Police believe the same man is involved in a bank robbery and an attempted robbery at a Tim Hortons, which both occurred on Wednesday in Nanaimo.
Just after midnight on Nov. 29, a man showed up at the drive-thru window at the Dickinson Crossing Tim Hortons location while on foot. He allegedly brandished a knife and demanded cash from the till.
The Tim Hortons’ employee did not give the man any money and the suspect left on foot.
Then after 3 p.m. that same day, the Scotiabank in the Norad Plaza was robbed. According to police, a male suspect entered the bank at 6750 Island Highway North, near Costco, at around 3:30 p.m. He allegedly produced a note demanding cash.
The man was given an undisclosed amount of cash. Police said he then walked out of the bank and into the mall’s parking lot.
RCMP also said a weapon was not seen or produced during the robbery.
Police have provided pictures of the suspect from the bank robbery and the suspect from the attempted robbery.
The suspect is described by police as a white man, stocky and 5’10.” Police said he has a handlebar moustache with a soul patch. He was last seen wearing a grey toque, a black hoodie with “CarHartt” written on the left sleeve in white lettering, black pants, grey skater shoes and dark sunglasses.
Anyone who has information about either of the incidents or know the identity of the suspect is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.