Store owner armed with windshield scrapers stops robbery

A knife-wielding bandit, chased out of Kim's Grocery store last week by the owner armed with long-handled windshield scrapers, is being sought by police.

A knife-wielding bandit, chased out of Kim’s Grocery store last week by the owner armed with long-handled windshield scrapers, is being sought by police.

“By no means do we encourage people to defend themselves or their property from robbery suspects,” RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth said.

“This business owner made that decision, and thankfully was unharmed,” she said.

The owner was in a back room of the store when he heard the cash register being opened at about 7:45 p.m. on April 4. He rushed out to confront a man taking money out of the till.

“The suspect produced a knife, and told the owner that it was a robbery,” Hollingsworth said.

But the owner grabbed two long-handled windshield scrapers and chased the suspect, who ran out of the store and hopped into a dark-green, four-door car and sped away eastbound on Yale Road towards Rosedale.

The Caucasian suspect is described as about 50 years old, with balding grey hair, clean shaven, wearing a royal-blue hooded ski jacket and a light-coloured baseball cap. He was also wearing black gloves and sunglasses, and had the hood of his jacket and the baseball cap pulled down over his face.

Victims of theft and robberies are advised by police to cooperate with their assailants.

“Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions,” Hollingsworth said.

Some police tips to survive a robbery:

– Don’t resist;

– Don’t make any sudden moves;

– If the robber says he has a weapon – believe him;

– Never try to be a hero;

– Call police as soon as possible.

Anyone with information about the Kim’s Grocery robbery is asked to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.