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Duncan gas station clerk assaulted during robbery

Police are investigating a pair of robberies they believe are connected.

The first happened on Valentine's Day shortly before 10 p.m. at the Liquor Plus store at the Duncan Village.

"A Caucasian male, in his mid- to late-30s, wearing a white Canucks baseball cap, black/grey jacket, white T-shirt and jeans, had brought some goods up to the counter, but was unable to pay for them," Cpl. Kevin Day, spokesman at the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said in an email to media.

"Upon exiting, the door alarm sensors were set off. Staff then realized that the male had made off with a bottle of Hennessy (cognac) valued at $65.99."

The man who left with the alcohol was in the company of another man. Both left on foot, and police were unable to locate them.

Meanwhile, at 1 p.m. the following day (Feb. 15) local Mounties were called a robbery at the Duncan Chevron gas station.

"Two males entered the store. One jumped up on the counter, punched the clerk and then stole money from the till," Day said. "Police Dog Services attended and a search was conducted, however, police were unable to locate the males."

Police believe the same two men are responsible for both the liquor store and gas station thefts, and continue to investigate the crimes.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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