NORTH Vancouver RCMP are warning the public about a string of knife-point robberies, and are seeking assistance in identifying the person responsible.
Police believe the suspect, who is described as light-skinned, in his early- to mid-twenties, and around 5’5 to 5’10 tall, may be responsible for eight robberies between April 3 and April 11.
“He wears a mask over the lower half of his face and a hood over his head, presents a knife, demands cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes, and then leaves on foot,” said Sgt. Peter DeVries on Wednesday. He noted that the similar modus operandi leads investigators to believe the same suspect may be responsible for all eight crimes.
“He seems to be targeting gas stations, convenience stores, and fast food restaurants, so we’re warning those businesses in particular,” said DeVries.
“Five of these robberies happened within the first three days. As soon as our crime analysts alerted us to the recurring pattern, we mobilized resources and set in motion various strategies to identify and hopefully capture him.”
After those first couple of days, the frequency began to taper off. Investigators hoped this was due to stepped up uniform patrols and follow up investigations.
“He slowed down, but it appears he’s not stopping. That’s why today we’re warning local businesses, and asking for the community’s help to identify him. Keeping the community safe is our first priority,” said DeVries.
The most recent robbery happened on April 11, at a fast food restaurant in Lower Lonsdale.
“North Vancouver is a tight-knit community,” said DeVries. “People here look out for one another, so we feel confident that working together we will be able to stop him.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Crime Unit at 604-985-1311. Anyone who is a victim of a robbery is asked to immediately call 911.