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Two suspects are in police custody after the Mac’s convenience store at No. 4 Road and Williams was robbed shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday.
According to the store’s employee, a male suspect entered the store brandishing a box-cutter knife and demanded money. The employee complied.
The suspect then fled, getting into the passenger side of an awaiting vehicle.
The employee, who was unhurt, called Richmond RCMP as soon as the vehicle drove away.
Thanks to a detailed description of both the vehicle and the suspects, Richmond Mounties were eventually able to make two arrests.
RCMP vehicles and officers flooded the area, and within minutes a patrol officer located the suspect vehicle.
One of the suspects fled on foot but was quickly apprehended and taken into custody.
The second suspect remained in the vehicle and tried to flee the area.
But a short time later, that vehicle was again found and the second suspect was arrested.
“Despite reporting having just been robbed, the store employee was able to remain calm and provide detailed information to our call takers,” RCMP acting Cpl. Adriana Peralta said. “This information was vital and directly resulted in the quick apprehension of both alleged suspects.”
The two suspects remain in police custody and charges are pending.
Investigators are looking for witnesses who may have observed the events leading up to the robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or email local Mounties at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Anonymous information can be left with Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The Mac’s convenience store at No. 4 Road and Williams was behind police tape Thursday morning following an overnight robbery, Richmond RCMP said.
Mounties were expecting to release details about what happened around noon.
RCMP Const. Adriana Peralta told The Richmond Sentinel that nobody was injured in the robbery.
On Twitter, @MercuryMoose tweeted: “RCMP helicopter kept flying in circles at around 1 am. Figured something was up.”