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Woman pulls knife on staff during Abbotsford robbery, police say

Jacqueline Skimming now charged with assault and theft
Photo by Dale Klippenstein

A woman pulled a knife on staff and robbed a business of items worth $600 on Saturday (Sept. 23), according to police.

Const. Art Stele, media officer with the Abbotsford Police Department (APD), said the incident took place at around 12:20 p.m. in the 1800 block of McCallum Road.

Stele said officers spotted the suspect as she was leaving the area, and she was arrested.

Jacqueline Bernadette Skimming, 42, is now facing charges of theft under $5,000 and assault.

Investigators are asking that anyone who has cellphone or dashcam footage at the scene of the arrest between 2016 and 2048 McCallum Road to contact them at 604-859-5225.

According to the provincial court database, Skimming has a long criminal record – almost entirely in Chilliwack – that includes prior convictions for offences such as uttering threats, carrying a prohibited weapon, assault with a weapon, mischief, assault, possession of stolen property, motor vehicle theft, driving while prohibited, criminal harassment, robbery and numerous breaches of her conditions.

A June 2022 press release from the Chilliwack RCMP stated that Skimming used a taxi to leave a store that she had robbed after producing a weapon. The driver had no knowledge of the crime.

In April 2o23, Skimming was sentenced to time served and one year of probation in relation to that incident.

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