North Van Mounties still hunting for grocery store bandit
Since recently releasing surveillance footage of his latest grocery store heist, North Vancouver RCMP have received several tips about a gun-brandishing suspect alleged to have been involved in a string of robberies.
But the tips haven't led to a positive ID.
"Somebody has to know this guy — the [latest video footage] is quite revealing," North Van RCMP Cpl. Richard De Jong said on Thursday.
"We're concerned for the public's safety because of [his] continued use of a sidearm."
The most recent robbery occurred on Oct. 27 at a grocery store in Burnaby. Prior to that, police say the alleged suspect struck four times from March to May, once in West Vancouver, twice in North Vancouver and once in Vancouver — all at grocery stores.
In the surveillance video footage released last week, a heavy-set man wearing sunglasses and carrying a handgun is seen struggling with a staff member inside the store before rushing away.
Police are asking the public to view the video to see if they can identify the suspect.
He is described as a Caucasian male in his 50s or 60s, approximately 5'10" and 200 pounds. Anyone with any information is asked to call the North Vancouver RCMP and speak to either Cpl. Gord Reid at 604-969-7515 or Cst. Tyler Wickware at 604-969-7517 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).