A Nanaimo man who allegedly robbed three gas stations in the past 24 hours was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a city employee saw him on a bicycle.
Police said a City of Nanaimo employee who works for the RCMP detachment was heading out for a lunchtime run when saw the suspect on a bicycle. According to police, the employee believed the man matched the photos that were released by police earlier.
The employee immediately went back to the detachment to confirm the man was the robbery suspect. Police then went to the downtown core and arrested the suspect near Port Place Mall.
The 55-year-old man was wanted in connection with three robberies. The first robbery took place at 11 p.m. Tuesday night at the Chevron station in the 200-block of Terminal Avenue where witnesses told officers a man entered the store and demanded cash.
Then at 1 a.m. Wednesday, the Shell gas station in the 100-block of Nicol Street was robbed under similar circumstances when a man allegedly demanded cash and then left the store after receiving it.
The third robbery took place at 3:30 a.m. at the 7-11 in the 400-block of Terminal Ave.
An undisclosed amount of cash was taken during each robbery, police said. The same man is also suspected in the theft of tools Wednesday morning around 9 a.m. off the front yard of a home in the 1400-block of Waddington Avenue. The homeowner said a dark Volkswagen pulled into her driveway, then a man and a woman got out and allegedly took her tools before taking off in the same vehicle.
Police said the woman has not been identified. Anyone with information is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477.
The man who was arrested is in police custody. No charges have been formally sworn.