Guilty plea in Vernon syringe robbery

A man who threatened to rob a Vernon gas station with a syringe will stay in jail.

A man who threatened to rob a Vernon gas station with a syringe will stay in jail.

Jason Justin Johnson, 30, pleaded guilty in Vernon Provincial Court to one count of armed robbery.

He was sentenced to 42 months in jail, though he was given six months credit for time already served. Johnson was also given a lifetime firearms prohibition and must provide a DNA sample.

On Feb. 15, just before 10 p.m., the night clerk at the Blue Moon Esso on 34th Street called police to report a robbery.

A lone man entered the store, said it was a robbery, threatened the clerk with a syringe and demanded money from the register.

He left on foot.

Police checked out the store’s surveillance tapes and found a suspect matching the description of the robber a short time later near the Staples parking lot.