Gas station robbed

Castlegar RCMP are searching for a male suspect after the Mohawk gas station on Columbia Avenue was robbed Sunday night.
A man entered the gas station just after 9 p.m. covering his face with a scarf, Sgt. Laurel Mathew said.
“The employee asked the male to remove the face covering, but instead the suspect handed the employee a note,” Mathew said. “At that point, the employee realized what was happening and fled out of the gas station, where he asked a passerby to use his cell phone to call 911.”

  • Feb. 28, 2011 4:00 p.m.
The Mohawk gas station on Columbia Avenue was targeted by a thief on Sunday evening.

The Mohawk gas station on Columbia Avenue was targeted by a thief on Sunday evening.

Castlegar RCMP are searching for a male suspect after the Mohawk gas station on Columbia Avenue was robbed Sunday night.A man entered the gas station just after 9 p.m. covering his face with a scarf, Sgt. Laurel Mathew said.“The employee asked the male to remove the face covering, but instead the suspect handed the employee a note,” Mathew said. “At that point, the employee realized what was happening and fled out of the gas station, where he asked a passerby to use his cell phone to call 911.”Mathew said another witness outside the store chased the suspect, but backed off after the suspect threatened him and showed him what appeared to be a handgun.

The suspect fled through the back door of the store with an undisclosed amount of money, Mathew said, and he is thought to have a left in a vehicle but this isn’t confirmed.

The suspect is described as 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 in height. He was wearing a grey puffy jacket, black scarf around his face, black baseball cap, large sunglasses, dark pants, white running shoes and was carrying a large black duffel bag.

“Police are asking that if anyone was in the area last night around the time of this occurrence and saw something out of the ordinary to contact the Castlegar RCMP,” Mathew said.

The Castlegar RCMP can be contacted at 250-365-7721.