Castlegar police seek robbery suspect

Police are searching for a man who brandished a shotgun and demanded money at Paragon Pharmacy.

Police are searching for a robbery suspect in Castlegar.

According to a police press release, on Wednesday at approximately 11:15 a.m. a male entered the Paragon Pharmacy located at #117- 1983 Columbia Ave Castlegar and pulled out, what is described as shotgun, demanding money and prescription medication.

The employees acted appropriately by following the males directions and allowing him to leave with some medication and an undisclosed amount of cash. The male entered through the front of the store exiting via the rear door, which faces east.

The male is described as early 20’s, approximately  5′ 8″, slim build. At the time he was wearing a grey and dark blue winter coat, unknown length, dark colored pants, either sweats or jeans, wearing dark colored gloves, his face was covered with an unknown fabric or mask. No one was physically injured during the robbery.

Patrols of the community have failed to locate a suspect at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the Castlegar RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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The Trail and Greater District RCMP detachment is reminding citizens to make sure all vehicles are locked and secured as well as recreational vehicles like quads, boats and snow machines following an incident on Nov. 2.

In the early morning hours that day, police received a report of a stolen vehicle that had just occurred in East Trail.  Patrols were made immediately and the vehicle was located and the driver fled the vehicle on foot. The driver was not located but a male known to police was located in the area.

The male was arrested but later released and will be summoned to court pending further investigation. Some damage to private property was done by the vehicle and driver during the time it was stolen.