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Man facing charges after alleged robbery at Mission fast food restaurant

Mission RCMP say man threatened employees and stole cash from register before fleeing
Mission RCMP received 287 calls for service from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, including a robbery at a fast food restaurant, a road rage incident involving bear spray and wire theft. /Mission RCMP Photo

A man is facing charges after an incident at a fast food restaurant near the Lougheed Highway and Cedar Valley Connector Mission last week.

According to Mission RCMP’s weekly “Community Connection”, a man walked behind the counter of the restaurant and used a metal rod to pry open the cash register at roughly 9 :40 p.m on Friday (Feb. 2). The man allegedly said he had a gun and threatened staff.

Employees called police after the man ran from the restaurant with cash. Mounties found him nearby with the help of a police dog and took him into custody after he initially ran.

Mission RCMP recovered the stolen money and found “a number of credit cards in other peoples’ names” as well.

Police determined the man had outstanding warrants from both the Mission and the North Cowichan detachments and he is now facing charges including robbery and uttering threats.

The robbery was one of 287 calls for service for the Mission RCMP from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4.

Officers also responded to a road rage incident on Jan. 30 where a driver allegedly threatened another with bear spray.

Police say the driver of a large pickup truck was reportedly speeding and cut off a second driver on Lougheed Highway near Silverdale. The second driver flashed his high beams and the first driver offered up a middle finger.

Mission RCMP say the second driver followed the truck to a business in Mission to discover what the driver’s problem was.

“The pickup driver responded by using some choice words, then he removed a canister of bear spray from his vehicle,” Mission RCMP said.

The second driver then drove away and called police.

“Motorists who find themselves in such a situation are encouraged to take a deep breath and avoid confrontation,” the detachment advises.

“Call police if needed, but please avoid any of the following: yelling, gesturing, excessive use of your high beams, excessive use of your horn, belting out various expletives, tailgating, brake-checking, coal-rolling, giving the stink eye, giving the crook eye, or giving the evil eye. Go home and just leave it alone. You never know how the other driver is going to react.”

Mission RCMP officers are investigating wire thieves after discovering a dumping ground in the area of Townshipline Avenue and Clay Street. /Mission RCMP Photo

Meanwhile, Mission RCMP is also investigating wire thieves after discovering a dumping ground near Townshipline Avenue and Clay Street.

Police say a resident noticed a large amount of insulation that had been stripped from lengths of wire while walking through his property. A security safe had also been discarded in the area.

Anyone with information about wire theft in the region is asked to call Mission RCMP at 604-826-7161.

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