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Police hunt for pistol-packin’ senior

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Police in four Lower Mainland cities are hunting for an armed senior caught on camera robbing several grocery stores throughout the year, including a Toys R Us this month when people were doing Christmas shopping.

In one case, video captures the man with a handgun struggling with an employee who ended up being “pistol whipped.” Vancouver police Det. Const. Joe Danieli said the bandit is typically wearing a black hat, sunglasses and carries a reusable grocery bag for clerks to stuff with cash.

“He’s probably casing the place out … prior to doing the offence,” he said, describing the suspect as an opportunist who hides in the “shadows.”

Robberies matching his description have been reported between March and December in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Vancouver and Burnaby.

Police believe he drives a black Ford Explorer made within the past six years.

The grocery chains robbed include Safeway, SuperValu, Extra Foods, Choices Market and an independent grocer.


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