Bear mace used in downtown New Westminster robbery

THE New Westminster Police Department is seeking witnesses to an alleged robbery involving bear mace that occurred in the downtown neighbourhood of New Westminster.

The call for help came on December 16 at approximately 10:15 a.m. in the 800-block of Carnarvon Street. The suspect allegedly doused a staff member with bear mace as he robbed the store. Police searched the area for anyone matching the suspect description, however, no suspect could be located.

Police believe there may have been witnesses who saw this suspect flee and who have yet to speak to investigators. The suspect is described as a white man between 30 and 50 years of age, standing approximately 5’6” tall, wearing a dark grey jacket with a black vest, and carrying a blue bag.

“This is the second time within four months that staff at this store have been assaulted during a robbery,” said Sgt. Sanjay Kumar. “Four months ago we were successful in identifying and arresting a suspect, now we’re asking for help in bringing this second person before the courts.”

Anyone who has information on the armed robbery is asked to contact the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411.