Armed robber hits two Creston businesses

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  • Oct. 25, 2011 6:00 p.m.

Two armed robberies Friday and Saturday have put local businesses and employees on high alert.

A knife brandishing male wearing a hoody and obscuring his face with an article of clothing was described in both robberies, which occurred at Subway on Canyon Street and the Mountain View Inn on Northwest Boulevard.

The first robbery, at Subway, took place at about 9 p.m. on Friday.

“It was reported that a male suspect entered the business while armed with a knife and demanded money from an employee,” said Creston RCMP Const. Dave Skretting on Monday. “The employee complied with the suspect’s demands and the suspect made it out of the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, where he fled the area.”

On Saturday, a male with a similar description arrived at Mountain View Inn at 7:30 p.m., where he produced a knife and demanded cash.

“While the employee was not injured in this incident, the suspect did use physical force in an attempt to obtain money,” Skretting said. “The suspect was able to flee the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.”

Police continue to investigate both incidents and believe they are related. In both robberies, the suspect is described as being about five feet, six inches to five feet, eight inches tall.

“Police remind all business owners and their employees to remain alert at all times,” Skretting said. “Any suspicious activity should be reported to police immediately and businesses are encouraged to minimize the amount of cash kept on their premises.”

Anyone with information about the robberies, or any other crime, is asked to call Creston RCMP at 250-428-9313 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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