Two business robberies within one week

Abbotsford experienced a rash of robberies last fall, but there had been a respite until now.

A lull in business robberies has ended in Abbotsford, after the second one in less than a week took place on Sunday night.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said a man walked into the Domino’s Pizza at 32465 South Fraser Way at 9:20 p.m. and demanded cash from a female employee.

He was not carrying a weapon nor were any customers in the restaurant, MacDonald said. The man then fled on foot.

The culprit is described as Caucasian, 20 to 30 years old, 5′ 6″ with acne and a pockmarked face. He was wearing a black hoodie, a black baseball cap and blue jeans.

Police are now reviewing surveillance video in hopes of identifying the suspect.

Last Wednesday, a convenience store was robbed in the 1500 block of McCallum Road by a man with a fake gun.

Jorden Leland-Weaver, 18, was found in a field along the Canada-U.S. border and has been charged with robbery, wearing a disguise, and using an imitation firearm.

MacDonald said police believe a second suspect drove the get-away vehicle, and they are still trying to track down that person.

Business robberies became a focus for Abbotsford Police last fall, after a rash of them were reported throughout the city, including at five Subway locations.

MacDonald said the incidents died down after police issued public warnings, increased patrols and made some arrests.

“Robbery is one of those things that once you start a spree, you’ll see it continue until they (the robbers) have enough cash to move on, or they’re caught.”

MacDonald said police had identified a few people of interest in the Subway robberies, but no arrests were made due to difficulties in confirming the suspect’s identity.

The culprit often wore a hoodie that concealed his face, or surveillance video did not provide suitable images, sometimes showing only the top of the robber’s head.

“We found that a lot of places have video, but the vantage points were not ideal,” MacDonald said.

Meanwhile, police are also investigating a series of iPhone thefts, with the sixth one occurring on Thursday night outside Sevenoaks Shopping Centre.

The culprit, who is believed to be the same in all cases, approaches victims and asks to use their phone to make an emergency call. He then runs away with the device, or grabs it out of the person’s hand.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, 20 to 25 years old, about 5′ 6″, with blonde to brown hair, and a medium to stocky build.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225.