Surrey RCMP seeks public assistance in convenience store robbery

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SURREY RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect involved in a convenience store robbery that occurred almost one month ago.

Police have released video surveillance footage from the incident in the hopes of identifying the suspect.

On November 23 at about 4:30 p.m., a male suspect entered a convenience store in the 12000-block of 99th Avenue in Surrey. He browsed the aisles until other customers left the store and then selected a bag of chips. He approached the checkout counter and rushed behind it pushing the two employees to the ground, breaking one of the employees’ nose in the process. He then uttered threats at the other employee and proceeded to stuff cigarette packages into a plastic bag. Unprovoked, he then assaulted the first employee again by kicking her and demanding cash from the register. The suspect fled from the store with an undisclosed amount of money and a few packs of cigarettes.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 20-30 years old, slim build, approximately 5’8” tall, and wearing dark pants and a dark hoodie with the word “Brooklyn” written on it in gold writing.

The two female employees, aged 51 and 57 years old, are recovering from their injuries. However, they are obviously still shaken up by the experience.

“While this is an isolated act and we are thankful the victims were not seriously injured, it is nonetheless a despicable act on two people from our community who were just doing their job,” says Surrey RCMP Corporal Bert Paquet. “The level of unprovoked violence is concerning and we owe it to the victims and other business to ensure that we are doing everything possible to locate and arrest this individual. We are hoping this video will trigger a tip or information leading to his arrest.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file # 2013-155477, or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. For information on workplace and business safety, visit the Protect Yourself section of the Surrey RCMP’s website.