Nanaimo RCMP catch suspect in Husky gas station robbery

NANAIMO – A 28-year-old man was arrested in connection with the event.

A 28-year-old man was arrested on the weekend following a gas station robbery in north Nanaimo.

Police responded to a 911 call at about 6:45 a.m. Sunday from an employee of the Husky gas station at 5800 Turner Rd. after a man wearing a mask and dressed in camouflage clothing demanded the clerk hand over money from the cash register.

An undisclosed amount of cash was handed over and the suspect left. Police said no weapon was produced.

A police dog picked up a trail for only a short distance, but about 30 minutes later police stopped a van with a man and woman in it near McGirr and Hammond Bay roads. Mounties arrested the man driving the vehicle, but released the woman without charges.

Police are searching the vehicle for evidence and are recommending a charge of robbery against the suspect, who was released on a promise to appear in Nanaimo provincial court Feb. 23.