The Vedder Rotary Trail was one location of a reported armed robbery on Aug. 20, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

The Vedder Rotary Trail was one location of a reported armed robbery on Aug. 20, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Two Chilliwack armed robberies likely connected, say RCMP

Two separate robberies involved man allegedly brandishing a gun

An area of the Vedder River trail system in Chilliwack was the scene of some serious concern last week.

Police say they are investigating two armed robberies in the Vedder Crossing area of Chilliwack on Aug. 20. At about 10:30 a.m., Chilliwack RCMP received a report of an armed robbery after a woman was approached by a man brandishing a firearm on the Vedder Rotary Trail near Petawawa and Korea roads. The suspect was described as an Indigenous male in his early 20s, wearing a red hoodie, blue jeans and a black face mask.

Despite a heavy police presence in the area, including front line officers, members of the Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services and RCMP Air Services, the suspect was not located.

Then at about 2:30 p.m. that same day, Chilliwack RCMP received a report of a second robbery at the Webster Landing Skate Park. In this case, a 13-year-old boy was approached by a male who produced what appeared to be a gun and demanded his bike. The suspect fled the scene on the boy’s bike prior to police arrival. The suspect in this robbery was wearing jeans and had his face covered. The stolen bike is described as a green “Sunday” bicycle with black handlebars and foot pegs.

Investigation into these armed robberies continues, according to police.

“Given the time, location and circumstances, police believe that these incidents may be related,” Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Krista Vrolyk said.

“At this stage in the investigation, we are unable to confirm whether the firearm used in these offences was a real or replica firearm. RCMP treat all calls involving firearms as real until they are able to confirm otherwise.”

The Chilliwack RCMP are asking anyone with information regarding these crimes to call 604-792-4611.

READ MORE: Abbotsford bank ATM robbery thwarted by woman standing her ground


@CHWKcommunity
jpeters@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

CrimeRCMP