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Search is on for man who stole car at gunpoint

Abbotsford Police are searching for a man who broke into a home, struck a police cruiser and produced a handgun to steal another vehicle.

The incident began at about 5 p.m. on Friday, when police were called about a break-in at a home in the 30000 block of Nicholson Road in north Abbotsford.

When officers arrived, the suspect fled in a pickup – later determined to be stolen from Burnaby – and struck a police vehicle parked at the end of the driveway before fleeing south on Mt. Lehman Road.

Minutes later, police deployed a spike belt, but the pickup continued south, where it was involved in a crash with another vehicle at Mt. Lehman Road and Cardinal Avenue.

The suspect produced a handgun, forcing a woman out of her Toyota Corolla before fleeing in it westbound on the Trans-Canada Highway.

No one was seriously injured. Attempts to locate the vehicle throughout the evening were unsuccessful.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his 20s or 30s wearing a dark hoodie. He was last seen driving a 2006 grey Toyota Corolla with B.C. licence plate 726 PHL. If located, please call your local police.

The Abbotsford Police major crime unit is continuing its investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

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