(Delta Police Department photo)

Mission man charged following after-hours robbery in North Delta

Michael Douglas O’Brien, 38, allegedly hid until closing then threatened staff and stole a number of items

A Mission man is facing robbery and assault charges after allegedly hiding in a North Delta department store and stealing a number of items after the store closed.

Michael Douglas O’Brien, 38, is facing six charges including robbery, breaking out, assaulting a peace officer, obstructing a police officer and failing to comply with probation orders. He is known to police, and is linked to a residence in North Delta.

According to a Delta Police Department press release, officers on Scott Road were flagged down by two store employees at 2:49 a.m. on Friday, May 23 and told the store had just been robbed.

Police say they believe the suspect remained in the store past closing and broke out after being confronted by staff members. He then allegedly brandished a knife and threatened the employees before leaving with a cart full of merchandise.

DPD officers immediately began searching for the man after being told which way he fled. The man allegedly ran upon spotting police, but after a brief chase officers were able to arrest the suspect. Police also located the stolen items and returned them to the store.

“Our officers were definitely at the right place at the right time for this incident,” acknowledged DPD public affairs manager Cris Leykauf in a press release. “The store employees thankfully were not physically hurt, and they were able to provide a very timely update to the officers of which direction the suspect had headed.”

O’Brien is currently in custody and scheduled to appear in Surrey court on June 7.



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Cineplex to show free holiday movies to support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Community Day will be on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m at select theatres

Mission Christmas Bureau accepting applications and donations

More than 77 children have already been registered and another 500 are expected this holiday season

Bomb threat at Mission school not credible says superintendent

West Heights Community Elementary School struck by vandals over the long weekend

SLIDESHOW: Remembrance Day ceremony in Abbotsford

Over 4,000 people attended the ceremony in Thunderbird Square

‘We love you, Alex!’: Trebek gets choked up by ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s answer

The emotional moment came in Monday’s episode when Trebek read Dhruv Gaur’s final answer

Birthday boy: Pettersson nets 2 as Canucks beat Predators

Vancouver ends four-game winless skid with 5-3 victory over Nashville

Judge rejects Terrace man’s claim that someone else downloaded child porn on his phone

Marcus John Paquette argued that other people had used his phone, including his ex-wife

Petition for free hospital parking presented to MP Jody Wilson-Raybould

What started as a B.C. campaign became a national issue, organizer said

Bargaining to resume in Metro Vancouver transit strike as bus driver overtime ban looms

Both sides might be headed back to the table to prevent new overtime ban

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

B.C.’s high gasoline prices still a mystery, Premier John Horgan says

NDP plans legislation this month, seeks action from Justin Trudeau

Group walking on thin ice at B.C. lake sparks warning from RCMP

At least seven people were spotted on Joffre Lakes, although the ice is not thick enough to be walked on

VIDEO: Don Cherry says he was fired, not sorry for ‘Coach’s Corner’ poppy rant

Cherry denies he was singling out visible minorities with his comments

Most Read