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Richmond RCMP investigating series of City Centre robberies

The suspect's actions 'have caused a sense of helplessness and fear in our community,' RCMP say
Robbery suspect
Richmond RCMP are asking for the public's help in identifying this suspect in a series of robberies in City Centre.

Mounties in Richmond are appealing for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a series of robberies in City Centre last weekend.

“Right now, we need the public’s help in identifying this man so we can prevent further robberies like these from occurring,” said Richmond RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Ian Henderson, in a statement.

“His actions have caused a sense of helplessness and fear in our community, and we need the public’s help to address it.”

Police began receiving reports around 5 p.m. last Saturday (Jan. 15) that a man was entering businesses in and around Richmond Centre mall and demanding money.

According to Richmond RCMP, the suspect made off with some cash after he allegedly produced a weapon in at least one case.

“Our frontline investigators encountered a number of employees at several different locations who were visible shaken after their interaction with the suspect,” said Henderson.

“Fortunately, no one was physically harmed, and our Victim Services personnel have been engaged.”

The investigation is in early stages, but police are looking into whether the same suspect was involved in two similar events reported in Vancouver later that evening, according to Richmond Mounties.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male aged 25 to 30. He is approximately five feet seven inches to five feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build, pot belly and black beard.

He was wearing a black baseball cap with a yellow-coloured logo on it, a navy or black coloured puffy jacket, a white t-shirt with a cartoon figure on it, black pants, and black shoes.

Anyone who may have information that may help identify this suspect is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, quoting file number 2022-1325.

To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers at 604-222-8477.