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

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Abbotsford News readers nominated their Heroes in Education.
Celebrating our Heroes in Education

Abbotsford educators, staff go ‘Above and Beyond’ for their students

The South Poplar one-room schoolhouse in Abbotsford is among three local heritage buildings that will benefit from provincial funding announced this week. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Abbotsford heritage buildings, including one-room schoolhouse, get $162K in funding

Upper Sumas train station and 145-year-old Turner House also included

The Fraser Valley Bandits 2021 regular season schedule has been released. (File photo)
Fraser Valley Bandits release 2021 regular season schedule

Professional basketball team hopes to have fans inside Abbotsford Centre in 2021

Snowfall warnings Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 for parts of the Fraser Valley and Fraser Canyon. (Jennifer Feinberg/The Chilliwack Progress)
Winter storm warnings Thursday for Fraser Valley and Fraser Canyon

Snow is expected to become heavier as day progresses with snowfall amounts of up to 30 centimetres

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
NDP will not trigger election as long as pandemic continues: Singh

‘“We will vote to keep the government going’

Police stopped car riddled with bullets in Whalley Monday night. (Photo: CFSEU)
Police seize two pounds of pot, $25K from Surrey car riddled with bullet holes

This was in the neighbourhood of 104th Avenue and Whalley Boulevard on Monday night

“Support your city” reads a piece of graffiti outside the Ministry of Finance office. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Slew of anti-bylaw graffiti ‘unacceptable’ says Victoria mayor, police

Downtown businesses, bylaw office and Ministry of Finance vandalized Wednesday morning

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)
Former Alberta teacher accused of sexually assaulting students found dead in B.C.

Mounties say Michael Gregory’s death has been deemed ‘non-suspicious’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A woman boards a transit bus through rear doors, in Vancouver, on Friday, March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
TransLink slow to reveal crucial details about ransomware attack, says union

Union says company took months to admit what info was stolen, including SIN and bank account details

Most Read