Chilliwack RCMP chase down double-robbery suspect

Barry Thomas Grant was allegedly a busy man Oct. 8, accused of robbing two Sardis-area businesses.

Thirty five year old Barry Thomas Grant is in police custody, charged with allegedly carrying out a crime spree in Sardis last month.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, RCMP received a report of a business being robbed in the 7500 block of Vedder Road. Police were told a man carrying a hatchet allegedly took merchandise without paying. As officers looked for the suspect a second call came in from the 5600 block of Teskey Way. This time, employees said a man carrying a baton came into the store and allegedly threatened to shoot them, escaping with cash and the store’s money box.

He drove off in an older-model car.

Following a series of leads, officers found the man around 10:15 p.m. in the 4100 block of Columbia Valley Road.

The immediate response of our officers was a key element in locating and arresting the suspect,” said RCMP Cpl. Mike Rail.

Grant now faces charges of robbery, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, willfully resisting a peace officer, operating a motor vehicle while disqualified and breach of recognizance. He’ll remain in custody pending a court appearance in December.

Police reminds everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).