attempted robbery at a grocery store in the 2600-block of Quadra Street. The suspect handed an employee a note demanding money. When the employee refused the suspect fled the store on foot.
Shortly after this incident, at approximately 10 a.m., Patrol officers received a report of an attempted robbery at a convenience store in the 400-block of Gorge Road East. The officers learned the suspect had entered the store and demanded money from the clerk before fleeing when he noticed a bystander. He was no longer on scene when officers arrived. The suspect description in this incident matched the description of the suspect from the previous incident.
Officers continued to search for the man in the area of the second attempted robbery. Approximately 20 minutes later, an officer saw a person matching the suspect’s description enter a gas station in the 200-block of Gorge Road West in Saanich. Moments later, the man fled from the gas station. He had just committed a third robbery where he obtained cash and cigarettes.
Several additional officers attended the scene, including a unit with the Integrated Canine Service. The man was arrested after he attempted to hide in his nearby vehicle. He was transported to VicPD cells where he was held in custody for breaching a conditional sentence order stemming from a June 2021 robbery conviction.
Officers believe that this suspect is responsible for a total of 10 robberies across Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, and Oak Bay over an eight-day period which began with a robbery in Oak Bay on October 26th. In addition to the Oak Bay incident, the suspect is believed to have committed five robberies in Victoria, one robbery in Esquimalt, and three robberies in Saanich. Three of the robberies in Victoria, as well as the robbery in Esquimalt, involved the use of a knife to threaten or intimidate employees. No one was physically injured in these incidents.
These files remain under investigation.
If you have information about any of these incidents, please call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654 and press 1 to speak with the Report Desk. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.