Police Beat – February 26, 2014

Brazen attempted robbery frightens food market staff

  • Feb. 26, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Early Monday morning the police were called to Village Food Markets to respond to an attempted robbery. A 15-year-old lone male went into the grocery store and, wielding a hatchet, demanded cash. When the cashier asked him to reiterate, the male hit the cash register with the hatchet and left the building without any money. He was followed by staff who kept a safe distance. After getting rid of the hatchet by throwing it into the window of another office building within minutes of leaving Village Market, the young man was arrested and charged with robbery, mischief and possession of a weapon. He is known to police. Staff Sargent Steve Wright emphasized that crimes like this are very rare to Sooke.

• On the evening of Friday, Feb. 21 at around 5:45, three people were being followed on the board walk and contacted the police. Three people, including a 20-year-old from Sidney, were arrested following a pursuit using police dogs. That person is still being held in custody. The other two, one from Sidney and another from Saanich, were also charged and released on a Promise to Appear. Drugs and alcohol were involved.

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