A suspect armed with a knife and bat robbed Nanaimo’s Harewood Arms Beer and Wine store on Saturday. (Photo submitted)

Man in Halloween costume robs Vancouver Island liquor store

A suspect armed with a knife and bat robbed Nanaimo’s Harewood Arms Beer and Wine store on Saturday

It’s a bit too early for Halloween, but a man in what could be a Grim Reaper costume robbed a Nanaimo liquor store for an undisclosed amount of cash last weekend.

According to the Nanaimo RCMP, an individual armed with a knife and bat and dressed up in a skeleton costume and mask walked into the Harewood Arms Beer and Wine store on Saturday at around 10:40 p.m. and began banging on the counter demanding money from the two clerks.

Immediately after receiving cash, the suspect fled and was last seen running toward Howard Avenue according to police, who were called to the scene but couldn’t locate the individual.

The suspect is believed to be a man who is between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9 with a medium build and was last seen wearing a black gown, white shirt, gloves and mask.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said there were no customers inside the store at the time of the robbery but that it was a traumatizing experience for the two store clerks.

“It would be quite terrifying to say the least,” he said.

O’Brien said the bat and knife were recovered near the scene and that police believe the suspect had a vehicle nearby. He said while police have no direct evidence to suggest the suspect has committed robbery before, they believe this wasn’t the first time.

“It was well planned out,” O’Brien said. “The chances of them doing it before are probably fairly high.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

10 tonnes of plastic cleared from North Coast beaches

Living Oceans Society spent three days sorting the marine debris

Court orders protestors to leave fish farm site

“The adjournment allows us to compile our evidence and present it in 30 days.”

NISS Students find out what journalism is all about

Four students visit the Gazette for a work experience

Disability Tax Credits in jeopardy for Type 1 diabetics

“It’s something I deal with every day of my life.”

Port Hardy Residents still waiting for Telus Fibre Optic

Mansourati was unable to say who Telus would be contracting to finish the ninth fibre serving area.

100,000 bulbs shine bright for Lights of Hope

St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver launched its annual campaign to raise funds for equipment, research

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Nasty note on B.C. windshield sparks online outrage

Vernon’s Bailey McDonald is using a painful experience to start conversation about invisible illness

Port Alberni resident robbed with weapon, thieves steal thousands

Most of the stolen currency is in Canadian $100 bills. The police investigation is ongoing.

Single vehicle crash on Old Island Highway sends driver to hospital

A single-vehicle crash just north of Courtenay early Friday morning sent one… Continue reading

Federal funding to combat guns, gangs and opioid crisis

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said illicit drugs are often main cause of guns, gangs violence

Riverview youth mental health centre proceeds

Replacement for Maples Treatment Centre first announced in March

Dead boy’s father posts Facebook response after Appeal Court upholds conviction

David, Collet Stephan were found guilty in their son Ezekiel’s 2012 death from bacterial meningitis

INTERACTIVE MAP: Follow the 2017 Tour de Rock

Follow the Tour de Rock, as they pedal more than 1,000 kilometres fundraising to combat paediatric cancer

Most Read