Police are asking the public for help in nabbing a thief who used a knife during a robbery.
The incident began on the afternoon of Sept. 9, at the Real Canadian Superstore on Lougheed Highway, when a man allegedly stole a number of items from the store.
Police said when a loss prevention officer confronted the suspect, he took out a knife and threatened the employee before taking off.
No one was hurt in the incident.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian, or possibly Hispanic, man in his 40s, standing five feet, four inches tall, with a bald head and pimples on his face. He also had a strong body odour.
The suspect was wearing a black jacket, black sweat pants and white runners, and has a Hispanic accent.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2013-27013.
Warning issued to businesses
Coquitlam Mounties are reminding local businesses to keep an eye out for scammers, after a recent incident at Coquitlam Centre.
The incident happened on Oct. 20 at an unidentified store in the mall after a man walked into the business and told the employee he had a work order to upgrade a PIN pad for new American Express chip cards. However, police said the employee felt the man was in a hurry and appeared to be suspicious. Rather than allowing him to proceed, she told the man she would need to confirm the work order with her manager before he could start. After the conversation, the man left and never came back.
“If anyone comes into your business claiming they have to install anything to your PIN pad and you have no prior knowledge of it, we recommend that you verify the claim with your colleagues,” said RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung. “In this case, the employee’s action may have averted many potential skimming scams at the business.”
The suspect is described as a bald man with an average build, wearing a striped shirt, navy-blue sweater, khaki pants and carrying a “man bag.”
A photo of the suspect was not provided.
Man faces charges
in alleged break-and-enter
A Port Moody man will have to face a judge after being arrested during an alleged break-in Monday.
Coquitlam Mounties were called to a report of a break and enter in progress in the early afternoon at a home in the 1200 block of Texada Street.
The suspect allegedly broke into and ransacked part of the house, then tried to flee as officers surrounded the area.
Police said the suspect scaled a fence and got into a neighbouring yard, then went over another fence while officers gave chase. The foot chase came to an end with officers arresting the suspect.
“When the complainant noticed someone was trying to break into the house, he called 911 immediately and provided us with the suspect’s description and location,” RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said in a statement.
“The information allowed our dispatcher and officers to coordinate a timely response and have the suspect in custody.”
Matthew James Wang, 27, is facing four criminal charges, including break and enter to commit an indictable offence, possession of stolen property, possession of a break-in instrument, and breach of recognizance. He was scheduled to make a court appearance on Oct. 31.
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