A West Kelowna man accused of committing three robberies last November has pleaded guilty.
Court records show that Richard Charles Werner, 37, pleaded guilty in a Kelowna courtroom Monday to three counts of robbery and two counts of disguising his face with the intent to commit an offence.
Last month, he had been ordered to stand trial following a preliminary hearing and his case had been sent to Supreme Court to set a date for trial. Instead, he chose to go back to provincial court and pleaded guilty to the offences, court documents show.
Werner was arrested on Nov. 20,2012, after West Kelowna RCMP received a report of a robbery that had occurred at The Wine Store, located at 2130 Louie Drive.
Police say they had already been tracking him because of earlier robberies in the area and were able to quickly nab him after the heist.
“As a result of surveillance on the suspect, RCMP members were already on scene when this last robbery took place and the suspect was quickly arrested after a short foot pursuit,” said Const. Kris Clark last November.
Werner was charged in connection with the robbery at The Wine Store, as well as robberies that occurred on Nov. 13 and Nov. 15, 2012. The location of those robberies is not disclosed in court documents.
Werner remains in custody and is scheduled to return to court Aug. 30.
By Cheryl Wierda, Capital News contributor