Suspect Arrested in Smithers Convenience Store Robbery

A man appeared in court in Smithers Friday, charged with last week's armed robbery at the Esso Gas Bar and 7-Eleven Convenience Store on Highway 16.

The suspect was arrested at a home in Smithers Thursday.

At around 3:45am on Monday of last week, a man brandishing a kitchen knife entered the store and demanded cash.

The clerk fled to a safe place and dialed 911, while the suspect -- whose face was covered -- made off with the entire countertop display tray of lottery tickets, along with a small donation box.

Police managed to recover the knife and the empty display tray near Heritage Park -- and, thanks to help from another local Smithers merchant, were able to identify a suspect.

Criminal charges, including robbery, are being recommended to crown counsel.