Robber armed with a knife eludes police

Armed robbery suspect at Thrifty
Armed robbery suspect at Thrifty's caught on video surveillance.
— image credit: submitted

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are seeking a suspect caught on video surveillance for an armed robbery at Thrifty Foods in Duncan Friday.

An older man with a knife in his hand came into the store and at about 3:15 p.m. He walked up to the counter, approached an employee and pushed an empty bag toward her, demanding cash.

"The employee remained calm and complied, having seen the knife and believing the man was serious,'' noted North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday in a press release. "The man quickly exited the store but not before his image was captured on video surveillance. The employee alerted other staff members and called 911.''

Police responded quickly and brought in the police service dog to assist. All avenues were exhausted at the scene and the suspect could not be located.

Thrifty Foods provided police with photos of the suspect. It is hoped the distribution of the photo would assist the RCMP in identifying the man responsible.

He's described as a Caucasian male, 55 to 60 years old, with grey hair and a slender build. He was wearing a Tilley hat, shorts and a short-sleeved shirt.

The man has the distinguishing characteristic of a tattoo on his upper right arm.

Anyone with information to help solve the case should contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522.


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