One man in custody after Duncan robberies
2021-01-05 14:39 PST
File # 2020-20109
Police have a man in custody after two robberies at Duncan businesses.
On December 29, 2020, at around 3:35 pm, police learned that a male had entered a gas station at Burkey’s Corner, presented a weapon to the staff, and demanded money. The male suspect left on foot, southbound on Cowichan Lake Road. Frontline officers and specialized units, including a police dog service team, attended the area immediately to make patrols. The suspect was not initially located.
On December 30, 2020, at around 7:35 am, police received a call of a similar event. A man entered a business on the Trans Canada Highway south of Duncan, showed a weapon to staff, and demanded money. Again, police attended the area immediately to ensure safety of the community and begin the investigation.
Thankfully, there were no injuries in either event. Victim services were offered as a resource to those involved. Witnesses were able to provide detailed descriptions and surveillance footage allowed police to see clothing and other details.
Within an hour of the second robbery, police arrested a man in relation to these incidents. Roy Spencer of Duncan made a first appearance at Duncan Provincial Court on December 31, 2020, and was held in custody. He is facing the following charges related to these two events:
- Two counts of robbery
- One count of assault with a weapon
- Two counts of disguise with intent
Police are still collecting evidence and information in order to strengthen the investigation. Anyone who witnessed either of these incidents is encouraged to contact North Cowichan Duncan RCMP. Police are also interested in reviewing dashcam / surveillance footage of the following areas:
- Cowichan Lake Road and surrounding area on December 29, 2020, between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm
- the area around Trans Canada Highway and Allenby Road on December 30, 2020, between 7:20 am and 8:00 am
Cst. Carlie McCannMedia Relations Officer
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP
6060 Canada Ave., Duncan, BC V9L 1V3
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