RCMP deal with another rash of robberies

An armed robbery in Chilliwack Thursday afternoon led to arrests on the Cheam reserve, and could be linked to two robberies in Agassiz.

RCMP are asking for help to find a man who’s alleged to have staged two armed robberies in Popkum over the last two weeks.

Just before 10 p.m. on March 25 the suspect carried a weapon into a restaurant in the 53000 block of Bunker Road.

An employee handed over money from the till and the man took off on a bike.

At 6:35 a.m. April 3 another robbery happened in the same block of Bunker Road. This time the suspect got into a struggle with an employee. While he eventually made off with merchandise from the business, the employee was left with a non-life threatening head injury.

Again, the suspect escaped on a bike.

RCMP from Agassiz and Chilliwack, with help from police dogs, conducted a thorough search of the area but didn’t find him.

Witnesses to both robberies described the suspect as an aboriginal male, approximately five-foot-eight with a medium build.

“As part of the ongoing investigation, police are attempting to determine if the same person is responsible for both of the robberies,” said RCMP Cpl. Mike Rail.

And incident that may or may not be related to the Agassiz robberies happened Thursday afternoon in Chilliwack when the Wells Road Grocery was held up.

Minutes after it happened, police received reports of three men in a black BMW who looked like they might be preparing to rob a Chilliwack 7-11. RCMP tailed them quite a ways onto the Cheam reserve where they were arrested at gunpoint.

Anyone with info about any of these incidents is asked to call the Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211, the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-492-4611 or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).