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Abbotsford Police release video from recent armed robbery
The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) has released a portion of the security video footage from an armed robbery that occurred last week at the Red Apple Food Store.
The robbery was the first of two that took place less than an hour apart on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and involved the same suspect.
In addition, police have identified the hooded jacket that the man was wearing during the robbery. The "Metal Mulisha Effigy" jacket was black, although it appears to be purple or blue in the video.
Const. Ian MacDonald said police hope that the video and the hoodie will be enough for someone to recognize and report the suspect.
The incident at the Red Apple Food Store – located at 32354 Marshall Rd. – took place at about 4:45 p.m. It was followed by a robbery at the Esso convenience store at 32375 Huntingdon Rd. at about 5:40 p.m.
In both incidents, the stores were staffed by lone female employees, and the suspect was carrying a handgun.
"These robberies have caused great concern to our community and victimized two women who were simply attempting to earn a living while working at small businesses," MacDonald said.
Police released photos from video surveillance at both locations the day after the robberies. Although several tips have come in about the person's identity, they have not yet led to the man's arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call the APD at 604-859-5225, text abbypd (222973) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Police are also still seeking information on five previous armed robberies in Abbotsford and two in Mission. It is not known whether the suspect is the same in these incidents.
The robbery spree began Sept. 16, taking place at a McDonald's restaurant on Mt. Lehman Road.
The two Mission incidents occurred on Oct. 12 at the 14 Avenue Pub and Oct. 16 at the
Mac's convenience store on Seventh Avenue and Stave Lake Street. Anyone with information on those robberies is asked to call the Mission RCMP at 604-826-7161.