Teens arrested on bus in Esquimalt after cigarettes pinched

Two youth taken into custody and will face robbery charges

The ill effects of cigarettes were hammered home to an Esquimalt man Friday night (May 11) after his carton of smokes was stolen by two teens.

He was walking home near Memorial Park in the 1100-block of Esquimalt Rd. around 7:30 p.m. when another man approached and threatened to hurt him if he didn’t hand over the cigarettes.

The victim did as he was told then alerted police that the suspect was getting away on a B.C. Transit bus.

Police pulled over the vehicle on Esquimalt Road and arrested a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, who was carrying a cigarette carton.

The suspects, both known to Victoria police, face robbery charges. The girl was released on a promise to appear in court on June 5, and the man was taken into custody for a youth court appearance.

emccracken@vicnews.com