A Prince George man is facing several charges following an armed robbery at a jewellery store Saturday.
Police got the call about the robbery at the store, in the 1600-block of 15th Avenue, just before 10:30 a.m.
A lone male suspect entered the store, produced what appeared to be a handgun, and then fled on foot with a small amount of jewellery, according to police.
Officers, including a police dog services team, attended the area to search for the suspect who was tracked to a known residence on 17th Avenue, however the residence was vacant when police arrived.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. the same day, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a theft suspect being held down by members of the public near Highway 16 and Range Road. Officers attended and found a man in possession of a number of clothing items that were confirmed to have been stolen from a local retail store on Walls Avenue, about two blocks away. The man was arrested without further incident. The theft was not initially reported.
The investigations have led officers to believe that the suspect for the shoplifting was the same person responsible for the armed robbery.
In relation to these two incidents, the BC Prosecution Service has approved the following Criminal Code charges against 25-year-old Jordan Neil Shaw of Prince George:
- Using an imitation firearm while committing an indictable offence
- Disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence
- Possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace (two counts)
- Fail to comply with probation (four counts)
- Theft under $5,000
- Carry a concealed weapon
Shaw was remanded in custody and will appear in court later today.
If you have any information about this serious Criminal offence or any other, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.