A St. John's man made his first court appearance in provincial court on Saturday, after police arrested and charged him with two armed robberies.

William Macaulay, 42, has six charges against him stemming from two separate armed robberies that occurred within the same week.

On Sept. 29, it is alleged that Macaulay entered an Esso service station on Newfoundland Drive and demanded cash.

Police said that he got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Then on Friday evening, police said Macaulay held up Family Drug Mart on Portugal Cove Road, just across the street from the gas station that was previously robbed.

He is accused of using a knife and demanding narcotics.

Police arrived at the pharmacy shortly before 6:00 p.m. and arrested Macaulay without incident at the scene.

In both cases, the accused is said to have used a knife and wore a mask.

Macaulay was sent for a psychiatric assessment on Saturday. He is scheduled to be back in provincial court on Monday.

Criminal history

In 2008, Macaulay was sentenced to six years for an attempted armed robbery at a downtown St. John's convenience store.

Macaulay, who was 36 at the time, entered Queen's Road Convenience with his face covered, wielding a knife.

At the time, the Crown argued that he posed a danger to the public.

The court was told that Macaulay had suffered from mental illness his whole life and struggled with a drug addiction.