Police release Vernon robbery suspect photo
Vernon RCMP have released video surveillance photos of a robbery suspect in hopes the public can help identify him.
The suspect entered Quality Greens in the 4800 block of Anderson Way Nov. 30 at closing time, 7 p.m., produced a bag on the counter and told the clerk to give him the cash.
Police said he also opened his jacket and showed the clerk what appeared to be the handle of a gun.
“The images are a bit grainy in showing the facial features but we’re hoping somebody knows something about the clothes he was wearing,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
As the suspect fled, an employee of the store chased after him, caught him but was hit on the head by the suspect, who fled on foot northbound on Anderson Way. The employee suffered a minor injury.
The suspect was described as a Caucasian man, mid-20s, clean-shaven, wearing a red or orange jacket with black sleeves and black on the shoulders, lighter blue jeans, black toque and gloves.
Anybody with any information on the suspect can call the Vernon detachment at 250-545-7171, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip on the local Crime Stoppers’ website, www.nokscrimestoppers.com.
The robbery was one of four attempted on the same night.
There were robbery attempts made in Enderby, at Enderby Jewellers, and in Armstrong at the Anchor Inn Liquor Store. Police are still trying to see if those two robberies may be connected.
“There are photos available from those robbery attempts but police do not wish to taint potential witnesses, so they are not being released,” said Molendyk.
A lone man also tried to hold up the Pizza Factory on 43rd Avenue but was chased off by the knife-wielding owner of the store.
Molendyk said they had no leads in that case.