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Two robberies in four days in Abbotsford
Abbotsford Police believe that two robberies occurring within four days of each other could be connected.
The first incident took place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at about 2:30 p.m., when two men entered a pharmacy in the 2000 block of McCallum Road.
Const. Ian MacDonald said the men waited outside the store until it was empty. One of the suspects then approached the cashier, demanding cash, while the second man stood just inside the front door.
Both men wore dark clothing with hoodies and had their faces covered.
MacDonald said no weapons were used and no staff members were injured.
The men fled on foot, heading south on McCallum Road, but it is not known whether they had a vehicle parked nearby.
The next robbery took place on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at about 10 p.m. Three men waited outside a pizza shop in the 33000 block of South Fraser Way until no customers were left.
Two of the men approached the cashier, and one of them brandished what appeared to be a handgun. The pair demanded cash, while the third suspect stood watch, and the trio then fled.
All three wore dark clothing and had their faces covered. The store employee was not physically harmed.
MacDonald said police are concerned that the robberies involve a group of men and seem to be an organized operation. He said the typical scenario involves one person, who is usually desperate for drug money.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.