KELOWNA – The trial started Monday for a man accused of robbing three West Kelowna businesses in a span of less than 24 hours this past March.
Cody James Higgs, 22, is charged with eight separate offenses stemming from robberies at the Super 8 hotel, the Superstore and a Tim Hortons restaurant.
In each of the heists, the robber concealed his face and produced a flare gun to demand money.
The Crown doesn’t have any direct evidence, such as DNA and fingerprints, implicating Higgs but the prosecutor says he has a strong circumstantial case.
Some of the evidence is expected to come from the father of Higgs’ girlfriend.
Ray Garwood allegedly told police Higgs was the robber, revealed to investigators where a flare gun was hidden in bushes, and turned over clothing items that matched those worn by the suspect during the robbery.
In each heist, the robber fled with a few hundred dollars.
He also got several cartons of cigarettes from Superstore.
After his arrest, a pack of cigarettes allegedly seized from Higgs matched the brand taken during the robbery.