A teenager has been arrested in connection with a robbery on Monday that led to a lockdown at Esquimalt High School.
The high school was placed on a lockdown at around 12 p.m. after Victoria police received a report of a robbery in the 800-block of Colville Road. The lockdown was lifted around 1:20 p.m. but the suspect had not been found at that time.
Victoria police officers searched the school shortly after the robbery and confirmed the suspect was not in the building.
On Thursday, police said a 16-year-old suspect in the robbery had been taken into custody. According to police, the teenager is not a student at the high school. They did not release any further information.
The robbery was originally reported to have occurred at the high school but an investigation later revealed that it happened in close proximity to the high school.
Police later said the suspect was armed with a knife when he stole a girl’s backpack at a nearby street.
The girl was not injured and she reported the theft to school officials.
During the incident, Victoria West Elementary School was placed in a hold-and secure-mode as a precaution.