Armed thief steals cash from Shoppers

Walked up to counter, produced weapon, demanded cash, got away

  • Feb. 1, 2012 7:00 a.m.

Cash was stolen Monday evening during an armed robbery at a Maple Ridge store.

The theft took place just before 6:30 p.m. at Shoppers Drug Mart in Westgate Centre.

Police said a man approached a cashier, produced a weapon and demanded cash.

He was given an undisclosed amount of money before he walked out of the store.

The man was last seen walking east in a lane north of the store.

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid 40s, 5-9, weighing 165 to 180 pounds. He had grey sideburns and was wearing a light green jacket, blue jeans, brown shoes, a black or dark blue toque and sunglasses.

Blackberry bandit

Police are looking for a man who assaulted a teenager before stealing his phone Sunday in Maple Ridge.

The boy was waiting for a bus on Dewdney Trunk Road near 222nd Street when he was approached by a man just before 9 p.m.

The man asked the teen if he could use his Blackberry.

The teenager replied “no” and was punched in the face before the man stole his phone.

The suspect ran towards 222nd Street after taking the cell phone, but police patrols of the area failed to locate him.

The thief is described as a white man between 30 to 35 years old, 5-4 with a stocky build. He was wearing a brown jacket, black sweat pants and a black toque.


School break-in

Ridge Meadows RCMP are investigating a break and enter to Highland Park Elementary School in Pitt Meadows.

The school’s security camera shows the break-in happened around 4:40 a.m. Monday.

A classroom window on the north side of the school was smashed and the thieves were able to reach in and open a door.

Police said the school has yet to determine if anything was stolen.

A police dog was unable to locate any suspects.