Man charged after robbery allegedly carried out at local convenience store


2021-04-12 14:18 PDT

File # 2021-1184

Criminal charges have now been approved by the BC Prosecution Service against a Castlegar man accused of robbing a local convenience store Sunday evening.

On April 11, 2021 shortly after 10:00 p.m., front line RCMP officers responded to a report of a robbery just committed at the 7-Eleven convenience store situated in the 1900-block of Columbia Avenue in Castlegar. Police were told that that suspect, who had previously been identified as a shoplifter, re-entered the business after being told by staff he was not welcome.

Instead of leaving the store as requested, the suspect allegedly walked behind the counter and confronted the employees with a knife and demanded money, states Sgt. Monty Taylor, Detachment Commander for the Castlegar RCMP Detachment. The suspect obtained a small undisclosed amount of currency and fled the store on foot.

Castlegar RCMP attended and located a man, matching the suspect’s description, a short distance away. Upon the man’s arrest police recovered suspected stolen merchandise, cash and seized a knife.

Jonathan O’Rourke, a 29-year-old Castlegar man, has been formally charged with robbery and theft under $5,000. He appeared before the provincial courts on April 12, 2021. He was released from custody on bail conditions to abide by while awaiting his next scheduled court appearance in Castlegar Provincial Court on May 5, 2021.

If anyone has any additional information related to this police investigation they are asked to contact the Castlegar RCMP at 250-365-7721.

Released by:
Sgt. Monty Taylor
Detachment Commander
Castlegar RCMP

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-491-2381


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