Armed robbers on the loose after pair of West Van attempted robberies
West Vancouver police are asking for the public’s help in solving two attempted armed robberies over 10 days in Horseshoe Bay.
The first happened at approximately 11 p.m. on May 18 in the parking lot of Troll’s Restaurant when a female employee was approached from behind while leaving the building. The suspect was carrying a black object believed to be a gun, according to a West Van police press release.
The suspect took the victim’s phone and then asked her whether there was cash inside the restaurant. Inexplicably, the would-be robber then walked the victim down a lane, returning her phone and then fled the area without obtaining any money.
The suspect was wearing a balaclava and is described as approximately 6’ 4” and 240 pounds.
The second incident was just before 10 p.m. on May 28 at the BC Ferries builidng in the 6700 block of Keith Road.
A BC Ferries employee was checking on reports of a suspicious man prowling the area when the ferries worker was confronted outside by the suspect who brandished what appeared to be a handgun and ordered the employee back into the building.
There, the suspect demanded cash but there was none on site. The suspect then fled and all attempts to locate him by police were unsuccessful.
The suspect was wearing a beige shirt, blue jeans, gloves, ski mask and backpack and is described as 6 feet tall and stocky.
West Van police said the man was also carrying a knife.
Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to call the WVPD at 604-925-7300.