Gluten-free Maple Ridge bakery held up by thief

Cash stolen during robbery but no word on whether he got away with alot of bread

Cash was stolen during a robbery at a bakery in downtown Maple Ridge on Good Friday.

A man entered Zena’s Gluten Free Bakery on Dewdney Trunk Road at 1 p.m., pulled out a weapon and demanded the clerk open the till.

He stole cash from the register before running out the store.

He was last seen heading east from the bakery towards 224th Street.

A dog with the RCMP Lower Mainland District Police Dog Services was brought in, but was unable to track down a suspect.

The man is described as white and in his 30s. He was around 5-11 with a medium build and is described as “unathletic.” He was wearing a dark blue cargo style jacket, and had a white baseball hat with green lettering.

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Weekend in jail

A 41-year-old man spent the long weekend in jail after he tried to steal a package of cigarettes from a convenience store.

Police allege the man walked into the store on Lougheed Highway near 207th Street and walked out with a pack of cigarettes he did not pay for.

An employee of the store chased after the man and got into a fight with him  on 207th Street.

Sgt. Dale Somerville said two uniformed police officers were in the immediate vicinity and heard the commotion.

A witness advised the police officers about the alleged theft and pointed out the man who was attempting to walk away.

He was arrested and taken into custody, where officers found he was violating bail conditions imposed on him following an incident in Burnaby.

He was held in custody for a court appearance on Tuesday.


Purse returned

A senior citizen from Aldergrove was reunited with her lost purse on Monday.

The purse was turned in to Ridge Meadows RCMP around 9:30 a.m. and watch commander staff Sgt. Hector Lee managed to track down a phone number.

Police said the woman was elated at getting her purse and its contents back.


Drunk drivers

Six drunk drivers were taken off the road over the Easter long weekend in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

Ridge Meadows RCMP also nabbed seven other drivers for drinking and driving who were giving driving prohibitions which spanned from 12 hours to 90 days.

A total of 29 drivers were given tickets for a variety of Motor Vehicle Act offences.

“Long weekends are historically bad for serious car crashes in the Lower Mainland,” said Sgt. Dale Somerville, who heads Ridge Meadows traffic section.

“We’re happy to announce no such serious crashes occurred in either Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows this weekend.  Ridge Meadows RCMP remain committed to making our roads safe.  Expect random road checks in our communities.”

Police will also continue to enforce seat belt and distracted driver regulations.