Port Alberni RCMP are looking for a male suspect who robbed the Johnston Road Chevron Town Pantry with a machete on the evening of Feb. 5.

Port Alberni RCMP are looking for a male suspect who robbed the Johnston Road Chevron Town Pantry with a machete on the evening of Feb. 5.

Suspect sought in Alberni gas station robbery

Port Alberni RCMP are hunting for a man who robbed the Johnston Road Chevron Station with a machete on Feb. 5.

Port Alberni RCMP are hunting for a man who robbed the Johnston Road Chevron Station with a machete.

Police responded to the business shortly after 8 p.m. on Feb. 5. after receiving a 9-1-1 call from the clerk, RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said.

The clerk told police that a man with a bandana covering his face entered the station alone brandishing a machete and demanding money. The clerk cooperated and the suspect fled north on Elizabeth Street.

Police arrived within minutes and contained the area. A police-dog unit that was brought in sniffed out a partial route the suspect used to get away but was unable to locate him.

A police forensics team team has processed the station for evidence.

The incident is similar to a robbery of the PetroCan gas station on River Road in January, and police are fervently hunting for the suspect.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, five foot seven inches tall, averagely built with light brown curly hair. He was last scene wearing a large green jacket, grey hoodie, jeans, brown coloured shoes or boots, and a green bandana.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the local RCMP at 250-723-2424, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS where reports can be received with complete anonymity and may result in a cash payment.

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