One man is in custody following a series of robberies at a Saanich gas station – including two in a mere matter of hours – over a span of four days last week.
The Parkdale Shell station, on Saanich Road and Douglas Street, was robbed Monday night, Thursday morning and again Thursday afternoon. In each incident, a man entered the store, demanded money and fled on foot. No weapon was ever produced and no force was used.
A tip from a witness following the last robbery led Saanich and Victoria police officers to the Traveller's Inn in the 3000-block of Douglas St.
Two men and one woman were arrested, but only one man was held and charged.
Curtis Dale Barszczewski, a 34-year-old Langford resident, faces three counts of robbery, one count of disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence, and one count of fraud.
Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen said investigators are now working with Victoria police in an attempt to connect these three incidents with similar robberies in Victoria.