Armed robber gets robbed


2022-10-14 13:17 PDT

File # 2022-36275

A 27-year-old woman, who allegedly robbed a local gas bar with a toy gun ended up becoming a victim herself when a wannabe thief made off with her ill-gotten gains. The incident occurred at approximately 11 AM on Thursday October 13, 2022, at the Co-op gas station located at 60 Victoria Crescent. Karlee Pelletier was held in custody and later formally charged with several firearm related offences.

Police responded and while enroute were provided a description of the suspect. Officers were told that the suspect had pointed a gun at the clerk, demanded money from the till, then fled into the parking lot with an undisclosed amount of cash that was stuffed into a backpack.

An officer was quickly on scene and located the suspect still in the parking lot, and holding a small snub-nosed pistol. After being told to drop the pistol and backpack, the officer noted that the pistol was nothing more than a plastic toy. The woman was arrested and escorted to the officer’s police vehicle. After securing her in his vehicle parked just a short distance away, an unknown person seized the opportunity and made off with the unattended backpack.

The officer noticed and gave chase locating the backpack thief just a short distance away. The individual, a 30 year old man, was arrested without incident and turned over the backpack. This individual was released with charges are pending. The money was then turned over to the gas station.

Pelletier was held overnight in police custody and on Friday October 14, 2022 appeared in Nanaimo Provincial Court and was formally charged with Robbery with an Imitation Firearm, Robbery, and Disguise with Intent. Following her court appearance she was remanded into custody to await her next appearance set for Thursday October 2o, 2022. Victim Services were requested and are actively assisting the employees of the business.

We have seen a lot of weird things but we don’t often see the robber end up being robbed.We’re just thankful the situation ended quickly and that the stolen money was recovered and returned, a said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

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Cst. Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-4460 Ext. 4533
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238


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