Alberni police hunt ATM robber
Port Alberni RCMP are on the lookout for a male suspect who robbed a man after he used an ATM machine.
On the early morning of Oct. 5, a 19-year-old man had just withdrawn cash at the bank machine machine in the upper Third Avenue area.
The man was approached by a First Nations male as he walked towards his parked car. The male inferred that he had a weapon and the victim gave up the cash. The suspect then fled south on Third Avenue on foot.
Police are looking for the suspect, who is described as a skinny built Aboriginal male who stands between five-foot-eight and five-foot-ten, has short dark hair and sunken cheek bones. He was wearing a light blue hoodie with a zipper down the front and dark pants.
Police say that the robbery isn't isolated, and that that they are reviewing similar incidents this year that involved the robbery of items such as cell phones, cash and other valuables.
Common denominators in the incidents include occurring late at night or early morning and in the uptown Third Avenue corridor, police said.
Descriptions of the suspect in each incident lead police to believe that the same person is involved.
Police are warning the public to be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially late at night when the streets tend to be quieter. Valuables should be concealed if they are absolutely required to be carried. Finally, if you are required to walk at night, always grab a friend as there is increased safety in numbers.
Anyone with information about this robbery or others that have occurred are asked to call RCMP at 250-723-2424, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.