A Barriere Esso station clerk was shaken but unharmed after a man wearing a disguise and brandishing a shotgun robbed his store of an undisclosed amount of money Thursday night.
RCMP found the suspect’s vehicle about three hours later, a blue Ford Escort, and arrested an 18-year-old man said Staff Sgt. Doug Aird.
The suspect, a Kamloops area man, spent the night in City cells and was not known to police. He was set to appear before a justice of the peace Friday.
The robbery occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Barriere RCMP called in the Kamloops Rural detachment after the suspect was reported heading south toward Kamloops.
Five rural members including a police dog unit headed toward Barriere on Highway 5, but did not see the Escort anywhere en route.
Three hours later, officers were checking side roads and patrolling along the highway. One officer saw the Ford on Puett Ranch Road in Rayleigh.
The driver was stopped by police and taken into custody without incident.
Police seized the car and took evidence, including a firearm. The investigation against the man, who is in custody, is continuing with the possibility of charges of robbery, pointing a firearm and robbery with a disguise.
Jesse Kenneth Pete has been charged with robbery using a prohibited weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, and having a face masked with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Pete remains in custody until his court appearance Monday in Kamloops.