Two men charged following August 23 armed robbery in Cedar

Ladysmith RCMP report that two Vancouver Island men have been charged with robbery following a late-night robbery in Cedar Aug. 23.

A late-night armed robbery at the Chuckwagon Market in Cedar Friday, Aug. 23, resulted in charges being laid against two young Vancouver Island men.

Twenty-one-year-old Tyler James Wardrope of Langford has been charged with robbery and “flight from a peace officer,” reported Cpl. Tim Desaulniers of the Ladysmith RCMP, and Brent Lloyd Nogier, 20, of Nanaimo has been charged with robbery and “disguise with intent.”

A 45-year-old Nanaimo man involved in the incident has not been charged, Desaulnier added.

Nogier allegedly entered the Chuckwagon Market at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 23, demanding cash from the clerk as he brandished a knife. The clerk recognized Nogier and spoke to him, causing him to flee the store on foot, Desaulnier reported.

Police responded minutes later, spotting “a suspicious vehicle believed to be related to the robbery in the parking lot.”

The vehicle sped off, pursued briefly by police who were “unable to safely catch up,” Desaulnier reported.

Two hours after police abandoned their pursuit of the suspect vehicle, it was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Nanaimo. Wardrope and a 45-year-old Nanaimo man were taken into custody near the scene of the accident, Desaulnier reported, but Nogier managed to evade police.

A warrant was requested and Nogier was later found and arrested, Desaulnier added.

Wardrope and Nogier remain in custody pending their next court appearances.