Police descended on Horsham town centre as they investigated reports of a robbery in The Forum.
Officers said they were called to the shopping quarter after a bike was robbed from a stairwell of Swan Walk car park.
Whilst attending the incident a 21-year-old was arrested.
Police said Thomas Griffiths was charged with possession with intent to supply a class B drug (cannabis), possession of a bladed article in a public place and acquire, use or possession of criminal property.
He was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court on December 14.
The incident took place just after 6.10pm on Wednesday (November 14).
Officers added they were still investigating the robbery of the bike and are appealing for witnesses.
Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101 quoting reference 1215 of 14/11.
Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.