Armed robbery suspect makes off with cash and lottery tickets

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Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect in a recent armed robbery.

Police responded to a business in the 500 block of 5th Street after receiving a call that a suspect pointed what appeared to be a handgun at an employee, stole cash and lottery tickets and then fled.

RCMP did not apprehend the suspect — described as a male in his 40’s, about 5’6″ tall and wearing a black ski mask and a blue coat, according to an RCMP media release.

“It was extremely upsetting for the employees. Fortunately, no one was injured, and our Police Based Victim Services personnel are working with anyone who the crime had impacted,” said Const. Sherri Wade.

Wade said people driving or walking in the area around 9 p.m. on Jan. 26 may have spotted the suspect. Anyone with information that may help to identify this person can call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 and reference file #2022-2949.

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