Fake gun used in jewellery store robbery

A Prince George man is facing charges in connection to an armed robbery at a jewellery store in the city on Saturday.

Just before 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, police received a report of a robbery at a jewellery store in Parkwood Mall, an RCMP press release said. A lone male suspect entered the store, produced what appeared to be a handgun and then fled on foot with a small amount of jewellery.

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Police officers, with the help of police dogs, tracked the suspect to a home on 17th Avenue, but the residence was vacant when police arrived.

At 1:30 p.m. the same day, police were called to a report of a theft suspect being held down by members of the public near Highway 16 and Range Road. Police arrived and found a male suspect carrying several clothing items which were confirmed to be stolen from a store on Walls Avenue two blocks away. The theft had not been initially reported to police.

Jordan Neil Shaw, 25, of Prince George was arrested without incident at the scene.

The investigation into the shoplifting led officers to believe Shaw was also responsible for the armed robbery, the RCMP press release said.

Shaw is facing charges of robbery, using an imitation firearm while committing an indictable offence, carrying a concealed weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace, disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence, theft under $5,000 and four counts of failing to comply with his probation order.

Shaw has a lengthy criminal history, including a break and enter at the Prince George Legion in 2014 and string of convictions in 2018 and 2019. He was remanded in custody and was expected to appear in court on Monday.

Anyone with information about these crimes, or any other, is asked to contact Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300. Tips can also be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.

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