Lots of tips but no arrest yet of robbery suspect

Abbotsford Police released video surveillance images last week of man wanted for committing two armed robberies in an hour.

An armed robbery suspect was caught on video surveillance at the Red Apple Food Store on Oct. 22.

Abbotsford Police have received several tips about the suspect in video surveillance images from two armed robberies last week, but no one has yet been arrested.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the department “certainly has some candidates” but the investigation is still underway.

He said police are also trying to determine whether that suspect is connected to five previous armed robberies in the city, as well as two in Mission.

The latest robberies both took place last Tuesday night in Abbotsford less than an hour apart.

The first was at the Red Apple Food Store on Marshall Road at 4:45 p.m., followed by the Esso convenience store on Huntingdon Road at 5:30 p.m.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, 20 to 30 years old, 5′ 8″ to 5′ 10″ with a medium build. He wore sunglasses and a baseball cap.

A similar suspect description was given in six of the seven previous robberies, except in those cases, the robber covered the lower part of his face.

The description was slightly different in one of the incidents, where the suspect was described as having a stocky build.

The robbery spree began Sept. 16, taking place at a McDonald’s restaurant on Mt. Lehman Road.

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.