Ladysmith RCMP report robbery at Coronation Mall

Lone male with knife demands money at local Co-Op gas station

Ladysmith RCMP is investigating an armed robbery at Coronation Mall after a man held local workers at knife-point.

The incident happened on Feb. 11 at approximately 8:50 p.m. at the Co-Op gas station in the south end of Ladysmith.

“We don’t have any suspects yet,” Cpl. Tim Desaulniers told The Chronicle. “We’re waiting for video surveillance from the company and then we’ll be reviewing it. They told us he walked onto the street through the bushes and then disappeared so we don’t have a direction of travel after that.”

Co-Op gas station has CCTV cameras on-site.

“A lone male, entered the store, brandished a knife, and demanded money,” said Desaulniers in a press release. “The clerk complied and the male left the location on a bicycle that was behind the business with an undisclosed amount of money.”

Police were immediately called but were unable to find the culprit who vanished into the night on what was a rainy evening in town.

“The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 35 years-old, 5’8″ tall, 200 pounds, with a dark goatee. He was wearing a faded black hoody, blue jeans and black runners. He was also wearing a multi-coloured Rastafarian knitted hat with fake dreadlocks at the time of the robbery in an effort to disguise himself,” wrote Desaulniers in the release.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the Ladsymith RCMP at 250-245-2215 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Elsewhere, earlier that day, there was an accident involving a motor vehicle on Dogwood Drive.

The incident occurred in the early hours with one person being transported to hospital with serious injuries.

“On Feb. 11 at 12:39 a.m., BC Ambulance Service responded to a motor vehicle incident in the 300 block of Dogwood Drive,” unit chief Steven van der Minne told The Chronicle. “Two ground ambulances and one air ambulance were sent to the scene. One patient in serious condition was transported to Victoria General Hospital by air ambulance.”

Van der Minne is based in Ladysmith with the ambulance service.