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Police warn public to be alert on heels of robberies

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:41 PDT, Tue July 16, 2019

Richmond RCMP are warning the public to be observant following a trio of recent thefts.

Richmond RCMP are warning the public to be observant following a trio of recent thefts.

Occurring between July 3 and 9, the robberies all occurred in the downtown corridor of Richmond during the afternoon or evening hours. Police say the victims were walking when they had either a cell phone, purse or satchel grabbed from their hands by a male suspect riding a bike.

Richmond RCMP are also investigating two robberies and one attempted robbery where victims had recently withdrawn funds from ATM machines. These crimes were also in the afternoon or early evening hours between June 30 and July 5 near the TD Canada Trust at 8500 No. 3 Rd., the RBC at 10111 No. 3 Rd., and the CIBC at 8751 No. 1 Rd. The suspect in these robberies is described as a heavy set Caucasian male in his late 20s or early 30s, about six-feet tall, with dark short hair.

“We have several teams of officers from our General Investigation Section working these cases. We would like to remind the community to be especially vigilant and pay close attention to your surroundings,” says Cpl. Dennis Hwang. “If walking alone, do periodic checks around you and keep your attention focused. If you are carrying a purse or satchel, placing it central to your body makes it harder to dislodge from your shoulder. When departing any financial institution, currency exchange or ATM, be cautious and secure any withdrawals out of sight prior departing. In one of the incidents, the attempted robbery was thwarted by screaming and making a lot of commotion which was overheard by bystanders.”

Richmond RCMP are asking anyone with potential information on these crimes to call 604-278-1212 or email Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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