Esso gas station robbed

A masked man made off with cash from a robbery of the Northfield Esso station Tuesday.

The incident happened about 5:15 a.m. when the culprit alluded to a weapon in his pocket. He demanded the lone clerk on duty give him money from the till and then fled.

A police dog tracked the suspect to the Mountain Vista Drive area, where police suspect he hopped into a vehicle.

The suspect was described as about 5' 10" with a medium build and wore a black ski mask, grey sweatshirt and grey sweatpants. No weapon was produced.

Police are looking for witnesses who might have seen a vehicle parked in an odd location or anything unusual around the time of the robbery.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

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