Enderby gas station robbery suspect in custody

Enderby gas station attendant plays a role in catching alleged armed robbery suspect.

Keeping his calm after being robbed at knifepoint, an Enderby gas station attendant helped play a role in catching the alleged suspect.

Just after 8 p.m. Sunday, a lone man entered the Shell Gas Bar in the700 block of George Street, approached the counter and asked the clerk for a package of cigarettes.

“When the clerk opened the cash register, the man brandished a large knife and demanded money,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

As the clerk ran to the back of the store, the suspect grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and left the premises.

After he had gone, the clerk followed him outside the store and saw the man get into the passenger side of a black Dodge pickup.

The clerk called RCMP and gave police a description of the suspect plus the licence plate number of the vehicle.

“Officers followed up on the plate and located the owner of the vehicle, who said he had loaned the truck to a friend,” said Molendyk.

The friend was located at a home in Enderby, as was a man matching the description of the suspect. He was quietly arrested and taken into custody.

Police recovered what they believe is the knife used by the suspect in the back of the pickup.

A 33-year-old man from Sexsmith, Alta. was to appear in Salmon Arm Provincial Court Monday to face a charge of armed robbery in connection with the incident.