Port Alberni RCMP are on the hunt for a man who robbed the Petro Canada station on River Road Monday night.
Police responded to a hold-up alarm at the station at approximately 10:15 a.m., Cpl. Jen Allan said.
A man entered the store brandishing an undisclosed weapon and demanded money from the cashier. The clerk complied and gave up an undisclosed amount of cash then the man fled towards the Kitsuksis Dyke. No one was injured in the incident.
“This is the first armed robbery like this in Port Alberni in a very long time,” Allan said.
Police were unsuccessful in tracking the suspect with a police dog and patrols never found him.
Investigators are working with Petro Canada management to review security equipment. Police dog units also returned to the area Tuesday morning to look for articles connected to the incident that may have been dropped or discarded, she said.
The suspect is described as a thinly built young Caucasian male, standing approximately five feet six inches tall. He was dressed in black clothing, wearing a winter style coat with the hood up, black and grey BMX-style gloves, and a bandana type covering on the lower half of his face.
No one was injured in the robbery, and the clerk did the right thing by following the instructions of the suspect.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424 or Crime Stoppers at-1-800-222-TIPS.